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amyjeant Sep 14, 2012 10:30 AM

I am coming home! Yay! Haven't lived in Il for 14 years, but born and raised and miss the food! Will be coming home, staying in Chicago for 1 night only :(, next week. Want to take husband out for 5th anniversary dinner. We are staying at the Hyatt on St. Clair, but distance is not a factor (I love to take him in the scary cabs)! We love all kinds of food, Polish, sushi, steak, etc. Price, want to keep it moderate (around $100 for two). Looking for romantic obviously, but does not need to be over the top.

Thanks!
Amy

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  1. camusman RE: amyjeant Sep 14, 2012 12:17 PM

    The standard answer to this one is North Pond.
    But if you want to be more adventurous, I would suggest Sol de Mexico. Unlike so many of our better restaurants, you will likely not have to sit elbow-to-elbow with other customers. The mole dishes are excellent, and the service is discreet and friendly.

    1. nsxtasy RE: amyjeant Sep 15, 2012 06:40 AM

      While North Pond is indeed romantic and the food excellent, it will run about double your target price. Check the website menus for this and other places for pricing.

      I would not recommend Sol de Mexico. It is extremely inconvenient geographically, and I've found the food only so-so. You can find far better Mexican food much closer to downtown. If you want to go that route, I recommend Salpicon, Mexique, or Mundial Cocina Mestiza.

      Also close to the Hyatt and excellent are a couple of other anniversary-worthy restaurants: Piccolo Sogno Due (Italian), and Sable (contemporary American small plates, craft cocktails).

      All of these accept reservations on Opentable.com so you can tell at a glance which ones have availability at your desired date/time, and all are moderately priced and should fit your budget or pretty close to it.

      Congratulations!

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        celstrial RE: amyjeant Sep 16, 2012 12:44 PM

        If a short cab ride is not a problem, the West Loop is doing great food right now.. a longer walk would be River North

        Anniversary worthy for your price point I would rec: Nellcotte (West loop), Balena (Lincoln Park), Perennial Virant (lincoln park), Vera (west loop) would be a bit more casual, Nightwood in Pilsen may run upper limit of budget.

        Second the Piccolo, but the original would be more consistent on Grande (Piccolo Sogno).

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          nsxtasy RE: celstrial Sep 16, 2012 05:03 PM

          >> Second the Piccolo, but the original would be more consistent on Grande (Piccolo Sogno).

          I'm not sure what you mean by more consistent. I thought Piccolo Sogno Due was a very similar (virtually identical) experience to Piccolo Sogno at Grand/Milwaukee/Halsted - great Italian food, amazing bread service, incredibly knowledgeable and helpful servers, spacious seating, available outdoor seating (weather permitting), moderate noise level, and did I mention the great Italian food? Even down to Ciro greeting folks at the door. About the only significant difference I noticed, aside from the location (which is more convenient to the OP's hotel), is that Due has more of an emphasis on seafood in the menu selections. Although even a non-seafood lover would be happy at either one.

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            celstrial RE: nsxtasy Sep 16, 2012 06:43 PM

            I went to Due in Aug for lunch and I felt it wasn't as wonderful as my lunch experience at Sogno.. so just personal experience. Either way, the experience (ambiance, space, menu) are the same, but I would prefer to go to the original if I had the choice.

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