I'm headed down with my husband for my first trip ever to your fair/fare town. I've read the posts and got the first-timer low-down, and am ready with specific questions.
We are staying on the Magnificent Mile. We are open to travel on public transit and will walk as long as 30 minutes for good food, but will try to avoid cabs.
We are looking for:
* Food Tourist Destinations: markets, shops, areas of town with lots to see and eat (like Kensington Market in Toronto) - husband will also want to get some famous deep dish so I'll take reccos for that, too.
* At Least One Nice Dinner - somewhere with great pork/beef for the man and fish for me, lots of veg and salad options too - nowhere too stuck up, somewhere focused on good food and good service, with an atmosphere of excitement. Considering: The Bristol, Girl and the Goat, open to other thoughts.
* Other Dinners: open to suggestions, but looking to keep to under $20/person for main dishes. we like Indian, husband loves pizza, we like Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, etc. Only thing I'd rule out would be sushi, Japanese, Korean or Chinese.
* Lunches: affordable but nice-ish lunches, places that offer sandwiches, soups, salad and nice ambiance, especially if there's deals at lunch, or anything fun fitting the ethnic descriptions above. Considering: XOCO, open to other thoughts.
* Bars: i like wine and husband likes beer - anywhere off the beaten track, bonus points for good food, too, looking for comfy but cool places to either settle down for an evening or just grab one drink. we lean more toward the late 20s-early 30s crowd than the rowdy types, we like music and buzz, but not too loud.
Basically, I'm all about creative presentations of local produce and meat, and want the best that your town has to offer. Thanks in advance and should you ever venture north I'll return the favour for TO.
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661