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SF Chowhound heading to Chicago

Kimchee | Feb 21, 200602:12 PM

Hi there,

I have a job interview in Chicago & will be in town from the evening of March 2nd (Thursday) 'til March 5th (Sunday). I will be staying at my brother's place near the Chicago Mercantile & the Civic Opera House. We are mid-late 20's and I am a "fishaterian" (don't eat beef, pork, chicken, etc...but do eat seafood) who likes bold flavors. Here's my feasting plans so far: (Any critiques or alternative options are appreciated)

THURSDAY DINNER: pick up some takeout close to his place after my flight or hit a casual bar/restaurant & eat at the bar by myself. Any recommendations?

FRIDAY NIGHT: late meal at TRU. Even though I would rather try Alinea from all the press I've read, my brother preferes TRU...I don't know why but he's paying so that's fine with me. Probably have the seafood feast so I can compare it to the one I had at LeBernardin in NY last year.

SATURDAY LUNCH: Topolobampo. He's been to Frontera Grill & wasn't wowed, but I'd love to go here. Is it better than Frontera Grill so I can convince him of my choice?

SATURDAY NIGHT: Green Zebra. Supposedly good veggie-food and since I'm almost veggie thought it'd be a decent choice. Also this may be a lighter meal compared to my last 2 I presume.

SUNDAY BRUNCH: He loves the mascarpone-filled french toast at TOAST so we'll probably go there. Any other standout brunch options near our area? I like savory stuff & he likes sweet.

Am open to another suggestion for the Saturday night dinner. Maybe some Asian in a hip atmosphere?
Looking forward to my visit & I'll write a good report after my trip. Thanks!

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