Unique restaurants downtown?
We are Minneapolis folks heading to Chicago this week for a conference and looking for a good (non-chain type) restaurant in the downtown area or nearby. We will be staying at the James Hotel (E. Ontario St. and N. Michigan Ave. roughly) and are looking for a spot to meet friends on Friday night.
Any ideas? I checked other threads on this board and already checked Girl & the Goat and Publican which have no reservations left. Thanks for the help!
I would recommend any of the Rick Bayless restaurants, Pizzeria Uno (completely different than the chain of Uno chain) which is the birth place of Chicago Deep Dish pizza or its sister restaurant Pizzeria Due
619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
A couple reliable places that are close to your hotel:
Purple Pig, 500 N. Michigan Ave. http://thepurplepigchicago.com/menu.html
Coco Pazzo Cafe, 636 N. Saint Clair St., http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/coco-...
Be forewarned that it will be the tail-end of Restaurant Week in Chicago and many places will be packed.
How long are you willing to wait for a table? Very likely you'll end up waiting a while at Frontera Grill (limited number of reservations taken over the phone), Pizzeria Uno (no reservations taken), Pizzeria Due (no reservations taken), Purple Pig (no reservations taken).
Coco Pazza has availability on OpenTable for decent times around 7/8pm.
Topolobampo only has 5:45pm on OT for 4 people on Friday, Feb 24th.