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Please critique my list

Jase | May 4, 2012 11:21 PM

Will be staying close to Wacker and Michigan near the river loop area. This will be my 3rd visit and my wife's first. We're comfortable walking and taking public transportation. My trip report from a previous visit using the advice given to me in link:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541893

We're going to be visiting museums and galleries. Also doing some walking tours and the boat architectural tour. I'm looking at places that are near the sights we're visiting and can drop in easily. We eat just about anything except for cilantro. Love small plates and have picked out several ones. She also wants to try some chicago foods such as Italian beef, pizza and sausages. Los Angeles is weak in Greek and Indian. I understand Chicago is strong in these. I really enjoyed India House.

We're from Los Angeles and not super interested in Asian or Mexican. Looking more for local and other ethnicities which are weak in LA.

Please critique the list of choices. My goal is to have a list of choices handy around the areas we'll be in.

Favorites from past visits, are these still good?
Cafe Spiaggia
Al's Italian beef
India House
Mr. Beef
Hot Diggity Dog
Maxwell Street Market
Luke's Italian Beef and Dog
Anything like the old Fox and Obel?

New to try
GT Fish and Oyster
Cafe Iberico
Purple Pig
Quartino
Terzo Piano (lunch while at Art Institute
)Coco Pazzo Cafe
Heaven on Seven (closed Sundays)
D'amato bakery
Bari
Atwood Cafe
Florentine
Vivere
Park Grill
Custom House
Chicago French Market
Greek Island
Parthenon
Mundial

Passing on thick crust pizza, just thin or stuffed
Giordano's
Lou Malnatti's
Coalfire

Steakhouses, she wants to do one Chicago steak meal
Gibson's
David Burke's
Hugo's (gibson steaks near our hotel)
Saloon
Chicago Chop House
Joe's
Chicago Cut Steak House

Appreciate any thoughts on my list. Thank you in advance.

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