I have a short work-related trip to Chicago: arriving sunday evening and leaving early tuesday (undecided whether it will be before or after lunch, but likely before). My wife will be joining me, and it will be a rare occasion without our young daughter.
We've been to chicago a few times, but never had the opportunity to make it a foodie visit for various reasons (travelling with family/passing through etc). We've had the chicago pizza at uno's and decided it wasn't our thing -- so we'll pass on that on this trip.
I definitely want to include a traditional hot dog on our itinerary -- either Portillo's or Al's (which one?) probably due to location. I've heard the hype about hot doug's but it's probably too much of a detour for us. We'll also probably have to include 'Reza' -- the persian restaurant, because it's my brother in law's favourite, and he gets really irritated that we've never been on our trips to chicago! Other than that, we're reasonably open to suggestions.
Had this trip occured at a different time we would have considered somewhere really high end -- the menu at Alinea looks extraordinary (I realise it would be too late reservation wise anyway), but things have to be on a reasonable budget on this trip. Hence the question about good value lunches. It seems that unlike Manhattan or London, there are a dearth of 'good value' lunches at high-end restaurants. I'm thinking of e.g. Jean Georges in NYC or Le Gavroche in London. Am I missing something, or is that the case here? Do note that the lunch in particular that I'm thinking of is Monday, which is a traditional bad day for restaurants I realise.
I've had a look at the menu of 'blackbird', which looks OK. It seems to offer bouillabaisse -- is it in any way even approaching authentic (or if not, tasty?) at that price?
Other tips would be greatly appreciated.
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