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First Time in Chicago, Staying at Sax Hotel

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luckystreetspirit Jul 15, 2013 12:20 PM

Looking for some recommendations, We are going to Chicago for the first time, we are looking for affordable restaurants with great atmosphere close by where we are staying Hotel Sax. There for 4 nights

We already have lined up for sure the following
Portillo's (for lunch)
Lou Malnati's (for lunch)
Quartino (for dinner)

Maybe
Heaven on Seven (for dinner) (would you recommend this? Is it worth it?)

Looking for some more dinner spots affordable but great atmosphere, small plates, steak house (that potatoes and veggies come with your meal) & great pub/gastro pub with good food.

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    ferret RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    I like Heaven on Seven but it's just not going to give you a sense of Chicago. There are a number of restaurants that pop up in discussions of "first time in Chicago" posts, all of which are going to be a better experience, such as Purple Pig, GT Fish & Oyster, Bar Toma and Sable. They are all within brief casual walking distance from your hotel.

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      ms. mika RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 15, 2013 02:09 PM

      I would agree- I would skip Heaven on Seven and Quartino. Quartino is fine and a fun place, but not that remarkable. Would swap in GT Fish and Oyster, Frontera Grill, Purple Pig, Sunda etc. If you want Italian small plates, RPM has some good food and is a fun spot as is Sienna Tavern. Make reservations in advance as the popular spots get full. For a steak house, most that I can think of, which there are countless in the area, have the sides a la carte. Or you could go to a regular restaurant and have steak as your entree where it comes with sides.

      1. chicgail RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 15, 2013 04:44 PM

        A couple of other suggestions: Bandaras for lunch or dinner on the east side of Michigan Avenue across from Nordstrom. It's a level above street level so look up.

        Mitey Nice Grill for lunch. It's in Water Tower Place.

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          HoosierFoodie RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 16, 2013 06:57 AM

          I agree with what has been said before. Bar Toma, GT Fish & Oyster, and Sable are all better options. I can't think of a steakhouse that isn't a la carte in the area.

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            ferret RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 16, 2013 08:14 AM

            I skipped the pub/steak house part, but The Gage is a good gastropub choice. It's about a mile or so from your hotel but it's adjacent to Millenium Park so I'd imagine you'd hit it somewhere in your travels. As for the steak, while it's nowhere near "steak house", Miller's Pub (very, very old school, also near the Gage/Millenium) has a steak/potato/salad menu, although yo'll probably be better off with their burger.

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              jbontario RE: luckystreetspirit Jul 16, 2013 09:35 AM

              Wildfire is a very nice steakhouse, really supper club, that includes sides with steaks. Also, I eat there many times and don't even get steak. Their fishes are really nice and sometimes it's just mussels, the widlfire chopped salad and a BBQ rubbed sweet baked potato. It's a Chicago mini-chain but our go-to neighborhood place for non bust-out steak. True you can't get a 45 day dry aged ribeye, but all of their steaks are very good and you won't be disappointed.

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