Originally Posted by thomasec
Alright, let's all just calm...down. I certainly did not mean to criticize anyone's character, and I apologize if I did. SField, curious what some your favorite places are at the moment. What did you think about the Michelin Guide choosing places like Thai Village and Opart Thai House to include on their list of good ethnic places in the city, as opposed to some of the more established Thai spots in the city (Aruns, Tac Quick, etc...)?
I didn't eat much asian in Chicago because frankly, it's a horrible, horrible city for asian food. TAC is good but in LA or out in Flushing in NY it is literally the minimum you can expect.
My favorite places in Chicago would have to be Alinea, Ria, Everest, GE, Boka, Spiaggia (in desperate need of a renovation, but the best italian in the US,) Avenues, Les Nomades, I liked Tru but haven't been back since Tramonto left... for more affordable, neighborhood type stuff, Osteria via Stato is good, as is Bristol and Takashi is alright if you know what to order. Places like L20 are highly rated and I think they're worth a visit but if you're on a budget, Alinea first. It really is, for me, the best "fine dining" experience in the United States, and among the best in the world. I haven't eaten at El Bulli (although I've had his food in private functions and in his test kitchen) so I can't say it's the best, but I've been to the other "best" restaurants in the world and I think Alinea does very well for itself in that genre.
The first few that I mentioned are not to be missed, and you can include CT there too. As far as old american standards, it's as good as anything else in the country, and I would strongly recommend the vegetable tasting.
On member recommendations here I tried Great Lakes pizza which was fantastic, and probably the best pizza I've had in the US, but it's like $30 and not a nice place to go. We always just sit on the public benches down the block and eat there. Lockdown for burgers did not disappoint, I liked it better than Kuma's.
To me Chicago is a fine dining city. That's basically what it has to offer that is world class. Steak, hot dogs, deep dish... all that shit I could go the rest of my life without eating again and I wouldn't really care. I'm not the type of consumer that goes for that food, but for those people that like it, I understand Chicago is very good for it. But in my opinion, you come here for the fine dining.