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Too much fine food?

Betsy | Apr 19, 200605:00 PM

This may sound like a silly question, but is there such a thing has having too many "must-do"s on a restaurant itinerary (as opposed to having one or two neighborhood type places)?

Take my potential itinerary, for example. I've now got Topolobampo for Tuesday lunch, Spring for Saturday dinner, potentially Alinea for Thursday dinner (although I really want to squeeze Scylla in somehow) and either Greektown or Green Zebra for Friday dinner (no reservations at any of these places yet). Sunday night is Terragusto and Monday night I have Custom House. I keep thinking that if I want to dine at Scylla, then maybe I should remove Terragusto since it's more like a neighborhoody place than a destination restaurant. However, I really don't want my dining list to be merely a "greatest hits" of Chicago. I love cozy, comfortable places (got Erwin set for Wednesday dinner before the Cubs game) as well and I think it's important not to dine in only the most well-known restaurants.

I'm thinking now that Alinea and Tru may be overkill; what do you guys think? Is it too much fine food for a week's stay? I'm also wondering if I've made a mistake scheduing Topo for lunch; a nice leisurely lunch at a fine restaurant is a lovely thing, but I can't help wondering if I'm missing out on something there by not having dinner.....

I'd love to hear your opinions; as much as restaurant research is my favorite part of planning a vacation, it also causes me a great deal of grief ....well, lol, not really, but it's so hard to choose (although rationally I understand that Chicago is NOT far from NY and I can come back anytime).

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