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Visiting Chicago from Ireland for 5 Days

Aidoscuz | Jul 5, 200806:20 PM     17

Hey all

I'll be in Chicago for 5 days this August with my family (4 of us). We're visiting from Ireland and we're staying in the Hilton Garden Inn, just north of the river. We'd mainly like to experience the kind of stuff we can't really get at home. I've been trying to narrow down the eating options over the past few days and I've come up a list of places for dinner - how does this look to everyone?

1. Giordano’s
2. Spoon Thai (with translated Thai menu)
3. Frontera Grill
4. Fat Willy’s Rib Shack
5. Blackbird

A couple of comments. We definitely want a stuffed/deep dish pizza of some kind - I chose Giordano's to get the full stuffed, double crust experience but I could go for a deep dish place if people think it's better. I did some looking but it seems that there's no real consensus on the "best" pizza place in Chicago. We're within walking distance of Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, Pizano's, etc, and Uno and Due are right outside our door. Any comments on these or should I just stick to Giordano’s?

Question about Spoon Thai - I got the translated menu from lthforum.com. This was posted in 2007, so does anyone know if it's still the same menu?
http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?...

As for Frontera Grill, it seemed to be the best choice out of Salipcon and Adobo grill. Correct me if I'm wrong.

For BBQ, I was looking at Honey 1 and Smoque as well. They're all in the same area so is Fat Willy's the one to go for?

Finally Blackbirds sounds like a great American place, I think I'll stick with that.

We'll be going to San Francisco and Los Angeles afterwards if that affects things.

I haven't really looked at any lunch or breakfast places - we're not big lunch eaters, we'd generally be looking for light snacks at lunch rather than sit-down meals. Any recommendations for breakfast places nearby and lunch places around the city?

Thanks for reading. Any comments and further recommendations much appreciated.

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