I recently moved back to the great white north after spending two great years in Chicago. My wife and I are planning a long weekend trip back to the city at the end of September, and are trying to decide on one "special" dinner (we can fill in the other lunches and dinners).
We've been to Alinea, TRU and Everest, as well as some of the next tier (Blackbird, North Pond, Cafe des Architectes).
I think we've narrowed in down to Avenues and Charlie Trotter's, but would love to hear some opinions on the relative merits of each, or any recent experiences. Having done a quick search, there aren't a lot of recent reviews on here for either of the two. One thing that intrigues us about Avenues is the possibility of eating at the chef's bar, so if anyone has done that recently, would be very grateful if you would share your experience. Is there a similar option at Charlie Trotter's? I seem to remember something about them having a kitchen table, but my memory is hazy on the details.
Thanks everyone, much appreciated.
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
Cafe des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611