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Billy Goat Tavern for breakfast, anywhere else?

TrishUntrapped Jun 11, 2012 04:25 PM

At laaaast! We're coming to Chicago at the end of the week. I have a rezzie at Girl & The Goat and we're also planning on one dinner at GEB.

Do you have any recommendations for a lunch down by the Art Institute or by the Museum of Science?

We are having brunch at Sable and breakfast at Billy Goat Tavern. Any other cheap but good rec's for breakfast in the Magnificent Mile area or 10 to 15 minute walk?

We're doing a food/cultural walking tour which we figure will also take care of one lunch.

I was hoping to have French Onion Soup at Kiki's Bistro but it's closed on Mondays which is when I'd like to go. Any rec's for French Onion Soup?

Going to three Red Sox/Cubs game, so some snacking will be done at Wrigley. Any good food inside the park?

Much thanks!

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  1. camusman RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 11, 2012 05:12 PM

    Hit Fish Bar before or after Wrigley. It's about a mile to the south.
    A few blocks north of the Art Institute is Pastoral, which has great sandwiches. There is also a good Italian restaurant along the museum's modern art wing.

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      TrishUntrapped RE: camusman Jun 12, 2012 01:45 AM

      Thanks for those excellent tips Camus.

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        camusman RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 12, 2012 09:26 AM

        I've heard good things about the French onion soup at Le Petit Paris but haven't tried it myself.
        Breakfast ideas:
        Espresso at Bar Toma
        Baked goods at Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter
        Also near Wrigley: Great Thai at TAC Quick, about a half mile north.

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      kathryn RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 12, 2012 07:10 PM

      We've been happen with Xoco or Do-Rite Donuts for breakfast in the past, and l also have Grahamwich on my list for breakfast since they now have Bleeding Heart pastries apparently.

      1. TrishUntrapped RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 12, 2012 08:28 PM

        Oh good, thanks for those extra recommendations everyone.

        What a day this Friday is going to be! We arrive by plane at O'Hare, take the El, check into our hotel, 1:20 Red Sox/Cubbies game, 5:45 Girl & The Goat, 10 p.m. The Aviary for drinks. I'm bringing a change of clothes to the ballpark so we don't waste time going back to the hotel before dinner.

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          hoppy2468 RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 13, 2012 06:24 AM

          Better hope the game ends on time. It will be a little tight getting to GATG on time. How do you plan to do it?

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            TrishUntrapped RE: hoppy2468 Jun 13, 2012 07:03 AM

            Thanks for the tips Hoppy and jb! Since we are going to all three games with the Sox, we plan on leaving in the 7th to get there on time. Planned on taking the train. Sound ok?

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              jbontario RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 13, 2012 09:11 AM

              no problem, you might even have time to freshen up. If you leave at 7th, a cab would get you back downtown much quicker and cost $15 plus or minus. I would rather be refreshed before Girl & Goat.

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                TrishUntrapped RE: jbontario Jun 13, 2012 01:41 PM

                Thanks for the tips. I'm bringing a dress made of fabric that doesn't wrinkle and sandals to change into. Maybe I can grab a quick spongebath in the ladies room.

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                  lbs RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 13, 2012 02:18 PM

                  There is a Starbucks on Addison (1023 W.) that you could use the bathroom to change in. Much cleaner than than a bathroom stall at Wrigley.

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                    TrishUntrapped RE: lbs Jun 14, 2012 04:36 AM

                    Excellent idea, thank you!

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            jbontario RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 13, 2012 06:38 AM

            Make sure you leave Wrigley before the end of the game. The red line gets jammed, can often take 30 minutes to get on a train and cabs are tough unless you walk 10-15 minutes first. If it was not a Red Sox game you wouldn't have a problem since the Cubs suck so bad, but people do like to see Boston.

          3. chicgail RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 14, 2012 01:17 AM

            I just don't understand the breakfast plan for Billy Goat. Other than the SNL connection, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The food is just not very good. Are you having cheez-boigers for breakfast?

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              TrishUntrapped RE: chicgail Jun 14, 2012 04:36 AM

              A co-worker of my husband's visited Chicago and sung its praises to high heaven so my husband asked me to put it on "The List." Interesting.

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                GourmetWednesday RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 14, 2012 05:46 AM

                For breakfast walking distance to the Mag Mile: Tempo Cafe is my standby down there: old school and darn good eggs. Eggy's is new and getting good buzz.

                For lunch at the ballpark: Look for the stands making hot dogs with grilled onions, not the larger concession stands for a dog. And be aware you'll get taunted in Chicago if you put ketchup on a dog; it's a mustard town. I would respectfully disagree with a walk to the Fish Bar and just go with the dog at the ballpark. I work a half block from FB and find it to be average food for above average prices. I'd save the walk and the time for something more special and unique to Chicago, especially if you live in the Boston area, which I suspect you might.

                For French Onion Soup: If you are willing to flex a bit, I would recommend Maude's Liquor Bar and their "French Onion Fondue." Maude's is a lot of fun for food and drink. For a more traditional bistro, Bistro Zinc would be an easy walk and the food is fine.

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