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Downtown Hilton Garden Inn - Anything good nearby?

Chicago Wine Geek Dec 18, 2012 09:06 AM

Staying one night this Friday, seeing The Killers concert. Anything good for dinner around here? Don't want to do Flemmings, Weber Grill, Rock Bottom, Big Bowl, etc. Anything really good we can walk to?

  1. Chicago Wine Geek Dec 27, 2012 08:27 AM

    Mercat did not disappoint. We did the luxury tasting menu and everything was outstanding. Rabbit pasta was the star. Highly recommend this place.

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      Querencia Dec 26, 2012 05:31 PM

      Cantina Laredo for Mexican. Brazzaz for endless Brazilian meat.

      1. Chicago Wine Geek Dec 18, 2012 09:51 AM

        Thanks so much for the quick responses! But I just switched hotels to The Palmer House. Any new recommendations? Grillroom? Vivere?

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          camusman Dec 18, 2012 10:03 AM

          I do like Vivere.
          Mercat a la Planxa is also close by.

          1. re: camusman
            nsxtasy Dec 18, 2012 10:22 AM

            I agree on both recommendations, Vivere for Italian and Mercat a la Planxa for tapas. Vivere in particular (as well as, in general, all the restaurants in the Loop) does an excellent job of pacing the meal so that theatergoers can finish at whatever time they specify, in order to make their show. At Vivere you'll see that most of the dining room gets up to leave at about the same time; it's actually rather funny to watch.

            If you prefer contemporary American cuisine, Atwood Cafe is a couple blocks from the Palmer House Hilton. For deep-dish pizza, Pizano's on Madison is close by, and you can phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

            The next morning, you can get our local brew, Intelligentsia Coffee, either 3 blocks southwest on Jackson, or 3 blocks north on Randolph. For a morning croissant or pastry, Toni Patisserie is on Washington, 2 blocks north of the Palmer House.

            For a snack to take with you, Garrett's Popcorn is a block north, on Madison just east of State.

            1. re: nsxtasy
              Chicago Wine Geek Dec 18, 2012 10:36 AM

              Thanks nsxtasy. Just made reservations for Mercat. Didn't realize that the chef was from Iron Chef. Love that show!

              1. re: Chicago Wine Geek
                nsxtasy Dec 18, 2012 11:17 AM

                Yes, chef-owner Jose Garces won "The Next Iron Chef" in 2010, but he was also quite accomplished before becoming a television star. He's a native Chicagoan (born here to Ecuadorian parents) who built his restaurant empire in Philadelphia, where he has seven restaurants. You can read more about him on his restaurant group's website at www.garcesgroup.com/about-the-chef

                1. re: nsxtasy
                  Chicago Wine Geek Dec 18, 2012 11:34 AM

                  Waygu beef from Strube Ranch, Iberico ham, whole Branzino, what's not to love!!!

        2. nsxtasy Dec 18, 2012 09:23 AM

          You don't want to go to a national chain restaurant you can find in any other city? Imagine that! :)

          Your hotel is right near the Ivy Hotel, so this discussion from earlier this morning will give you plenty of suggestions nearby:

          Chicago for Five Days - Ivy Hotel - www.chow.com/topics/882506

          1. camusman Dec 18, 2012 09:10 AM

            RPM Italian, Naha, Sunda, Sable

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