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Celebratory dinner suggestions?

mskilgore | Jan 3, 201410:42 AM

Four of us are going to be in Chicago in a few weeks to celebrate three birthdays and two promotions. Initially I thought that we'd go to Everest for our celebratory dinner. Now, after spending some time on Chow and Yelp, I am not so sure.

I don't mind spending the money for the meal ... IF the meal is excellent and the service is good. But the reviews of Everest seem to indicate that the service is so-so and the food is expensive for the quality you get.

So, with that in mind, maybe I could get some recommendations. Here are the issues I'm facing (and this is primarily why I am asking for guidance). I will eat anything you put in front of me. My husband is picky and doesn't like seafood or foie gras/pate; our friends are basically foodies and will eat mostly anything. So one of the issues we're facing is that a lot of the fine dining establishments aren't a la carte, but tasting menus are usually seafood heavy and my husband just won't eat it.

Suggestions? We can afford to spend what we would have spent at Everest. But I want to eat great food, and I want it to be worthy of a celebration. If I want good-to-great food with middling service, I can stay here in Madison. Thanks in advance.

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