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Help Me Choose please

I haven't been to Moto, but have been to the others.

42 Grams: I thought the food was amazing. I didn't think the pacing was rushed. In fact, the chef told us that we ate too fast. Foodwise, I would say that it's the 2nd best place I've eaten in Chicago. They also serve the food in a more personal level and would explain how and why they prepared the dishes. Only con is that you can't really be a picky eater here as they don't allow substitutions due to their small staff and kitchen. Also, the stress in the kitchen when I was there was highly palpable but still, the overall experience was enjoyable.

Goosefoot: Great food, cheaper price but the pacing of the food is sometimes atrocious. I'm talking about a 25-30 minute wait here in between dishes. Presentation wise, it's more elegant and formal than 42 Grams but you can't go wrong with either choices.

If I may add a 3rd choice: Schwa: Really great food and if you're concerned about the price range, I think this would give you the most bang for your buck. It's the most casual of the three but getting a reservation is a pain in the you know what and the possibility of a cancellation is sort of up in the air.

1 day ago
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Roscoe Village Questions

+1 for Orange, and Black Dog Gelato

1 day ago
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Going to Sink Swim tomorrow

Thanks for the review. I eat fast so that may be a pace to my liking:).

Aug 27, 2015
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Best dining in Chicago

Alinea, then 42 Grams, then Goosefoot and Schwa

Aug 26, 2015
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Going to Sink Swim tomorrow

How was it?

Aug 26, 2015
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Eately - Just for Coffee

There are a limited amount of seats in the area. The earlier you go, the better the chances of you sitting down. If it's just an espresso, do it the Italian way, stand and drink the coffee at the bar then leave. Otherwise, if there are a lot of people, just take the coffee to go and sit outside.

Aug 17, 2015
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what do you think?

Keep your reservations at Little Goat. The food there is superb. Coalfire just opened another branch on Southport close to Wrigley, so you can possibly have them when you visit the area.

Aug 17, 2015
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Coffee Beans... esp darker roasts

There's a shop in Lakeview called the Coffee and Tea Exchange(3311 N Broadway) which sells different types of beans in barrels. I just got their Vietnamese roast which was pretty good with cream and sugar.

Also, Little Goat Bakery serves Stumptown Coffee but I'm not sure if they can sell the beans to you. Reno in Logan Square does sell the beans though. It's one of my faves, along with Blue Bottle.

Aug 17, 2015
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Best coffee/breweries/sandwiches/art in Chicago for a weekend away...

I find Doughnut Vault's chestnut glazed donut to be addicting. Hence, I try to avoid them as much as possible. If OP wants to avoid the lines on weekends, go check their food truck instead. It's usually parked by the Green City Market on Saturday mornings, Oz Park Sunday mornings and in Lakeview by Addison and Southport Sunday afternoons.

Jul 26, 2015
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Nando Chicken

I've been to the one in Toronto and the West Loop. I found the West Loop one to be almost the same as the one in Toronto.

Jul 22, 2015
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Chinese food in Chicago

While not exactly Chinese, the North Side has Fat Rice in Logan Square. It's pretty much a fusion of Portuguese and Macanese cuisine, leaning more Asian than European. Also on the North Side is Sun Wah for Cantonese, Chinatown has Ming Hin, Cai and Sweet Station. Except for a few restaurants, most of the ones here tend to skew more traditional rather than modern.

Jun 11, 2015
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Chicago--Chinese & Vietnamese

+1 for Ming Hin, also, you can check out Sun Wah in Uptown. In the downtown area, there's an outpost of Lao Sze Chuan if you're in the area and are really really hungry.

Jun 11, 2015
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Great Pastries and Macaroons on Magnificent Mile?

That's a bummer. Bad Wolf is also closing which means a good kouign amann will be hard to come by in Chicago now.

I just thought of a couple other places for coffee by the Four Seasons: King Cafe which is located inside the 900 Michigan Mall is open even before the other stores are open. Also, I just tried the pastries at Beatrix. I found them to be good all around, especially the cinammon roll.

Jun 08, 2015
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Great Pastries and Macaroons on Magnificent Mile?

You can pick up some delicious albeit limited pastries at Nico Osteria for breakfast too. They make a great Kouign Amann, almost on par with Bad Wolf Coffee.

Jun 02, 2015
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Next Tapas Menu?

It looks interesting.

http://grosstravelchronicles.blogspot...

I can almost see Phil Vettel's rating when he reviews it: 4 stars!

May 23, 2015
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Copenhagen recommendations

Fine Dining: Geranium and Noma
Awesome Restaurants: Amass, Relae
Smorrebrod: Aamanns(they have a deli and a restaurant), Ida Davidsen
Pastries/Bakeries: Laura's Bakery, Andersen Bakery in Tivoli, Meyers Bageri(multiple locations), Lillebror, Conditori La Glace

I know Kodbyens Fiskebar is also popular with the tourists and locals alike for dinner but I found the dishes to be hit or miss.

Lastly, visitcopenhagen.com has spot on recs for different needs and occasions, including places to eat and restaurants open on Sundays!

May 15, 2015
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Copenhagen

Just came back from Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago. Geranium as great and is totally different from Noma. Kodbyens Fiskebar was fun but nothing to write home about. If you have time, I would recommend that you try Amass, especially if you can't get into Noma. Their style of cooking and taste is very Nomaesque at a fraction of the cost. One other place I enjoyed was the Norreport Salushall, which is their food market. Also for breakfast or lunch, try Lillebror. I really enjoyed the pastries they made their.

May 03, 2015
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Is ATWOOD a good choice?

I've been to Green Street Smoked Meats a couple of times and consider it as one of my top 5 in the area. The meats are moist, tender with all the smoky goodness that I love. Having said that, I have not had Texan BBQ before so I have no comparison whatsoever to that one. Also, be prepared to wait 45 min to 2 hrs especially on weekends. The best days to go according to the people who work there would be on Tuesday nights when the crowds are substantially thinner.

Apr 11, 2015
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Recent Copenhagen visit

Thanks for the review. I'll be headed to Copenhagen in a few weeks and appreciate the feedback.

Mar 31, 2015
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Lone Chef/Food Addict Exploring Chicago

You can also try Oak Mill Bakery for some Polish pastries, including paczkis. There's a smaller branch in Wicker Park by North and Damen.

Mar 24, 2015
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Noma Website Sharing Table Reservation Issue

Looks like the shared table option is back up now. Good luck with finding a seat!

Mar 23, 2015
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Grad Student on a Budget Restaurant advice in Chicago

It looks like OP is craving food he can't get in Madison, hence the choices veer more towards Asian.

1.Korean BBQ: San Soo Gab San. It's not all you can eat but they serve a tremendous amount of banchan to fill you up.
2. Dim Sum: For cart service: Three Happiness. However, most restaurants are ditching the carts as they tend to overcook the dimsum while they're steaming in the carts, hence the trend towards a menu based option. For ones with a menu on them, Cai or Ming Hin.
3. Ramen joint: Ramen Misoya or High Five Ramen(assuming you're willing to wait an hour on Saturday for noodles)
4. pho: Tank Noodle
5. Banh mi: Banh Mi Express. There are several locations within the city, mostly in the Lakeview area. This place also serves Pho, FYI. If you're in Lincoln Park, try hitting Del Seoul as well. They have a Korean take on Banh Mi that's delicious and cheap.
7. Filipino food: Isla Pilipina for general Filipino food. They don't have sisig or roasted chicken in their menu. For sisig, try Ma Mon Luk in Niles if you're willing to travel that far. You can also buy it in the Filipino stores but call ahead. Here's a list of them: Chicago(northwest side): Tatay's on Belmont and Central, 3R on Montrose and California. Ian Mae and Lisa & Rose are both in Glenview close to Ma Mon Luk if ever you pass by it. Andok's style chicken is harder to get. To me, the closest I can probably get to taste like it is a Costco roast chicken with a side of pickled papaya.
8. Brunch: M Henry in Andersonville
9. Anniversary dinner: how much are you willing to pay? If it's in the sub 100, I would highly recommend Boka. If you're willing to move it to lunch, Blackbird, Naha and Topolobampo have prix fixe for less than 30 per person. Otherewise, La Creperie or El Nuevo Mexicano in Lakeview might fit your bill as well.

Mar 07, 2015
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Seeking Great Brunch in North Suburbs

You can also try Omega Restaurant in Niles. They have several Greek diner type dishes in their breakfast menus.

Mar 04, 2015
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Green Papaya: Where can I find this hidden gem

Golden Pacific Store by Broadway and Foster carries shredded green papaya. I believe they sell them whole as well seasonally.

Feb 24, 2015
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Stockholm Report

Thanks for the reply. I might consider Frantzen then if my itinerary doesn't change. I'm still considering either London or Berlin besides Stockholm on top of my Copenhagen trip. The airfare from CPH is ridiculously cheap to those cities.

I also think Schwa is one of the better places here in Chicago, definitely the best value of all the fine dining places. I'm sure you'll love Goosefoot as well, it's like a very sophisticated sister version of Shoto, minus the counter service, and it's BYOB:). Just be prepared for at least a 3 hr dinner service. Because of their small kitchen, the pacing of their dinners is something I find wanting.

Feb 21, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

Thanks for the report. It's always nice to see another restaurant that's not frequently mentioned in these boards getting reviewed. I'll add it to my ever lengthening "to try" list for the year.

Feb 20, 2015
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Stockholm Report

I reread your post a couple of times just to make sure I didn't miss out your review on Frantzen, but I can't seem to find it. I would be curious to your thoughts on Frantzen. I'm planning a short trip to Stockholm in April and have probably just one splurge night available for the trip. But from the looks of your report, would it be safe to conclude that Esperanto was tops for you?

Feb 20, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I went to The Lobby over the weekend. Their restaurant week menu is totally different from their regular menu. Everything I had from the appetizer to dessert was monotonously sweet. I even ordered an item from their regular menu and it was also sweet. I kept taking a bite from the only thing that was great and perfectly salted: their bread. They served 2 types of it, ciabatta and bacon bread. Overall, I was disappointed that I came here but glad I didn't spend their usual expensive fare.

Feb 09, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I went to Baffo for lunch on snowy Superbowl Sunday. Amazingly, the place was packed except for one or two tables. I had some trepidations initially about going to this place as I had a very meh experience with their sister restaurant in NYC a few years back. For the first course, I had the carne crudo which was raw beef drizzled in olive oil and parmesan. My main course was their Trota, which was a seared trout filet with a layer of mashed potatoes and a layer of sweet and sour peppers. For dessert, I had their Cioccolato, a chocolate sponge cake with hazelnut gelato served on the side. Both the first and main courses were also found in their ala carte menu. Overall, I thought the price point was cheap and the food delicious enough that I would certainly make it a point to go visit them again, hopefully some time in the summer.

Feb 04, 2015
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Restaurant Week 2015

I just saw Ada St's menu. It's an interesting if somewhat morbid concept. If ever you do get to try it, please let us know how it was.

Jan 26, 2015
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