I am visiting Chicago at the end of April for the weekend with my girlfriend. We are mid 40's, coming from metro detroit, leaving our kids behind. We are going for my birthday, and she promises to do anything I want.
She is really not an adventurous eater, but will try anything that I put in front of her. Though she dislikes mushrooms, picks out onions/olives, does not want to eat cow balls lol, etc. But that is not too big a deal, though I don't want her to starve.
I am an bit of a foodie, and an adventerous eater, often planning vacations around dining.
I have reserved Naha Friday night, North Pond Sunday Brunch. I selected these after reading many of the great postings on this board, and I want to thank all the great contributors.
So I am asking for a little advice.
I want to do a tasting menu Saturday evening. Can basically get a reservation anywhere at this point.
I want it to be romantic. And I want her to have enough in the tasting that she will eat. I wil lorder wine pairings, she doesn't really drink
I've sort of narrowed it down to Acadia and Everest - based on their current tasting menus (which will likely change by 4/26?). I have also considered Grace, as that seems to be a huge favorite of the Chowhounders.
Elizabeth seems really nice too, but it looks too casual for what I want this dinner to be.
Do you have any advice for me?
Also, for the restaurants mentioned (or any you recommend), would they substitute something for her if the menu has fish eggs, mushrooms, sweatbreads. I'm not sure I'll even ask, but just curious how each of the places handles such requests.