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Recommendations for December visit

nextguy | Oct 19, 2011 11:27 AM

Hello everyone,

This morning snagged a ticket for 2 at Next for their Childhood menu. I actually browsed there this morning hoping to see the El Bulli theme on sale but I guess those will only go on sale starting in January or late December. Having heard how hard it is to get tickets I decided to take Childhood instead of waiting for El Bulli and risk never getting tickets. So now I am looking to round out my 4 day visit. I visited Chicago last year and ate at Alinea, Avenues, Frontera, and had some pizza at Lou Malnatti's. Alinea was a bit disappointing but Avenues was a revelation, one of my favorite meals ever. This trip I am looking at 1 or 2 high end meals with a few medium/casual thrown in. Here is what I am looking at:

L2O
Charlie Trotter
Tru
Everest
Blackbird
Schwa (are they still open?)

L2O seems like a good, safe choice but I don't follow the Chicago food scene too close but from an outsider's perspective it seems to have lost some luster since LG left. Would that be wrong? Charlie Trotter I have seen a lot of negative feedback but I grew up hearing about his restaurant which is probably the reason why I keep going back and forth about booking there. To be honest the others on this list I just kind of threw in without a great deal of interest, except maybe for Schwa if I could snag a table and they don't have water problems the night of my visit.

I would like to have another deep dish but I am always confused about Uno, Dues, and original locations of each. Which one is actually the original and what is its location?

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Charlie Trotter's
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

L2O
2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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