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Anyone have an idea for dinner near the United Center?

Try Westend. It's around Racine and Madison down the street from the UC. It's bar food done pretty well with some nice seafood selections on their special card from time to time. they also have a free shuttle to the UC for events. Call ahead to make sure.

Jul 02, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area

Dinner Before the Blue Man Group?

What kind of cuisine?

Mar 27, 2008
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mexican with a perfect margarita

That's cool news. I will be checking out both this weekend. Does Maiz have any seafood on the menu?

Mar 27, 2008
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mexican with a perfect margarita

Thanks and FYI the old Platiyo is going to be Shochu, a japanese inspired place from the folks at Deleece.

Mar 25, 2008
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mexican with a perfect margarita

hey guys i'm looking for a quick rec on a good mexican place with stellar margaritas for tonight. i live near Belmont and Ashland and am a huge fan of Agave's mararitas and cuisine but want something a little less pricey within a couple mile of me.

Mar 25, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area

Natalino's Chicago Ave

Also posted on LTH

We started off with sauteed squid and peppers. The squid was cut pretty
thick which I am usually not a fan of but this was perfectly cooked and
tender. It was swimming in a great garlic jus. Second app was a simple
eggplant rolled with ricotta on a perfect and I mean perfect tomato
sauce. There were a few more apps I wanted to try like the polenta and
sausage but didn't get a chance. J had mushroom veal risotto with
white truffle. This was good but I'm not a fan of meat chunks in
risotto. I prefer veggie risotto. I had the 8 finger cavatelli. Perfectly cooked with a vodka
sauce. J had a volkswagon sized chunk of tiramisu to herself to wrap
up the tour. I had the house barolo she had a pomegranate martini. There
were like 10 other things on the menu I wanted to try. I will be going
back many times. This is one of my new favorites. 85 bucks plus tip

**I know I used "perfect" a few too many times but the whole experience was quite.......perfect.


Mar 21, 2008
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Best Brunch/Lunch on Southport

We had Joey's last week for the second time. Actually we gave it a second chance. It was the same as the first. Everything we had was marginal at best, inedible at worst and the service was matching the food. I will not be going back.

Mar 21, 2008
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Takashi and Alinea

Just out of curiosity. I've been planning on trying Alinea. I'm wondering what the dinner with wine pairing cost.

Mar 18, 2008
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Best Brunch/Lunch on Southport

Coobah! for the alcohol friendly. great latin options paired with perfectly prepared cocktails.

Mar 14, 2008
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If you called and left a message they will eventually get back to you. If you're looking for a specific date I'd try agin (if you didn't leave the date on your original). It took me a couple weeks to get through. They are booked for march so when they start planning for april i'm sure they'll open the lines again.

Mar 11, 2008
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It took about three hours. there was a set menu of nine courses. a lady behind us asked if she could chose, she didn't want the whole menu. The guys are very accomodating and said "I guess we can do that" but I think were a little pissed. Each course is no more than say 5 bites. I was a tad hungry when we left and wanted to stop by pasadita but my idea was vetoed.

Mar 11, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area

pre-concert dinner near Old Town School of Folk Music

I truly believe the most taleented kitchen is at Fiddlehead Cafe on the northwest corner of Wilson and Lawrence. They brought in a new chef a couple months ago and the food has been phenominal and extremly creative. His vegitarian options are great and he always includes a couple on each weekend specail.

Mar 09, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area


So last night was the first outing to Schwa. We poked our head in the door around 5:45 because I wanted to check if our reservation was at 6 or 6:30. They were awesomely accomodating and said just come in and you guys can sit. We brought a really good amount of booze. We had a Gruener, Pinot Noir, 2 Rieslings a Chianti and 2 Fat Tires. We also brought a 40 of Miller for da boyz in the kitchen. We followed Michaels recommendations for the wines as he was tasting what we brought and pouring for us what he thought would be the best for each course. I loved that!

Amuse of grapefruit cells with honey sorbet,chamomile agar and black truffle shaving served on an ice cube. the flavor combination was perfect and a great light start to the night. - Gruener (perfect. one of my favorites)

Jonah Crab
bananas, celery, coriander
*Pickled Jonah crab chunks with what they called liquid banana, a slice of dehydrated banana, batons of celery, celery root and a celery root puree. The liquid banana was a cruton about 3/4 inch square that disolved once I put in in my mouth. Remember Tidal Wave Gum when you were a kid?-Gruener

Beer Cheese Soup
Chimay, Pretzel
*This was a favorite of everone else at the table. An espresso shot of a really nice dark rich and salty beer chees soup. They use a Chimay washed cheese for the soup and it comes with a dehydrated mustard chip. the combinations worked perfectly I only wish the pretzel was a tad larger.-Fat Tire

Pad Thai
*Michael came by and said "and here we have jellyfish with pad thai flavors" a nod then walked off. It got a laugh out of the table. This was great. It was one of the things I was really looking forward to trying and was fantastic. I found myself scooping the remaining sauce off of Dave and Jaime's bowls. - Pinot

Pine Cone (off Menu)
*A marble of Sea Urchin Ice Cream on a cone of pine essence. Not much to say on this one. I thought the flavors were ok but nothing phenominal. Andrea was not a fan of this at all.

Arctic Char Roe
pumpernickel, lemon, rutabaga
*this one I didn't like at all. I thought the pumpernickel was way too strong and dominated everything else on the plate. -Riesling 1

Kona Kampachi
galangal, lime, maple
*Holy shit was this a perfect dish! A few pieces of seared Kampachi, Lime Gelee, a galangal crisp (he told me how they made this but we were well into our liquor at this time and memory is starting to fail me) and Maple something. Salsify batons and spicy Diakon disks garnished. This was my favorite of the night. One of the best things I've ever eaten. -Reisling 2

Liver & Onions
*A half dollar sized disk of Calfs Liver on top of onion Risotto. The liver melted like foie. I really miss foie Painted dill lquid something was on the side with tiny cubes of Bay Leaf Gelee. -Pinot

butternut, White Chocolate
*sous vide Loin and braised leg butternut squash white chocolate foam. Another huge winner in my book. The combinations worked perfectly wtih the pinot that he chose for us. -Chianti

*A small wedge of Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese cake with truffled ash layers and a graham cracker crust. I wasn't too kean on this one and I really didn't hear about the others. -Riesling 2

Desert was a blur.

The chefs were great. Very helpful, accomodating and very approachable and laid back. We drank alot and at the end, after 5 BOTTLES of wine and 2 fat tires Michael asked us if we wanted some more beer. He brought out a couple bottles of the new 3 floyd's and that was it for this kid. We also were asking about the chimay washed cheese and he brought out a couple chunks for the table to sample.

He said he'll be changing the menu in a few weeks for spring. The beer cheese soup is going. I'll be there again in spring. The experience was awesome and I can't wait to go back. We will not be drinking as much next time I promise.

Mar 08, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area


Hey fist timer here. I've been on LTH for a while. Anyway, we were lucky to get a reservation at Schwa this week and want some feedback as far as the experience. Let me know any thoughts from people who've been. I'm looking for info on wines to bring, dress code (I've seen pics where jeans and a sweater are ok) and any other tips or suggestions. I read a recent post on another site to BYO wine glasses. this was something I was totally unaware of. Any other tips would be appreciated and please don't reply with "Go with an open mind and have fun."

Mar 05, 2008
CGC in Chicago Area