We will be visiting Chicago in April for the first time for our anniversary. My husband and I enjoy food of almost any genre and cuisine, and we would like to experience some of the very best that Chicago has to offer. The one thing I am not particularly interested in is molecular gastronomy or extremely pricey tasting menus....we just want delicious, memorable food with pleasant service in an inviting atmosphere. We will be staying at the Hotel Monaco in the Loop.
I am pretty excited to try The Girl and The Goat, but other than that we are very open to suggestions.
Is RPM Italian over-hyped?
I would love to get a couple other suggestions for reasonably priced dinners with the most bang for our buck. I would also like a couple solid lunch suggestions, and possibly a dessert option also.
I've heard that Lou Malnati's is the best for deep dish pizza. Is that the general consensus? Is one of the Malnati's locations better than the others?
I also heard great things about Hot Doug's but I don't really want to go that far out of the way. What other hot dog spots are comparable in the downtown area?
Finally, I have heard that Hot Chocolate is pretty memorable for desserts. Is that the best choice?
Thank you in advance for your help and for helping to make our first wedding anniversary and first Chicago trip as fantastic as can be!