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Questions for an Upcoming Chicago Visit

TheDegustationAsian | Jan 31, 2011 10:53 AM

Hello Chicago hounds, I'm a fellow NYC hound and wanted to pick your brains re an upcoming visit. My gf and I are planning a week long vacation around May/June. I have done a bit of research on the Chicago boards and have a good idea of what I want but need some additional help. Unsure where we are staying, but have a flexible itinerary and will travel for food. Love that most of your restaurants accept reservations via Opentable 3 months out, instead of two or one in NYC. Money is not a concern, and am focused on great food, whatever the type.

Although I enjoy a wide range of dining experience (both high and low end), at least for this trip, I feel like I'm looking for the very best of what Chicago has to offer. While my trip is still a couple months away, I already know I'll be trying to get reservations to:

- Alinea - no question as why I'd want to go here.
- Schwa - hoping I can get a reservation.
- Avenues - very intrigued by Chef Duffy's food.

For the remaining four meals (assuming I get lucky and can get all of my aforementioned reservations) I'm very interested to hear what you think about the following dinner ideas:

- L2O - anyone been since Gras left for NYC?
- Topolobampo - very interested, also a lunch option.
- Charlie Trotters - Grand Tasting menu looks very appealing.
- Tru - still good after Chef Tramonto left?
- Blackbird - have heard/read great things about Chef Kahn's food, also a lunch option.
- Bonsoiree - alternative to Schwa? BYOB and creative food.
- Ria - have read mixed comments regarding people's experiences.
- Spiaggia - best Italian in Chicago?

Lunch - Looking for many of iconic foods to Chicago, and I'd like to hear your opinions:
- Italian Beef - Portillo's or Ale's Beef?
- Deep Dish Pizza - Pizzeria Uno or Pizzeria Due?
- "Haute" Mexican - Topolobampo/Frontera/Xoco
- Hot Dogs - Wiener Circle, Super Dog, Hot Doug's?
- Belly Shack/Urban Belly?
- Purple Pig

Breakfast/Brunch - We like both savory and sweet options and am interested to hear what people think about the following:
- Publican
- Frontera Grill/Xoco
- M. Henry
- Bongo Room
- Jam
- Ann Sather
- Yolk
- Orange
- Toast
- Kitsch'n

Feel free to let me know if you think I'm missing anything and a big thanks in advance!

Pizzeria Due
619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Pizzeria Uno
29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

Charlie Trotter's
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Wiener Circle
2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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