A best food-friend is flying into town and will stop-over on a Saturday in January at 12:30 at O'Hare. I will pick her up and want to take her to some place wonderful for a leisurely mid-afternoon meal. She has to be back at O'Hare by 6pm.
Where can we have a truly great, and leisurely, Saturday ?afternoon meal? It is such an odd time.
Last time she came to visit, we went to L20. If she was here at a normal dinner time, I would probably try to squeeze in to El Ideas. I love to eat out, but do so rarely because of financial reasons. The last 3 Chicago restaurants I went to in Chicago over the past few years are Purple Pig, Girl and Goat, and Alinea. My staples eating out otherwise are cheaper but delicious ethnic food (Indian, Japanese etc...).
Any suggestions? My friend comes from NYC/Boston.