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Several questions for ChiChows from SFHound, please

polenta | | Jul 21, 2009 10:05 PM

Dear Chowhounds!

On our way to Chicago next week, and have several questions needing your advice, please.

First, a little about us:

Seasonal, ingredient-driven cooking, either contemporary or classic, probably best describes what we look for on a menu.

What a creative chef does with food can be exciting and memorable for us, but novelty for its own sake crinkles our nose and leaves us hungry.

We eat all manner of fish and seafood, but no other meat. We enjoy food from around the world.

We prefer more casual dining to overly formal rooms--though style and "relaxed elegance" can be a treat.

Dinner without wine is like a day without sunshine.

We're accustomed to menus with $8 to $12 first course or small plates, and entrees in the mid $20's. For a truly unique meal we'll splurge well beyond this, but we've learned that often the higher the price, the greater the disappointment.

I've been a Server in San Francisco for more than a decade.

OK! The questions, please:

1) We have one dinner w/local family. What's newer and delicious in the city where four people can hear each other, and have a great meal for about $125, all in, per couple?

2) Dinner rec's for two other nights? We'll be staying at the Fairmont near Millennium Park, and are happy to use public transit or cab to not-too-distant places.

3) Lunch spots in neighborhoods where we might visit? Could be counter, cafe, picnic to-go.

4) Lunch near the Art Institute? ChiChows seem to be mixed to negative about the food at the museum, true?

5) Thoughts about breakfast? Can be quick, and doesn't have to be a big deal, just tasty. We may go to North Pond for brunch on Sunday--enjoyed a lovely brunch there a few years ago.

Thanks to all in advance!

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