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6 Weeks left in Chicago - Where to go?

A new, not-to-be-missed place for you to try before you leave is Table 52. While it may be impossible for you to get a dinner reservation there, you can quite easily walk in for lunch or make a lunch reservation. Table 52 is the restaurant of Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. You'll love the complimentary goat cheese biscuits, house chicken dish and hummingbird cake.

Have you explored all the bbq places in Chicago? If not, try Smoque and Smoke Daddy, my personal favorites.

Another place I love that most people don't know about is Raw Bar, near Wrigley Field. They serve delicious Persian food and on most nights have great live music.

And, lastly, Chicago Pizza Oven and Grinder Company. You must go if you've never been. Pizza "pot pie" style...get it wheat-meat-mushrooms, and try the house salad and mediterranean flat bread.

May 22, 2008
msilverman in Chicago Area

Foodie needs recs on cocktails and brunch

I would definitely recommend The Violet Hour for both classic and inventive cocktails, in line with Pegu. The decor is beautiful, the lighting dim, and the cocktails delicious. It can get crowded and they often won't let a larger party sit at tables without purchasing carafes of cocktails.

Feb 26, 2008
msilverman in Chicago Area

1 night in chicago

Hmmm, near the Metro I might try Moxie for small plates and good drinks, or Mia Francesca for consistently delicious Italian. Also in the neighborhood is Uncommon Ground which used to be strictly a coffee shop but now has a quite developed dinner and drink menu. All are fairly affordable and good eats.

Feb 26, 2008
msilverman in Chicago Area

Romantic Anniversary Spot

Happy almost anniversary! I have a couple inexpensive yet romantic recommendations...

I love Rose Angelis for a low-key yet romantic meal in the city. It's in Lincoln Park near Racine and Wrightwood. It is delicious, eclectic Italian food and is reasonably priced. Must haves include the duck tortelloni, portobella ripiene con pollo and lasagna al forno. And, definitely try the fresh strawberries in chilled caramel for dessert. They probably won't take a reservation for two. But, you can either go early or wait across the street at Maeve over a drink and Rose Angelis will call when your table is ready. Note, it can get a bit loud but you'll excuse it because the food will be so good.

Also, consider Erwin, in Lakeview, especially if you can go on a Wednesday evening. They have a prix-fixe option on Wednesdays. For $25/person you can each choose any starter, entree and dessert. The food and service is impeccable and the wine varied and delicious. It is a much quieter environment than Rose Angelis. Good luck!

Feb 26, 2008
msilverman in Chicago Area