First off, thanks for all the great advice and info here. I'm oddly obsessive and also have trouble making decisions, so y'all are very valuable to me! Lol.
I'm spending a night in Chicago with my husband and trying to pick a dinner place. We don't care much about what's hip or the newest trend or anything. We just want to have an enjoyable time eating delicious food that feels like it was worth the money, basically.
I've done a fair amount of research, and here are the places I'm deciding between. (I know some other places are highly recommended, but have ruled them out for one reason or another.)
(These two appeal to us for pretty much the same reasons. Nice variety on a tasty sounding menu. And walking distance to our River North hotel. But of course there are mixed reviews about whether they're really that great. My husband is into the fact that they seem to have game meats on the menu most of the time.)
The Purple Pig
(I'd prefer a place with reservations, but we plan to spend the afternoon/evening checking out the magnificent mile area and probably millenium park, so I figure we can out our name in then come back. But is it worth it? Is it really as awesome as some reviews say? What about the large number of reviews mentioning slow, in attentive service?)
(Really looks good and we will have a car. Is it a quick easy drive? And I've seen an awful lot of people lamenting extremely tiny portions, no?)
(Doesn't seem to get a lot of mention, but the menu looks great and the few things I've read have me interested.)
(Seems a little far away, reviews are somewhat mixed, but the current posted menu definitely seems like a meal we would enjoy, and it sounds like most people are having a very good meal there.)
So, would anyone like to cast a vote for or against any of these places? Have any thoughts on them in general?
Luckily, we love in Wisconsin, so it's not like we can't get back to try again. But we also have two little kids, so it'll be a while!