We have two friends from Houston coming in next weekend from Thursday to Sunday am early. They are both total foodies (and I thought I was one)! So, we have 4 people--2 couples in their 30s. Where do we take them? To them, price is no object. My husband, on the other hand, wholeheartedly objects (as we are saving for a house). He is right and all, but I love food and so do the friends coming in town. So, how do we show them the best of Chicago w/o spending $100 each person each night?
We want one night to be more upscale, but not sterile, boring and ridiculous...i.e. no trotters, avenues, 160 blue, alinea (not boring but too much $$$), etc. I was thinking Blackbird, but then thought maybe we'd do lunch there Friday, instead. what are some places with fabulous food, atmophere, cocktqails that would show them the best we have...in all different food types and ranges (no pizza...unless we travel to Burt's?, no Greek)--maybe one american, one mexican, one thai or italian or something?
Thoughts include: Boka (if we could sit outside), Merlo on Lincoln (or A Tavola), Schwa (cannot prob get in), Sepia, Japonais, Follia for higher end--thoughts?
Then, for two others, maybe fonda del mar (but if too cold, the inside gets too loud and atmophere not interesting enough..pilsen-that BYOB? other fun BYOs or great places? I have lived here forever and am in dire need of some new spots....love tapas but do not love any of the chicago versions...other small plates, maybe?
thnaks for the help! chicago has the best of everything and I need to make sure they get to see that! thanks!
Other fun places such as great wine bars...anyone been to bluebird yet?