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NYC Hound Returning to Chicago: Questions about Topolobampo, Wildberry, and Lula Cafe vs Longman & Eagle vs Jam

kathryn | Feb 12, 2012 01:10 PM

Hello Chicago hounds!

I am find myself in the midst of planning an unexpected mid-March trip to Chicago and I have a few questions. We'll be in town March 21-23 (Weds-Fri).

On previous trips, we've enjoyed Xoco, Publican, Violet Hour, Alinea, Hot Doug's, Jam, Big Star, Next Restaurant, Sable, Purple Pig, Julius Meinl, Sepia, Heaven on Seven, Girl & the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, and Bleeding Heart Bakery.

1. What's a good place to have a late lunch in River North on a weekday? We've done Purple Pig, GT Fish & Oyster, Sable, Xoco already, some multiple times.

I'm thinking Topolobampo (have done Frontera but not Topo).

I was looking into Slurping Turtle, too, but was worried it may be too similar to the plethora of Japanese ramen/yakitori/izakaya options in NYC (Ippudo, Totto, etc).

I'd prefer non-pizza/non-burger options since we'll probably be eating that w/ our nephews that weekend.

2. Has anybody tried Wildberry Cafe's newest location in the Loop?

Seems that their Libertyville and Schaumberg locations are very popular and highly rated for breakfast/brunch.

3. Can anybody confirm that Lula Cafe does NOT do any daily specials on weekdays?

Their brunch specials menu looks great but we will only be in Chicago from Weds-Fri and probably miss out.

I'm thinking either Longman & Eagle or Jam for a weekday brunch if so. Haven't done Longman & Eagle, have only done Jam in their old space. We'll probably be doing Southport Grocery the following day.

We'd like to have brunch, and walk around the neighborhood at bit, go into some antique stores, second hand stores, clothing boutiques, etc., and both Logan Square & Lakeview seemed like good options to do that (done Wicker Park area too many times now).

Our tentative schedule:

Lunch at Topolobampo
Dinner at Publican w/ friends

Brunch at Longman & Eagle or Jam?
Dinner at Next

Brunch at Southport Grocery? Or maybe Wildberry?

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