First off, I got a lot of info from this board prior to my trip and it paid off - thanks to all.
This was our first time to Chicago and we dined at the following:
Cafe Spiaggia: Great food. The gnocci was the best, tender with incredible flavor from the pancetta and marinated rabbit. Also had the raviolini which was excellent. Beautifully served, and nice sized portions - not huge.
Kiki's Bistro: Another excellent meal. We tried the foie gras - yum. Also tempura soft shell crab appetizer instead of a main dish. It was great. Desserts - the apple tart was a winner, the creme brulee not so good - it has chocolate in it, was heavy and the top was soft, not hard and crunchy. We didn't finish it.
Frontera Grill - we went for lunch. Ordered the queso fundido since this is one of my favorites. It was excellent, probably the best I have had. I had the catfish tacos which were very good. We also ordered a chicken dish - excellent sauce, the breast was perfect and the leg was dry which seemed strange. Overall I enjoyed this very much.
Morton's Steak: A disappointment to me. Bread is served - a giant onion roll, not interesting. The house salad was very large but I found the dressing flavorless. I had the filet mignon, it had a vein of fat in it and I have had more tender cuts. The other steak we ordered was the porterhouse which I am told was very good. This was our most expensive meal, without dessert, and our least favorite.
Catch 35: Very good. I had oysters, crab bisque and soft-shell crabs in a muniere sauce, followed by the key lime pie. I thought all of it was excellent. I am told the house specialty of chilean sea bass was wonderful as well.