I am coming back for my monthly visit (from SF), and looking for new places of interest in Chicago. I'm very familiar with most of the good places in the "casual fine dining" space, and followed nsxtsy and chicgail's postings, as well as many other well-informed and helpful Hounds.
So I have two dinners to allocate on my next visit (in mid-March) - where would you recommend?
Preferences and constraints:
1. I will eat most anything, but I'm not really crazy about offal. But if it's great...
2. I usually stay in River North, and tend to eat there, but it's laziness - if there's a CTA-friendly location, I'm up for it
3. I need to get out for dinner at around $60 including tax, tip and (hopefully) a beer or a glass of wine. Most of the places I go to are within this. If there's something above it, I'll make up the difference myself if it's worth it.
Sorry (in advance) for not being more specific. I know of, and have eaten at, many of the existing places (examples include Avec, Naha, Sable, The Publican, The Gage, Girl and Goat, Lao Sze Chuan, Tank Noodle, to name a few).
So, what has opened in the past few months that I haven't yet been to, that's worthy?
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661
Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
845 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Lao Sze Chuan
1331 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Chicago, Chicago, IL
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661