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Dinner Recs in Chicago

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by MrG, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. ld111134

    ld111134 Senior member

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    I was just at the Drake this past Wednesday at a big Christmas party, and I'll be back with some fellow SF'ers on Saturday. I like the Drake for all of its dowdiness, especially at Christmas.
     
  2. JayJay

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    We were very happy with the picks, and we loved Chicago as a whole. It's probably my favorite of all the major U.S. cities I've visited, and I think MrsG would agree.
    I also think it's a great city, one of my favorites. I never tire of going there, and I go quite a bit.
     
  3. countdemoney

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    I was just at the Drake this past Wednesday at a big Christmas party, and I'll be back with some fellow SF'ers on Saturday. I like the Drake for all of its dowdiness, especially at Christmas.

    +1 on loving The Drake during the holidays.

    Nothing like coming around the corner on Lake Shore Drive and seeing the sign for The Drake, especially on a cold clear night.
     
  4. globetrotter

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    Interesting. My parents took me to the Cape Cod Room when I was 16. We'd driven up from St. Louis to visit Northwestern University, and we were staying at the Drake Hotel. One night we ate there. My mother and father played it up, telling me that famous people had eaten there. They told me that my grandparents had eaten there once for a special occasion. It might have been one of their wedding anniversaries or something like that. Anyway, our waiter, or someone associated with our waiter, brought a live lobster to our table and showed it to us, as if to entice us to order lobster. I remember my parents' response. They expressed shock and delight. They laughed. They treated the moment as an important feature or service or entertainment particular to that restaurant. My father might have said, "They won't do this in St. Louis!" At the time, I thought my neutral response was an artifact of being 16 years old, but perhaps I was responding to the stupidity of one of the restaurant's protocols.

    yeah, but we all went through something with our parents that we now think was hokey, but the thought was very sophisticated. parents try. my dad used to take me to the king david, he thought it was the coolest, most sophisticated place in the world.
     
  5. globetrotter

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    ok, I am in town for a couple of weeks (thanks to the earthquake in japan and the riots in Saudi) and I am going to have some meals out with my wife and friend. please give me any recommendations you have.

    50 bucks a head more or less (without wine) would be good. any type of cuisine.
     
  6. SField

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    ok, I am in town for a couple of weeks (thanks to the earthquake in japan and the riots in Saudi) and I am going to have some meals out with my wife and friend. please give me any recommendations you have.

    50 bucks a head more or less (without wine) would be good. any type of cuisine.


    Osteria via Stato is an excellent choice, and it will be less than $50 a head.
     
  7. ChicagoRon

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    West Town Tavern, still one of my favorites.

    Pho Xe Tang or Tank Noodle in Argyle is cheap and good.. as is Bu Il or Kang Nam in K town.

    Mixteco on Montrose is really good... although I heard they got a new chef.
     
  8. globetrotter

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    thanks. I have a new list of stuff to try.
     
  9. SField

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    thanks. I have a new list of stuff to try.

    Globe, give Bistro Bordeaux a try in Evanston.
     
  10. globetrotter

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    Globe, give Bistro Bordeaux a try in Evanston.

    thanks - been there twice. it is a fantastic choice, and we can walk there.

    we find that we will go to the same 5-8 places around town, ricardo, honey one, loa sezuan, BB, taboun, hema's kitchen, David Burke's, DOC a mexican place in Pilzen and Patty's (which closed down) and we don't try that many new places. I want to try a few new places in the next couple of months.
     
  11. the shah

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    i didn't read the thread but if they were mentioned previously, my bad. if not, Schwa and Alinea
     
  12. SField

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    thanks - been there twice. it is a fantastic choice, and we can walk there.

    we find that we will go to the same 5-8 places around town, ricardo, honey one, loa sezuan, BB, taboun, hema's kitchen, David Burke's, DOC a mexican place in Pilzen and Patty's (which closed down) and we don't try that many new places. I want to try a few new places in the next couple of months.


    Do you like Lao the most for chinese in Chicago?
     
  13. globetrotter

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    Do you like Lao the most for chinese in Chicago?

    right now, yes. honestly, I get locked into a few places I like. Lao it what I like now. I can't be bothered to try a few other chinese places in town unless somebody gives me a strong recommendation. ChicagoRon recommended this one to me.

    you have anything better to suggest?
     
  14. SField

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    right now, yes. honestly, I get locked into a few places I like. Lao it what I like now. I can't be bothered to try a few other chinese places in town unless somebody gives me a strong recommendation. ChicagoRon recommended this one to me.

    you have anything better to suggest?


    No, I've heard Lao from many people as well. In general I've been extremely disappointed with food in China town, bakeries and all. There's one bakery I like in Argyle and also a Bahn Mi place.

    The dimsum in China town sucks very badly too.
     
  15. otc

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    Do you like Lao the most for chinese in Chicago?

    Lao is pretty much the only place I go anymore. I'm white but most of my friends from college were asian...definitely get better food when you are with asians. Probably better to stay away from anything spicy if you don't have anybody with you or if they won't recognize you as someone who knows what they want (the non spicy dishes will be about the same but anything spicy will just be a flavorless mash).

    I have not made it when they have gone...but lately some of my chinese friends have been really enjoying peking duck from a place up by argyle.
     
  16. globetrotter

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    No, I've heard Lao from many people as well. In general I've been extremely disappointed with food in China town, bakeries and all. There's one bakery I like in Argyle and also a Bahn Mi place.

    The dimsum in China town sucks very badly too.


    yeah, we used to say that chinese was the one thing that we missed when we moved to Chicago.

    we haven't found a thai place that we really like. and, unfortunately, my wife doesn't like Vietnamese - I hit Tank a few times a year, but without her.

    sun wah? yeah, love that place
     
  17. otc

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    yeah, we used to say that chinese was the one thing that we missed when we moved to Chicago.

    we haven't found a thai place that we really like. and, unfortunately, my wife doesn't like Vietnamese - I hit Tank a few times a year, but without her.



    sun wah? yeah, love that place


    A bunch of my friends have a boner for Thai Classic on Clark and Buckingham

    Maybe they see something I don't (and maybe you would too). I think its good enough...but I don't think I have ever once made the suggestion that we eat there. I was spoiled by a few really good thai options in minneapolis that I have not been able to replace despite there being a thai restaurant on every corner in chicago. Star of Siam used to be pretty good (like 5-6 years ago) but lately it has been pretty bad [​IMG]
     
  18. kwilkinson

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    The only really good thai place is TAC quick thai.
     
  19. SField

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    Please specify about the Peking duck place in Argyle.

    Also Globe, is Tank in Argyle? Please tell me about it and tell me what you get. I don't mind Vietnamese at all. I do however find the cold, dry shredded pork to be disgusting.

    Kyle please elaborate on this Thai place.
     
  20. kwilkinson

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    It's this tiny little shithole at the corners of lakeview/uptown/wrigleyville. Directly underneath the Sheridan red line station. I used to live there, used to eat there all the time. Always thought it was great, but never knew it had a pretty big following (Achatz said it was his favorite thai place in the city). Just pretty simple thai food, although they also have a secret menu you can ask for. Very well prepared, high quality product for an asian place, and they won't give you the round eye treatment like you often get in Chinatown.
     

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