Of all the Chicagoans whom I've read here, s/he seems to be closest to my age and perspective.
I've read dozens of names of places, but I just can't bring myself to make a reservation at any of them.
I was considering Topolobampo till I saw the website. Chef to Oprah, books and TV spots with his face on them . . . . I'm just a modest, shy writer of serious nonfiction from little old Brooklyn, NY. I'm looking to eat well, not air kiss celebrities.
Of 160 Blue, Everest, Blackbird, Naha, MK, and Avec . . . is any about the food, the >food<, and nothing but the food? (Oh, if success has gotten to it a little, maybe I can't rule the place out peremptorily.)
My wife and I will be in Chicago for Labor Weekend. She wants to celebrate my imminent signing of a book contract with a fine place on Saturday night; but for Sunday and Monday, less pretention (and expense) will be tolerated.
We like all cuisines. It's quality that doesn't beat its proverbial breast that we seek. Decor and location matter not a jot or tittle.
Thank you in advance, Nsxtasy and any others of her/his level of discernment.