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High-end saturday lunch?

PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 01:14 PM

Hi all,

We will be downtown on the 17th and are looking for a good lunch spot for our annual holiday outing to hang out on the mag mile. We would like a real meal... not brunch, not just sandwiches, but actual entrees! All the places we used to go are either not open for lunch on sat anymore, or have switched to just serving brunch or sandwiches (Nomi, Atwood, Four Seasons, etc...). After surfing opentable for hours the only one that is sticking with me is Aria. Anywhere in the Loop, Mag mile, Streeterville, even south or west Loop would be fine. Any advice?

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

P

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  1. Gonzo70 RE: PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 02:17 PM

    Did you consider Blackbird (West Loop area)? Purple Pig (no reservations) is right on Michigan Avenue, so that might be worth considering as well. Both of these venues have great reputations and serve full lunches.

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      nsxtasy RE: Gonzo70 Dec 9, 2011 09:01 PM

      Blackbird is not open for lunch on Saturdays.

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        Gonzo70 RE: nsxtasy Dec 10, 2011 10:03 AM

        Thanks, I forgot about that.

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      ms. mika RE: PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 02:23 PM

      What about Cafe Spiaggia?

      1. nsxtasy RE: PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 09:09 PM

        I just took a look at Opentable and the following places downtown with openings for lunch that day are all good and would all seem to fit the bill: Aria (pan-Asian), Balsan (contemporary American-Mediterranean), Cafe Spiaggia (Italian), Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Custom House Tavern (American), David Burke's Primehouse (steakhouse), The Florentine (Italian), Gibsons (steakhouse) and Hugo's (seafood), Le Colonial (Vietnamese), Mercat a la Planxa (tapas), NoMI Kitchen (American), Quartino (Italian small plates), Sable (contemporary American small plates), Sixteen (contemporary American), and Terzo Piano (Italian). In addition, Purple Pig (mentioned above, for charcuterie, organ meats, etc) is another possibility.

        Of these, the ones within two blocks of the Mag Mile are, from north to south: Gibsons/Hugo's, Le Colonial, Cafe Spiaggia, Balsan, NoMI Kitchen, Quartino, David Burke's, Purple Pig, Sable, and Sixteen.

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          mountsac RE: PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 09:23 PM

          Perhaps RL or Custom House

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            Siun RE: PamelaD Dec 9, 2011 09:53 PM

            Lots of good suggestions here ... Many of my favorites but given that this sounds like a treat and you specifically ask for "high end" I'd really recommend lunch at Sixteen in the Trump tower. It has the most gorgeous view in the city. I had a lunch there recently and appreciated the exceptional service and the lunch menu had tasty offerings at appropriate prices. I had a very nice trout dish and loved the whole thing. I am not tempted by their dinner menu but think they're ideal for a treat lunch.

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              nsxtasy RE: Siun Dec 10, 2011 06:20 AM

              It's not clear what you mean by "high end". If you're referring to the city's most expensive restaurants - the ones with high prices, lengthy tasting menus, armies of waitstaff, etc, and you're looking for a bargain while dining there - none of those restaurants is open for lunch. Sixteen is not really at that level, although it's very nice and would probably serve your needs as well as any of these places. The view at Sixteen is nice - you can see through other buildings towards a sliver of the lake, and the room is very spacious - but I wouldn't call it the most gorgeous view in the city. From the places I've listed above, I'd say the most gorgeous view is at NoMI Kitchen, whose huge picture window looks out at the park, the Water Tower, and the Mag Mile.

            2. PamelaD RE: PamelaD Dec 10, 2011 10:00 AM

              Hi everyone, Thanks so much for the input.
              Nsxtasy, I suppose what I mean by 'high-end for Sat lunch" is something like what NoMi USED to be... (went there for Holiday Lunch many years in a row.) What a great view, but looking at the menu for sat lunch, it is mostly sushi and sandwiches now. My husband is a meat-and-poatoes guy and I am gluten free! We steer away from Itailian (too much pasta and bread for my liking). Not really wanting to sit in a dark booth at G&G, Hugo's, etc.. on a lovely Dec Saturday, so those classics are mostly out. Gee, I am picky, aren't I?! A few of the others mentioned, if you look carefully at their menus/hours have switched to brunch on Saturdays (again too much bread, pancakes, etc... that I cannot eat). At this point I am leaning toward Custom House or Sixteen. Thanks again to all for the suggestions!
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                nsxtasy RE: PamelaD Dec 10, 2011 12:07 PM

                Thanks for the clarification. Yes, NoMI used to be a high-end restaurant, but has re-concepted as the more casual NoMI Kitchen. Custom House was not quite as high-end, but did a similar re-concepting as the more casual Custom House Tavern. Sixteen is more high-end than Custom House, but either way, it sounds like you've got some options!

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