We had a real quick trip to Chicago for a wedding last weekend. We stayed at the Palmer House.
Friday early evening we walked up to Catch 35 and had a seafood roll (shrimp scallops tuna) and the potstickers and a couple of appetizers. I really liked the space and the food was good although we didn't try that much. Our primary bar tender (we sat at the bar) was a complete D-bag and so full of himself it was ridiculous. All our refills were done by a bartender not even covering our section of the bar while the all important bar tender flirted the entire time. Thank god the other bar tenders were great and we had a good time.
NY9E Friday night for dinner. Wow, what a swanky space. I really thought I was in south beach or Vegas for a moment. It is also a fairly large space, with a beautiful center bar that isn't stocked or manned (that is strange) and a couple of separate (all glass walls) rooms that could accommodate larger groups in a private setting that isn't some tucked away back room. I had been drinking a bit so I don't remember all the appetizers and entrees our party had, but no one complained about a thing. We had some Rock Shrimp Appetizers that were very well cooked with a very light batter. Very tasty. Also the duck fat fries were incredibly good as one would imagine and loaded with flavor. I had the hangar steak, which to me is one of the most underrated cuts of meat, especially for the price. Cooked exactly as I ordered at medium rare. It was excellent and a a good value at $26. One of our party had the filet and it was great as well. This is a restaurant that doesn't get much time on this board, but I definitely enjoyed it and the service was outstanding. We were never rushed (which we could have been, seeing as we hadn't all seen each other for years), never had glasses get empty and had a wonderful time.
We had late night drinks and food at Gage which was a great spot. No details as it was very late.
The next day we had breakfast at a corner bakery right by the Palmer House which was ok (forgot the name). We had lunch at McCormick and Schmidts right off of State and Wacker. It was average and our bartender was slow, but it looked like he had the whole bar plus about 8 tables, so he was short handed. Food was typical for this place (above average, but not great) with the fish tacos being the best thing we had. We also had drinks at the Trump Terrace that day, and what a very cool spot for a beer and their food menu looked good, but pricey. If you go, it was at least 10 degrees cooler up there than on street level due to the wind (but a beautiful Saturday).
Saturday was a wedding so no dinner report.
Sunday mid day we had lunch at Miller's Pub next to the hotel. It was ok for pub food and the fish and chips was actually pretty good. Interesting place that was packed the day before for the Wisconsin Game.
That is it, we had a fun trip to Chicago.
35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603