Greetings, Chicago Hounds, from DC!
I'm coming to your city next week for a conference, staying at the Hilton Chicago. I've been cruising the boards and getting really excited about dining options in the South Loop.
I'd like some recs for breakfast places, so I'm not doing the hotel breakfast every day. The Bongo Room is #1 on my list, but any others I should try? Also, we have about an hour break for lunch each day, so any thoughts about close-by and fast options would be appreciated. (Manny's? Do any of your fabulous pizza places do slices or quick lunches? DC is a pizza wasteland, so my experience is limited to dried-out lunch buffets, sigh.)
As far as dinners, I'm leaning toward Mercat a la Planxa for one meal (I'm a big fan of Jose Andres' Jaleo here in DC). I'd appreciate recommendations for places good for solo dining/dining at the bar.
I'm looking to spend no more than $75/day (my per diem!), with alcohol on my own, to give you an idea of price ranges.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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