I will be visiting Chicago in the Springtime with my husband for just two days (one night). I'm already considering restaurants because I'm a little obsessive and enjoy this sort of planning. I've been searching menus, reviews, etc. and every time I think I've come across the perfect place, I wind up finding a bunch of naysayer reviews. This is probably true of anywhere, but I'd love some input here.
We would like to have a fun meal. We'd definitely like something a littlle more interestiing than totally standard fare, but we dont get to go out for a nice meal often, and we're not hip, so it doesn't HAVE to be the latest and greatest necessarily. $150 before tip is the upper end we're comfortable with, and we'd like that to include a some alcoholic beverages. We'll be staying in River North probably, and plan to check out Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile before dinner, and would love a place somewhat nearby. But will have a car and are willing to take a cab. It would be great if hubby could wear jeans, but its not a deal breaker. We're in our 30s. I'd prefer a reservation as opposed to waiting, though it will probably be a Thrusday night.
So far, I'm leaning toward The Gage (hubby loves scotch, and loves game type meats) or Sable. We tend to enjoy a shared plate style.
Everyone everywhere seems to feel that Girl and the Goat is just the be all and end all, so I'm definitely considering it. But I dont know, I can put my finger on what about it isn't really exciting me.
I LOVE the menu at Tavernita! But reviews are hit and miss.
I mentioned the Publican to him, but he's not wild about the communal tables or communal bathrooms, lol.
Open to other suggestions.
Thanks for any input.
(p.s. the prices of drinks on these chicago menus are giving me sticker shock!)