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First timer, flying solo

kalamansi | Oct 14, 201705:37 PM

First time in Chicago, and I don't know when I'll be able to visit again, so I want to make the most of it! I'm a major foodie, so that's my top priority over ambiance, views, etc. I'm looking for delicious, interesting and memorable food that's worth traveling for and unique to Chicago.

I'm from Vancouver - we do Asian and fish/seafood well, so I'd like to eat other things (also, I'm a major meat eater). I would also like to do one fine dining dinner - that can mean tasting menu if it's <$100.

Other considerations:

- last minute work trip, so if can't get reservation, need to be able to walk in (Mon-Thurs)
- bar seating option is a plus
- I'll be staying on the Magnificent Mile and will be relying on uber

Here's what I'm thinking:

- Girl & The Goat (heard it's easy enough to walk in if I arrive early - this is the only one I'm really set on, have been wanting to go here for a while)
- Smyth 5 course tasting menu - is it worth it? (reso's still available)
- Boka - debating between eating here a la carte or doing the Smyth tasting menu (or splurging and doing both if really worth it). Also, I scored a reso, but wondering if should just eat at the bar instead.
- Elske (also holding a reso but wondering about bar)

Runner-ups - should I swap either of these in?

- Entente
- Avec (less expensive option to balance things out, and also adds variety)

Ppen to other suggestions if I've missed something unanimously awesome.

I'll also be visiting Revival Food Hall, French Market, and Eataly for lunch/snacks.

Would love your input! :)

Eataly Chicago,
Revival Food Hall,
avec Restaurant,
Entente,
Elske,
Smyth,
Boka,
Girl & The Goat
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