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Please help me choose our 1 dinner in Chicago

plafield | Jun 14, 201208:02 AM

We're coming to Chicago for a wedding and unfortunately can only stay for one weekend and have 1 dinner of our choice for ourselves. We're staying at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
(1 West Wacker Drive.) It's for a Friday night, 3rd week in July.

I'm wanting something that we can reach easily by walking, public transport, or short (inexpensive) cab ride. We love good food and want something well above average but don't want to break the bank (no Alinea!) The rehearsal dinner is going to be Chicago pizza so we're not considering that. We're not crazy about trendy food combos (please don't put olives in my dessert!) and lean toward comfort type food as opposed to 4 lovely little things artfully arranged on the plate with pickled farm veggies. And we don't want to wait in a long line for a table so are looking for a place that takes reservations.

Places I'm considering:

Publican: Looks delicious and everyone seems to love it but we're not sure we want community seating. Might be fun though. What do you think?

Sable: This menu looks totally up our alley and love the idea of sharing a bunch of smaller plates but we're much more interested in food than cocktails and I'm finding mixed reviews about the food. Comments?

Blackbird: Seems to get consistently glowing reviews (still!) but we're a little concerned that the menu looks a bit trendy in terms of challenging flavor combos and I'm not seeing anything that makes me say "Oooh I want that." same for Girl and the Goat.

I've been searching the board but I'm sure that there are other possibilities that I haven't uncovered. I'd love comments on the ones I'm considering as well as any suggestions for others. We're looking to spend up to $200 for dinner including everything. We're not big drinkers so that $200 includes 2 cocktails or 2 glasses of wine (and tax and tip.)

Thanks for the help. It's a bummer to come to such a great food city and only have 1 dinner! But we will be having hotdogs and/or beef sandwiches for lunch/snacks!

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