as the topic suggests, I shall be in chicago from january 15 to 20 and i am soliciting suggestions for some good meals. about me, i'll be staying in both evanston and hyde park. no car, but willing to travel for delicious and/or distinctive dining. i'm already planning on a epicurean feast night on saturday, starting at the violet hour for drinks, the bristol for dinner and hot chocolate for dessert.
i'm wondering about edzo's, the green zebra (especially if the vegetarian fare can stand up to the arctic temperatures) and cafe spiaggia. i'd like a suggestion for good lunch in hyde park, a place for lunch or dinner near the art institute and sunday brunch in belmont or wrigleyville. i'd also love suggestions for cheapish places for more than one meal around evanston and anywhere (bar or restaurant) with a cocktail program that is not-as-fancy as the violet hour, but where they still know their stuff.
i'll try anything once (seriously, anything) and my favorite cuisines include contemporary american/local-oriented, 'non-traditional' french & italian, and anything african (especially ethiopian or senegalese). if the menu offers offal, there is at least an 85% chance i will order it.
finally, budget-wise, i'd like to spend no more than $15 on lunches and $30 (excluding beverage) on dinners, though i'd be willing to spend more on one other Really Good dinner.
thanks a lot!