In chicago this weekend 3/17 -20 Dining recs needed please
Heading to Chicago this weekend. Will be a first visit for both. Any comments on the following are welcomed as these are some recs received:
Pizza: Ginos East (Best pizza?) or Chicago Pizza and oven grinder ( for med bread and salad?)
Mexican? Cantina-Laredo on N. State? good food nice atmosphere?
FIne DIning? Heading to Deca in the Ritz?
Need a great Seafood recommendation and a brunch or solid breakfast place for Sunday
Thanks Kat in NY
A comedy recommedation would be great too......
I will also recommend Mexique (I just took the bus from Michigan Ave). Salpicon is also worth a visit although I liked the food a bit better at Mexique. If you are OK with eating at the bar Frontera Grill is doable (and excellent). You can order off both the Frontera and Topolobampo menus. Otherwise you will need to get there at least 15 minutes before they open or be prepared for a very long wait. I agree with TRU for fine dining. Can't help with seafood.
I would second the advice on Mexique for Mexican food; it is a fusion of French and Mexican food and is excellent. Very reasonably priced too.
If you are able to get into GT Fish & Oyster that is my favorite place for seafood in Chicago.
For fine dining my personal favorites are Alinea, goosefoot and Tru. Tru might have availability but the other two are likely booked.
For Sunday brunch my favorite is North Pond.
You have waited too long to get into the most popular restaurants that you need to make reservations for- but luckily on the pizza front- you won't need one. I really like Gino's East, but everyone has their favorite deep dish.
On Mexican- Cantina Laredo is a chain- Chicago is full of other great Mexican spots, including Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill. You will likely have to wait but could try and go right when they open.
Sunday brunch- I would recommend Publican if you can get in- fantastic brunch. My other favorite seafood place right now is GT Fish and Oyster- small plates place, but I am guessing would be tough to get into this close to the wknd without a reservation.
re: ms. mika
Instead of Cantina Laredo, Mexique is wonderful. I love Frontera and Topo, but both will be hard to get into. Mexique is a cab ride and not a walk, but not that far and well worth it.
Second on Publican (make your reservations NOW). Not much chance of getting into GT this weekend. I can't think of another "great" seafood recommendation. Joe's Seafood is good, but a little tired and L20 may be hard to get into also.
I always recommend that people new to Chicago get their deep dish pizza at Uno or Due where it was invented in the 1940s. The recipe is the same as it was then (and nothing like the travesty of the chain or the frozen food by that name).