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Jul 1, 2014 02:02 PM

Good places to eat in downtown Chicago?

We are staying in the Gold Coast area near Gaudy Square Park. Can you please provide me with the names of a few places to eat (breakfast - small bakery, lunch and dinner) in that area, the near north side and in downtown. Curb appeal doesn't matter, good food does. We actually prefer smaller restaurants. In the past we have eaten on several occasions in Greektown and loved it, but we will not have a car. Any ethnic or Kosher restaurants would be fine, Thanks.

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  1. Breakfast:
    The Original Pancake House on East Bellevue -

    Small bakery:
    Delightful Pastries on North Wells Street -
    La Fournette on North Wells Street -
    Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter on East Walton Street -

    Salpicon for contemporary Mexican -
    Perennial Virant for small plates -
    Lou Malnati's at State and Rush for deep-dish -
    Café Spiaggia for Italian -
    Café des Architectes for contemporary French/American -
    Hugo's for seafood -
    Gibson's for steaks -
    Kiki's for French bistro fare -
    MK for contemporary American -

    All of these are very good and are in, or relatively close to, the Gold Coast. (Of course, there many, many more restaurants in the neighborhoods comprising downtown Chicago!)

    1. Kosher in downtown Chicago is pretty much non-existent. There's a small stall in our French Market with prepackaged items. There's a lunch-only spot that's West of the Loop that's open Mon-Thurs.

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      1. re: ferret

        The closest full service kosher restaurant is in Lakeview about 3 miles away - Milt's BBQ for the Perplexed - about 10 minutes by cab or is easily reached by the CTA;s red line -

        It is excellent - great barbecue and had one of the best hamburgers - the Milt Burger -