I am a Chicago refugee that is very frustrated with the dining scene in the twin cities. I am hoping I can get some help from the good people on this board. I’ll start by saying I’m guilty of living the suburban life and am not in touch with the city at all. That said, I’m not bothered by driving far to get a good meal. Since we have a young child we like to take with us, I’m not looking for a very high end restaurant where only couples would be welcome/comfortable. We do often go out to restaurants with entrée’ prices exceeding $20.00 so I’m not looking for a burger joint either.
I’ve read the menu’s for many of the restaurants that are touted on this website like: WA Frost, Pazaluna, Luna Rosa, Heartland, A Rebours, etc.
As I read about other’s comments on the above places I find many say they like a place with the caveat that it doesn’t have anything remarkable or special. I’m not a food snob but I don’t like to go out for average food, especially food I can make myself at home like steaks, prime rib, ribs, and other typical American fare. My last whine about the food in the cities is the price. The places above are all very expensive relatively speaking. They don’t have very impressive menus and many people are saying they are not that remarkable but they are charging far more than better restaurants in other cities like Chicago. Ie. $20+ for chicken? $28 for duck? $34 for a fish dish?
I want to like it here very badly but the food scene is killing it for me. Can anyone please recommend great restaurants for: Italian, Mexican, Chinese and roast duck that isn’t so much about the place to be seen (price) but the quality of the food?