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Visitors looking for Chicago Seafood and Latin American restaurants this weekend.

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Visitors looking for Chicago Seafood and Latin American restaurants this weekend.

fern | Jul 7, 2008 09:19 AM

Husband's friend and his wife are coming in early afternoon on Saturday and are staying at the downtown Hyatt on Wacker. We'll be with them Saturday and Sunday.

Here's what we know:

They are mostly interested in a good seafood meal and also something "Chicago". Not necessarily pizza or dogs (although we may try to slip in an Italian beef someplace), what they had in mind was"Oprah's chef's place", Table 52.
I had no luck getting reservations there, though. FYI, that would be the very upper limit price-wise. Our constraint, not theirs.

They are very interested in Latin American food (their favorite restaurant at home is Cuban/Columbian) and asked us about Carnivale. Is this the best choice?
Their hearts are not set on these places, they're just the ones they've heard of that sounded good.

*Really* wanted to take them to Flamingo's Seafood but their visit is going to be a quick one and they prefer not to go that far and I don't think that will change. Based on what I've read I think they would have loved it, though.

So far I'm thinking that a relaxing seafood dinner on Saturday might work out as they will be worn out after a long travel day and the architecture river tour on what will probably be a very hot afternoon.
Then something bolder (Latin American?) can happen on Sunday before an early evening Second City show.

Maxwell St Market on Sunday morning for our "Chicago" thing?

He would like to find great ribs and will do this after we've parted. He's only heard of Carson's but should I steer him to Fat Willy's or Honey 1 perhaps?

One more thing, they'd like to see some beach. Is there anyplace relaxing with a nice view to go for a drink? Of course we'll walk on the beach but I think it would be that much more enjoyable if we could find a spot to take a break, cool off, and enjoy the lake view.

Thank you very much for your help. I tend to over think things and have already spent hours on the computer. Trouble is I don't really know them and want them to have a wonderful time with great meals that will leave them wanting more of Chicago!

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