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Chi Eats report: Cafe Spiaggia & Frontera & blues

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Chi Eats report: Cafe Spiaggia & Frontera & blues

Amy | Feb 10, 2004 07:28 AM

Thanks to all who responded to my questions - we went to Cafe Spiaggia for lunch, was great, my husband had a mixed seafood dish (can't remember the name) and raved about it - nice spicy broth, good seafood mix. Said it was almost as good as the sea bass he had the night before (at our little local restaurant, CD's on Solomons Island, MD). I had the rosemary grilled chicken dish, which was very good, but I wished I had ordered a pizza when one came by. I just ordered wrong. Depite our concierge's concerns about a long wait, we decided we had time to try Frontera grill - and completely lucked out - got a seat at the bar as soon as we walked in, the wait was shorter than they said (40 minutes v. 1 hr). We had margaritas and guacamole at the bar. He had the mahimahi (loved it), I had the steak (very good). Reminds me a bit of Andale in DC, but livelier. Although, based on descriptions, it was a bit emptier than I would have thought for a Friday night. Something up with that? The Chef (RB) was out and about at the tables talking to customers, but we didn't get to chat. Sunday breakfast was at Ciele (Omni) with the bride & groom. Good stuff, nothing that really stands out. Overall, quality dining experiences. We went to Blue Chicago - started at the one just a few blocks N of Frontera, (one cover charge will get you in both places), then walked a few more blocks N to the other. Then we were just a few blocks from the hotel. It was a great trip all around, included a beautiful wedding at Holy Name and reception at the Cultural center (plus 50% off sale at Neiman Marcus), so the trip was great. Thanks to all for your advice. Let me know if you have any questions!

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