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Best TIME For Xoco & Sunday Brunch... Help please!

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yesilovestotravel Nov 10, 2011 02:39 PM

Hello CH!

Im finalizing my Itinerary, and I will be going the Saturday after Thanksgiving to Xoco for early dinner.

I don't mind going earlier or later... I want to avoid as much as possible the long wait.
So, what's the best time to go ( I know this place is always busy... im looking for the least busy time)

and my 2nd question is: what is a good place for sunday brunch (inexpensive) like $15 per person near Mag. Mile? near Courtyard by Marriot Downtown/Mag. Mile on Ontario...

We rather pancakes, french toast (stuffed better), quiche, good coffee that sort of thing (not looking for salads,steak & such... i'll leave that for lunch/dinner)

Thanks!

Yesi

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XOCO
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

  1. nsxtasy Nov 10, 2011 02:46 PM

    I think Frontera Grill is a better bet than XOCO for dinner. The menu at Frontera is much more creative and unusual, unlike what you find in Mexican restaurants in most other American cities. (Check out the menus on their websites to see the difference and to decide which one you want.) And it sounds like you might be thinking of Frontera Grill anyway; Frontera is the one known for its long waits. For Frontera, arrive a little before they open the doors at 5:00 to avoid a long wait. I'd recommend 4:45 or so. If you ask to sit at the bar, you can order from either menu, Frontera Grill's or Topolobampo.

    >> and my 2nd question is: what is a good place for sunday brunch (inexpensive) like $15 per person near Mag. Mile? near Courtyard by Marriot Downtown/Mag. Mile on Ontario...

    For conventional breakfast fare, Yolk's Ohio Street location is three blocks away. But if you're looking for a nice selection of different kinds of French toast, walk seven blocks west to the Wells Street location of Meli Cafe.

    The Tribune did an article about the best French toast in town: http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

    For the most part, I agree with their descriptions and choices. One of the exceptions was at Heaven on Seven, mentioned below. I've had deep-fried French toast in the past at a few places, and when it works, it can be great. I've had it at Heaven on Seven, and the middle was rather dry, which it shouldn't be. There are lots better places for really great French toast around town, including Jam, M. Henry / M. Henrietta, and Lula, none of which is near your hotel. The stuffed French toast at Meli Cafe is pretty darn good; they have a choice of apple-mascarpone or strawberry-mascarpone.

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    Frontera Grill
    445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Heaven on Seven
    600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Meli Cafe & Juice Bar
    540 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Yolk
    355 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

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      yesilovestotravel Nov 10, 2011 03:46 PM

      Thanks... I actually do mean Xoco... We have reservations to other places... and i felt like to good ol' messy food! LOL for one of my dinners..

      other places we are going are: D. Burke's Primehouse, Mercat a la Plancha, Dessert Tasting @ Tru, Quartino's... (and of course the deep dish & chicago dog)

      The Sandwiches & meals in a bowl look like really good comfort food.

      As for Sunday brunch... i thought I read in another post that Heaven on Seven is closed on Sundays?... I'll check out the other suggestions and get back to you guys... im @ work still...
      Thanks

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      Quartino
      626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

      Heaven on Seven
      224 S Main St, Naperville, IL 60540

      XOCO
      449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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        yesilovestotravel Nov 10, 2011 03:52 PM

        Ohh, I see... I was looking at the Heaven on 7 in the loop... that one is closed on sunday...
        The one on rush "is" open!

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      vrollings Nov 10, 2011 02:47 PM

      I'll defer to others on the Xoco question. As for brunch at that price point, Heaven on Seven at Rush and Ohio would be a good bet. Some CHer's don't like the place, but I think their brunches are a great value for yummy food. Enjoy your trip!

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      XOCO
      449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

      1. camusman Nov 10, 2011 03:20 PM

        I''m a big fan of XOCO and urge you to stick to your original plan. Try 5:30 on Saturday, though with all the shoppers downtown, don't expect to find the place empty at any point in the day. The Ahodaga sandwich and the carnitas caldo are good bets, and don't miss the hot chocolate (the simpler the better).

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          yesilovestotravel Nov 10, 2011 03:49 PM

          Thanks camusman! I did mean Xoco... it has better reviews overall than Frontera... and quicker to eat... and I really really want one of those sandwiches with cochinita pibil!! & the meals in a bowl! ... yes... im going to get both! LOL

          Thanks for the time reference.. I was thinking around 5:30 or so myself as well...

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          XOCO
          449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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            Siun Nov 11, 2011 12:09 AM

            Enjoy Xoco - they are marvelous. By the way, their pecan cookies are super and the Aztec hot chocolate gets me through the winter.qqqq

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            XOCO
            449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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