I recently moved to Chicago and , thus far, have been dissappointed by the culinary scene. Granted, I have enjoyed the Devon street Indian spots and the Rogers Park Middle Eastern Meccas, however every time I ask for a more upscale dining spot I am often led to "Concept" restaurants that are production driven.
I am tired of asking for a great meal in a great part of town with a great crowd and being sent to Sushi Samba, Carnivale, Marche, and Grand Luxe! I can get expiriences like those anywhere.
I am currently quite frustrated. I know Chicago has what I am looking for - a restaurant a bit more upscale and intimate (good for a date) than your average ethnic enclave but that also maintains the character that an authentic restaurant affords you.
I am looking for a seemingly hole in the wall place that has the right lighting, crowd and cook in the kitchen. Intimacy is a must, which is exactly what those buzzers they hand out at Carnivale are not!