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Romantic prix-fixe dinner in the $20-30 range?

eakarink | Oct 24, 2009 12:17 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant where my partner and I can celebrate our 5th anniversary. We're both broke grad students, though, so we're looking for something nice but relatively inexpensive. The details:

-We like all cuisines, though I don't find the more heavily-spiced ones very "romantic."
-We'd prefer to go out on a Saturday night, but Sunday would also be acceptable if it's cheaper. We're not averse to eating earlier in the evening.
-I'd really prefer somewhere with street parking (don't want to take public transportation, and would like to not pay $10+ for valet parking unless the dinner is a REALLY good deal).
-We don't plan on having wine or any other drinks, so I don't care if it's BYO or if it has a good wine list or anything else like that.
-We're coming from Hyde Park, which means we'll have a decent drive ahead of us no matter where we go, so geographic location within the Chicago area isn't important.
-Prix fixe isn't necessary, but we would like to be able to get an entire dinner, not just entrées, for $30 or under per person. Prix fixe specials seem like a good way to get an affordable meal at a restaurant that would otherwise be out of our price range.

I'm already considering One Sixty Blue, which is at the upper limit of our price range with a $32 three-course prix fixe. Cafe Too seems like a more affordable option ($24 five-course), but I'm guessing it's not a very romantic atmosphere. We've been to Kendall College many times and love it but would like to try something different.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

one sixtyblue
160 North Loomis, Chicago, IL 60607

Cafe Too
4715 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

Kendall College Dining Room
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642

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