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Apr 13, 2014 06:06 PM

pretheatre meal near Ford Oriental Theatre

Any suggestions for a pretheatre dinner near the Ford Oriental Theatre on a Thursday night. 5 minute cab ride would be acceptable as well

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  1. The Oriental Theatre is around the corner from the Goodman Theater, so the recommendations in this discussion from a few days ago apply equally to the Oriental:

    Dinner near Goodman Friday night? - www.chow.com/topics/971807

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks so much for all the good recommendations. we have chosen sable. looks fabulous. and so convenient to the Oriental Theatre.
      thanks again! F.

      1. re: fahy

        i just returned from Chicago and dined at Sable while visiting. i was really disappointed in both the concept and the execution of the menu. really interesting cocktails, but the food doesn't pair with the drinks in any sense. it's upscale bar food that would be better served with some good beers. my wife and i found each dish to be in contrast of our drinks and struggled to order anything that might be more fitting. we gave up before we were full and opted for snacks at Eataly to finish the night.

        1. re: coasts

          I've eaten at Sable quite a few times, and while I can accept that you didn't enjoy it, I just don't think your description of the food is accurate or fair. The food is what it is - NOT bar food at all, but rather, some of the best contemporary American food in the city, most of it available in half portions so you can try lots of dishes. With dishes like sweet corn crème brulee, duck sausage with pistachio, and a flavored panna cotta, Chef Terhune is making food that many of us find creative and delicious, worthy of the finest restaurants in town. You're welcome to your opinion and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it, but those are fine dishes, not endless fries and chips and cheese curds, so please don't label it "bar food" because it's anything but.

          I would encourage anyone considering Sable - as well as any other restaurant in the city - to take a look at the sample menus on their website. If it sounds good to you, you'll probably love it. If not, then you may be better off choosing a place whose menu is more appealing to you.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            the problem is that the menu reads well enough. i was willing to stretch my mind around shrimp and grits with a tequila & maraschino drink, not knowing beforehand that the dish would be drowning in hot sauce. the notion of chicken and waffles with bourbon cocktails would have me running anywhere, but if the waffles are mush and the chicken has no flavor, there's not a drink that could save it.

            of the four dishes we tried, not one possessed any sense of grace, subtlety, or delicacy so exhibited in their drink program. and, if i recall correctly, the menu does include fried onion rings, fried cheese curds, and more sliders than i could drink beers. i appreciate your position and your poise and will have to agree to disagree.

            1. re: coasts

              How about post theatre in the area?

              1. re: coasts

                Theatre? In the area or toward downtown.

              2. re: nsxtasy

                hello, thinking about travelle for another night. what do you think about it?

        2. we were thinking about Travelle for another night. any thoughts on it?

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          1. re: fahy

            I haven't been there, sorry. Hopefully others here have, and can provide input. Keep in mind, it just opened last summer, and it typically takes a while before very many people have tried a place.

            You can read Phil Vettel's recent review in the Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/...

            1. re: nsxtasy

              How about post theatre in the area or downtown?

          2. >> How about post theatre in the area or downtown?

            Of the eleven places mentioned in the other topic, the ones that seat as late as 10:00 pm on a weekday evening are Petterino's, Pizano's, Tesori, Piccolo Sogno Due, and GT Fish & Oyster. Some others (including Sable) also seat that late but only at the bar. If it turns out you're dining at 10:30 or later, the selection among these narrows to Pizano's or GT Fish.

            If you're dining later than 10:00, I'd also add the Purple Pig, which is excellent but does not accept reservations. Waits as long as two hours to be seated are common, but for such a late hour, you shouldn't have to wait long, if at all. www.thepurplepigchicago.com I'd also add Quartino, which does small plates of Italian cuisine. www.quartinochicago.com