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Business Dinner Budget Dropped - Help Needed

Chicago Wine Geek Jan 23, 2012 01:07 PM

So I've got a business dinner for 4 people this Thursday and had booked David Burke's. My budget just got chopped so high end beef is out of the question. Can someone recommend something awesome that I can do in the $30/person range that would be within a $10 cab ride of the Swisshotel? Any cuisine will work, just looking for something really good.

Thanks in advance hounds.

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    Querencia Jan 29, 2012 09:54 PM

    If you choose a restaurant close to the hotel so you can walk, could you not put the cab fare toward the dinner?

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    1. re: Querencia
      mccormdr Feb 15, 2012 12:12 PM

      disclaimer: I'm a founder of eventswired.
      If you have these types of requests frequently, you can use EventsWired.com. It's a new website that streams ideas, pricing, and promotions for business dinners, events, and team outings. You'll get a few promotions every week and it doesn't cost you anything.

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      Siun Jan 24, 2012 10:19 PM

      My meals at Atwood have always run much higher ... tips for keeping it under $30?

      We've fallen in love with La Madia for their special entrees - see if you can book the table in the side room with the wine cellar and it would feel quite upscale. Order the chianti braised short ribs with vegetable risotto for a super good meal.

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      1. re: Siun
        chicgail Jan 25, 2012 01:44 AM

        You're right, Siun, most entrees there are in the mid- to upper-20s.

        1. re: chicgail
          Siun Jan 25, 2012 10:07 PM

          I haven't been to Atwood since Chef Terhune moved to Sable - how is it nowadays? I always really enjoyed it.

      2. chicgail Jan 24, 2012 02:03 AM

        Does the $30/person include alcohol, tax & tip?

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        1. re: chicgail
          Chicago Wine Geek Jan 24, 2012 07:34 AM

          Nope. $30 per person plus drinks and tip.

          1. re: Chicago Wine Geek
            Chicago Wine Geek Jan 24, 2012 10:22 AM

            I might go over, but I'm thinking of the Slurping Turtle. Anyone been yet? I loved Takashi when I took my wife.

            1. re: Chicago Wine Geek
              chicgail Jan 24, 2012 04:22 PM

              Some thoughts:
              Atwood Cafe - in the loop, quiet, quite good, Loop
              Carnivale - lively, maybe a little noisy, but good and reasonable pan-Latin, West Loop
              Bistronomic - French
              Coco Pazzo Cafe - Italian, quiet, Streeterville
              Zocolo - upscale Mexican (not tacos and burritos)
              Mexique, fine Mexican in a quiet setting, West Town
              LeSardine - French bistro; authentic excellent food, West Loop

              check out the websites and the menus and see what you think will work for your group.

              You may also want to see what opentable.com has available.

              La Sardine
              111 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607

              Coco Pazzo Cafe
              636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

              Atwood Cafe
              1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

              1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

              702 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60661

              840 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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