Hey all. My Dad and I are heading back to Chicago in late March and are trying to decide on our "big" dinner of the trip. Last year we hit the Tatami Room at L20 - prior to Gras's departure - as well as Schwa on a last minute (literally) reservation snag. The year before that we went to Alinea. This year, we seem tossed between a couple options.
The front runner is Avenues. I have never been there before, but my Dad ate there this past December. Does anybody know how frequently Avenues rotates out their dishes? My biggest concern is that my Dad will be eating much of the same menu he had months before, and while that certainly won't be a bad thing seeing that he enjoyed his December meal, it is something to take into consideration.
Then there is Bonsoiree. Having recently read uhockey's report, as well as the reports of others since their Michelin star, I have to say I'm mighty intrigued. If we'd go, we would definitely request the 13-course tasting. The one thing about Bonsoiree that I keep reading is that it is a "pleasant experience" with creative food, but it's nowhere in the same league as an Avenues/Alinea/etc. restaurant.
For those have gone to one or both, I'll take any input you can offer! Barring a few stable dishes, will Avenues be a new food experience 3 months later? Is Bonsoiree worth the spot as our one big dinner of the year? Thanks!
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