Thanks for the recommendations, all! We ended up doing a light dinner at the opera on Friday night, which we were pleasantly surprised by. After the show, we headed over to The Tasting Room and had drinks and a few small plates...loved it! Saturday afternoon we grabbed deep dish pizza after the Museum of Science and Industry....then promptly returned to the hotel for a food coma. Saturday night we hit Maude's before GATG...we loved it so much that I made reservations there to have dinner instead of just apps and drinks the next time we are in Chicago. All in all a fantastic trip!
My mom, sister, and I are convening this weekend in Chicago for a long weekend. We are staying at the Conrad and have reservations at Sable for Thursday night and Maude's for Friday night. I got us tickets to Jersey Boys at the Bank of America Theatre on Saturday night, so I'm trying to find a place either around the theatre or between the Conrad and the theatre, since we'll walk, weather permitting. Price range would preferably be comparable to Sable/Maude's or below. No one is particularly picky, however, we would probably rather avoid Italian or a steakhouse. Any help?
Yes, I had noticed that this was an option...but I was a little skeptical about whether or not the food would actually be good....have you done this before?
We were thinking avec for the pre-opera dinner, but I'm concerned about the wait....thoughts?
Ah, thanks for the info....I guess I just assumed since the reservations are semi-difficult to get, the price would be high!
My boyfriend is taking me to Chicago for a weekend in March to celebrate my 25th birthday. We ahve tickets to the Lyric Opera at 7:30 pm on the Friday night, and 9 pm reservations for Girl and the Goat on Saturday night. On Saturday during the day, we will potentially be visiting the Art Institute. We will be staying at the Hotel Allegro. Here's what we need:
- Dinner before the opera.....our hotel is only a few blocks away, so something close by and fairly low maintenance because of time would be best.
-Brunch on Saturday/ lunch near the Art Institute
- Since our G&G reservation is pretty late, it would be nice to have a place to go for drinks/apps beforehand maybe...
-Brunch on Sunday, preferably near our hotel or on the way out of town....we will be headed south to Bloomington, IN.
We are both very open-minded with food, so no particular quirks or preferences. Since the Saturday night dinner will be more on the expensive side, some still nice but slightly less expensive options for the other meals would probably be best. Thanks!!!
My boyfriend and I will be in Vegas the last week of September for the front end of a long weekend trip out west. We will be arriving on Wednesday (early evening) and will be staying at Mandalay, and will be leaving on Friday afternoon. This leaves us with 2 dinners, lunch on Thursday, and brunch on Friday (breakfast Thursday will be grab and go, as he heads to the casino and I head to the pool). As far as our budget goes for dinners, we would like to do something fairly upscale, but not to the point of Robuchon or Guy Savoy. We had originally planned on e by Jose Andres, but decided that this would not be within our budget. Here are my thoughts for each meal:
As far as lunch on Thursday, we were thinking Fleur since it is in our hotel, but I am open to suggestions....reviews I looked at on CH were not overwhelmingly positive.
We were thinking the buffet at Paris on Friday, which he likes...I've only ever been to brunch at the Wynn, but I've seen good things on CH about Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Hi, my boyfriend and I are planning a trip for late September 2011...we will fly into Seattle, rent a car, and work our way down to San Fran. We plan on spending a day each in Willamette, Napa, and Sonoma. We plan on focusing primarily on smaller, more interesting wineries and restaurants, and are trying to steer away from any of the more touristy spots. Since this is a SF board, I will not go into the Oregon part of the trip, but any suggestions on wineries or restaurants for this area are welcome.
As of now, we are planning to try and get a reservation at The French Laundry one of the nights, and have gotten a recommendation from a family member to go to the Rutherford Grill for lunch one day. I am planning on setting a $200 wine budget for both of us at TFL, which based on other boards seemed appropriate. Since we're planning on shelling out the big bucks for TFL, I am looking for suggestions for some not so expensive lunch and dinner options, and possibly feedback on the Rutherford Grill as well.
I'm thinking we'll try to hit 4-5 wineries in each of Sonoma and Napa...is this too ambitious?The list of wineries I have so far is as follows, and I would love to know if there are particular ones to leave out or ones not to miss, additionally ones that I may have overlooked that should be added.
Thanks for the help!!
Matanzas Creek Winery
Benziger Family Winery
Nicholson Ranch Winery
Kunde Estate Winery
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Hess Collection Winery
Reynolds Family Winery