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Loved the new Four Seasons restaurant

Sixteen is an acquired taste, good food, but super rich and pretty stuffy atmosphere. I'd have to go with RIA by far for best hotel meal.

Feb 23, 2012
lmonitz in Chicago Area

2nd Visit.....What should we not miss this time around?

Hmm interesting, I knew they partnered with the Melman sons of Lettuce Entertain you they have that klout behind them, but hadn't heard about the chef. Let me know if anyone checks it out, I haven't heard much from the soft opening, will be interesting to see if it's more star power behind the name or if it's legit. Allium is also getting good new hype (new restaurant in the Four Seasons)

Feb 23, 2012
lmonitz in Chicago Area

2nd Visit.....What should we not miss this time around?

Hey there, Al's beef is a quick stop, more of a snack than a meal... Hot Dougs I personally think is overrated (foie overload), Kuma's Corner though, def not- best burgers in the city. I'd say pick either Avec or Blackbird, they're very similar (and next door), Avec is more small plates, Blackbird is fancier, just depends on your preference. If you want Paul Kahan's newer restaurant, Big Star is a retro whiskey/gourmet taco bar in wicker park- delicious and across the street from Violet Hour, a must see speakeasy which has been rated one of the best cocktail lounges in the country. If you want to stay in the W. Loop area- Sepia and Maude's Liquors are also really good and pretty close to girl and goat (def go). I'd say Tavernita, GT Fish and Oyster and Guliana Rancic's new restaurant are on the hotlist right now.

Feb 23, 2012
lmonitz in Chicago Area

Zauo/ other "weird" restaurants

Hello fellow foodies! I'm doing my first Japan visit in a couple weeks and came across a list of weirdest restaurants of the world, a lot of which are in Asia. http://restoran.us/trivia/unusual.htm

I was wondering if any has been to any of these and if they're worthwhile or just gimmicky. I will be in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka and possibly Nara/Kobe. I'm a travel writer so looking for any interesting/memorable experiences.

Zauo looked interesting where you catch your fish for instance, but I'm debating if the food's actually good or if it's just entertaining for the kids http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06...

Feb 23, 2012
lmonitz in Japan