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Dinner on Saturday

manhong Aug 16, 2012 06:23 PM

My girlfriend and I decided on a last minute trip to Chicago this weekend. Arriving on Saturday and leaving Monday morning and staying along the Magnificent Mile by the Navy Pier area. I need recommendations for a dinner on Saturday (before a Second City show at 11:00) and brunch on Sunday. I have already made reservations at Sable Kitchen for dinner on Saturday and Publican for brunch on Sunday. I also thought about Sprout for dinner Saturday night as well. Any other places I should consider?

My budget is fairly limited ($100 for two people before drinks and gratuity). I also have a car and willing to drive.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: manhong Aug 16, 2012 07:40 PM

    I think your current plan, with dinner at Sable on Saturday and Publican for Sunday brunch, sounds fine. Perfect for your stated budget, too.

    Perhaps you meant to ask for suggestions about dinner on Sunday, rather than Saturday?

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      manhong RE: nsxtasy Aug 16, 2012 08:26 PM

      Thanks nsxtasy. I already have plans for dinner with a cousin that lives in the area on Sunday. If my cousin bails on me, any recommendations for dinner on Sunday given my criteria?

      1. re: manhong
        nsxtasy RE: manhong Aug 16, 2012 09:08 PM

        Well, you haven't really provided much to go on, other than your budget. There are a lot of excellent places within a few minutes walk of your hotel, and Sable is one of them. Here are some more, all open 7 days a week, and within your budget:

        GT Fish & Oyster (seafood small plates) - www.gtoyster.com
        Uno and Due (deep-dish pizza) - www.unos.com
        Pizano's (deep-dish pizza, 864 N State) - www.pizanoschicago.com
        The Purple Pig (Mediterranean - but beware of long waits for dinner and they don't take reservations) - www.thepurplepigchicago.com
        Quartino (Italian small plates) - www.quartinochicago.com
        Cafe Iberico (tapas) - www.cafeiberico.com

        If there's anything in particular you're interested in, mention it and we'll try to help!

        1. re: nsxtasy
          mrsdebdav RE: nsxtasy Aug 16, 2012 10:00 PM

          Hi nsxtasy,
          Have you tried the pizzas at Quartino?
          Any vegetarian recs from their menu?

          1. re: mrsdebdav
            ferret RE: mrsdebdav Aug 17, 2012 04:44 AM

            Pizza's are good. The broccoli rabe is a personal favorite, but they do everything well.

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              jbw RE: ferret Aug 17, 2012 06:25 AM

              Pizzas (and the rest of the menu) are good at Quartino's but Q is one of those places I go to because of its value in that location. If you're looking for exceptional pizza and have a car, some places you might want to look into (and all of these concentrate on pizza) are Coalfire, Great Lakes, and Spaccanapoli. None of these, by the way, serve deep-dish.

              1. re: jbw
                manhong RE: jbw Aug 17, 2012 08:47 AM

                Thanks jbw. I will check these places out.

          2. re: nsxtasy
            manhong RE: nsxtasy Aug 17, 2012 08:46 AM

            Thanks again nsxtasy. I don't have a preference for any food and my main issue is budget. I will definitely try Purple Pig on Sunday if my cousin bails on me. Thanks

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