I'm traveling alone on business to Chicago for a very quick 2.5 weekday trip (so no Sunday brunch for me). I will not have a car, but I am willing to taxi it if it's not accessible via the L. I don't mind eating alone, eat everything (though I'm super picky about Chinese food so I think I'd avoid it on this trip), and budget is not an issue.
My problem is that I have some business meals with others, so I have only a few meals on my own: 1 dinner the night I arrive, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch (has to be less than 2 hours long for both meal and the commute to/from the Loop given other meetings).
I tried, and failed, to get a reservation at some high-end/popular places (Alinea, Grace, North Pond, Naha, Girl and the Goat), though I'm wondering if some of them have bar seating (I know Girl & the Goat mentioned it on their website). I'm thinking of going to Girl & the Goat and trying to snag a bar seat around 8 pm Monday night. Sound feasible? If not, a few friends recommended Purple Pig (no res required, late hours, and I see they have a foie gras smear--haven't had any foie gras since CA banned it), Publican (I love charcuterie and blood sausage), or Maude's (roasted bone marrow, foie gras, salmon tartare all sound good). I saw some recent recs for Purple Pig and Maude's here. I'm planning on grabbing food for the flight home from Tortas Fronteras, so I was going to skip Rick Bayless' other restaurants.
As for breakfast, I love savory breakfasts (not into pastries/pancakes/french toast). I'm considering Little Goat (if I don't get into Girl & Goat, but maybe even if I do as it's 10 minute L ride from my hotel). Jam's menu looks good, but it's a 25 minute L ride. I'd love recommendations that aren't too far from the Loop (just because I get hangry when I don't get food within an hour of waking up!).
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