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Spoon Thai, Hot Doug's, Zocalo, and other specific questions

Niki in Dayton | Aug 27, 200906:44 AM

We'll be in Chicago next week for a conference, staying at the Hyatt on E. Wacker. Breakfast and lunch will at the conference, except for Friday. We have reservations for Publican on Monday night.

Tuesday we plan to go to Zocalo; do we need reservations? I saw an Open Table link on their website, but if we don't really need reservations, we'd prefer to just walk in at a time convenient for us (not sure how long the conference and after-conference stuff will take). We've been to both Topo and Frontera on previous visits and loved them both, but are not into the crowd thing.

Weds we plan to go to Spoon Thai on N. Western (that is the correct place, right? I know there are places with similar names, but I was unable to find a website for the restaurant). We intend to BYOB and although we'll have a car, we can either take the El or a cab, depending upon what's easier. Is there parking near the restaurant? There will probably be 3 of us going. I looked it up on HopStop and it appears the Brown Line is a fairly easy commute, although it's estimated at 38 minutes. Would it be reasonable to try to make it to Hot Chocolate after Spoon Thai? Recommendations?

Thursday night is open, but hubby and I would like a splurge dinner. We adored Cafe Spiaggia for lunch last year (best Italian we'd had since Italy). I've read some mixed reviews on Spiaggia itself, although I thought the space looked beautiful when we were at the Cafe last year. Is Cafe des Architects a good alternative? I know it's cheaper....how's the wine list? I know it's French food, but is it the same level of deliciousness as Cafe Spiaggia?

Friday we head home.....thinking about trying to go to Hot Doug's as we head back to Ohio. How's the parking near-by? Is there some other wonderful place we should go for breakfast/brunch instead? We'll want to be on the road by noon or so (and yes, we'd plan to get there by 10:30 if we go).

As you can probably tell by the choices above, we love all kinds of food, although things like the Bongo Room don't really appeal (love sweets, but not so much for breakfast). Thanks, Chicago hounds, we really appreciate your advice!


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