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Locals opinions needed on ethnic food, lunch spots, and brunch.

worldrunner | Aug 6, 201310:34 AM

I will be visiting Chicago Thursday - Sunday. I've done enough research on my own so I'm looking for some locals opinions. Unfortunately my girlfriend isn't quite as adventurous with food yet so the tasting menus won't work this time around. We're coming from Des Moines so we're really interested in places that we don't have much of here. (So don't need any bbq, diner, or comfort food suggestions.)

What I am primarily looking for is:

A couple lunch and breakfast options. (For lunch any legit Chinese or Latin options would be great. I'm thinking baba-reeba for lunch on Friday Since we'll be in the LP neighborhood anyway.

I picked Thai urban kitchen for sushi and Kama bistro for Indian. (fixed) Is there any reason to go anywhere else? If so I'm open to suggestions.

My second request is a good gastropub with the emphasis being on the beer selection. Hopleaf seemed to be the place to go but will we regret trying to go there on a Friday night. Could use a couple back ups here.

I would usually go to Mr beef or hot dougs for quick casual lunch... Anything new to try?

Lastly and most importantly I am looking for a high end brunch for Sunday morning. I tried looking into this but there didn't seem to be a lot of info on what kind of options were offered on the buffets. A buffet is not necessary but I'd like to try a high end brunch buffet as we have absolutely ZERO of that here. Otherwise a really Great regular breakfast spot will work too. Seems like the Ritz has What I'm looking for but Maybe There's a better option. No family friendly diner buffets please:)

Edit: Any thoughts on the best beer store to hit before heading home? Looking to stock up on three Floyd's and other breweries unavailable to me at home. Binnys?

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