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Group Dining in Charleston

Looking for a restaurant to host the rehearsal dinner in Charleston in June. (Coming in from Chicago for the wedding.) The group will likely be about 30 people. The bride is southern and would like a place with a lot of character, relaxed and of course great southern or low country food. Nothing stuffy, no fine dining types of places. A private room is not necessarily a requirement. Would love if the restaurant also had a larger bar space (again, does not need to be private) that the group could gather at after dinner. In terms of cost, looking at places that are around $30/entree, but fairly open.

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks!

Jan 08, 2014
lchifoodie in Southeast

Need help filling in my itinerary for five day visit beginning of October.

I meant Fish Bar in Lakeview. GT Fish and Oyster is also very good, but maybe a bit overkill for lunch.

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GT Fish and Oyster
531 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL

Oct 05, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Need help filling in my itinerary for five day visit beginning of October.

I would recommend checking out Fish Bar for lunch on your own. It's set up to accommodate single diners, the food is great (try the lobster roll), the decor/atmosphere is unique and comfortable, and the wait shouldn't be bad at lunch. I believe they are closed on Mondays, so maybe check that out on your Tuesday lunch.

Big Star is a hands down favorite of mine, especially on a nice day. Watch out for those margs though - very strong.

Oct 05, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Boyfriend's birthday dinner for two (under $100?)

Very disappointing - was there 3 weeks ago and had yet another outstanding meal. Hopefully Gilbert's next spot will be just as good. (Pasta flights? Yes please!)

Aug 29, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Boyfriend's birthday dinner for two (under $100?)

I would consider Terragusto as an option as well. Its off the beaten path, very romantic and I've always had a fantastic meal. I would second the other suggestions as well, with two exceptions: I was disappointed by both Bristol and Sable. (Found them overpriced for the amount/quality of food.)

BTW, Longman and Eagle is worth a try at some point, as is Publican.

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Terragusto
1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Aug 29, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Friday drinks and Sunday brunch recs

Coming to DC over labor day weekend with a group of 9 from Chicago and Minnesota. We have most meals figured out, but are looking for two recommendations:

1.) Drinks on Friday night: We all get in on Friday night and would like a place to meet up for drinks. We're staying in Crystal City, but want to get a little closer to the main (mall?) area of DC. (Basically we want to avoid Alexandria since we'll be spending most of the weekend there for a wedding.) Outside seating and a great view would be awesome. We're in our late 20's, so nothing too stuffy or too college-y.

2.) Brunch on Sunday: We're planning on spending the morning checking out the Georgetown area so prefer to be nearby, although I have heard good things about the Blacksalt brunch.

On another note, how difficult would it be for us to get into Tabbard Inn's brunch on a Monday morning?

Thanks!

Foodies on a Budget- these are places I've been- where else?

I think there are a ton of great options in Chicago for less than $70. Here are few that come to mind:

Publican: beware you will probably be seated at a communal table and it can be a bit noisy, but the food and atmosphere are well worth it.

Longman and Eagle: a bit of a trek from your hotel, but the food is outstanding. If its on the menu, I recommend the pork belly. I also recommend not going on Friday or Saturday night - they don't take reservations and the waits can be long.

And, a bit (ok a lot) more casual is my personal favorite: BIg Star. It's in Bucktown (again, a bit of trek) but as another foodie on a budget, I am in love with this place. There's a big patio, excellent margaritas and delicious two dollar tacos.

May 09, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

New Restaurant next to DMK Burger Bar?

It doesn't appear that anyone has reviewed this yet, so I thought I'd add a post. I've been to DMK's new restaurant Fish Bar several times (an embarrassing amount, actually). To me, it's another example of Chicago dining at it's best: awesome food, moderate prices, with a great atmosphere.

Fish Bar is extremely small, so expect long waits (2 hours on a Friday evening.) The bar makes decent drinks and has a pretty good beer selection (served in mason jars!) which helps pass the time. Most of the seating is at the wrap around bar, so it's perfect for parties of 2-3. There are exactly 3 tables for 4 people.

The food is awesome. I've had several of the items on the menu but by far my favorite is the lobster roll, which is out of this world. I also really enjoy the grilled calamari, which is served with a great lemon/olive oil/pepper marinade.

Price-wise, I usually spend between $30-$40 on a main, a side, and a few drinks.

The decor is casual, with a cape cod feel. Service is fast (once you are seated) and very friendly.

May 09, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner

I'm looking for suggestions for my birthday dinner. We'll have about 12-15 people, and my ideal place would be small, cozy, fairly inexpensive ($30-40 a person not including drinks), BYOB. I'm really looking for a place like Terragusto, but without a set menu for a larger party. (Plus Terragusto makes you pre-pay for larger parties, which I'm not crazy about.) I'm open to any location around the city. Any suggestions?

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Terragusto
1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Mar 30, 2011
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Tacos in Venice?

Long overdue, but thanks to all for the input. We ended up going to the La Isla Bonita truck and then to La Cabana for margs. Both were awesome and really helped us get over our Badger Rose Bowl loss from the day before. :)

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La Isla Bonita
3630 Saviers Rd, Oxnard, CA 93033

Feb 02, 2011
lchifoodie in Los Angeles Area

Tacos in Venice?

Thanks for the recommendations and the feedback on finding good tacos and margs in the same spot. My group would certainly be willing to go to two different spots for our taco and margarita fix, so if that changes the recommendations I am all ears!

Also, we are from Chicago, so we're new to the concept of food trucks - sounds like that might be our best bet for tacos?

Dec 28, 2010
lchifoodie in Los Angeles Area

Tacos in Venice?

I am staying in Venice for a long weekend, near Abbot Kinney. Can anyone recommend a good taco place in the area? Must have good margaritas as well.

Dec 27, 2010
lchifoodie in Los Angeles Area

Lowcountry Cuisine

Does anyone know of any Chicago area restaurants that serve lowcountry cuisine?

Jun 14, 2010
lchifoodie in Chicago Area

Visiting for Valentine's Day weekend, need a little help finalizing food itinerary

I've eaten at all of the above except Trotter's but in my opinion, DB Primehouse is the best choice of the bunch. I've eaten there a few times, including on V-day last year and it's always an awesome meal, especially if you are into steakhouses.

North Pond has a great atmosphere if you are sitting in the porch area and the food is good, but not outstanding, given the price tag.

Feb 03, 2010
lchifoodie in Chicago Area