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Best french bistro (Bistro Campagne? Bistrot Margot?Chez Simo Bistro?)

Nsxtasy pretty much nails it. Le Bouchon. I think that it has more of a "bistro" look and feel to it. There is, however, one very important distinction between Le Bouchon and La Sardine. The Chocolate Souffle. They serve it only at La Sardine. It is the finest in the city. Eating it, you will feel like you have died and gone to souffle heaven.

Apr 15, 2014
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Siena Tavern or Cicchetti

We just ate there last night. It was our fourth time. I am always impressed with how professional and knowledgeable the staff is. The food, as always, is delicious. Fabio was in the house so we got to say hi. We really like this place. Have not been to Cicchetti.

Mar 15, 2014
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Henry's Hamburgers Anyone?

Cedar Rapids, Iowa but I don't remember it being a drive-in.

Mar 07, 2014
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B'fast near Hotel Chicago

Used to be Hotel Sax but am looking for breakfast near the hotel. Would like to stay away from overpriced hotel breakfasts but if that is all there is, What's best? Thanks.

Feb 17, 2014
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Where to buy Duck Fat

Call Publican Quality Meats.

Nov 27, 2013
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Italian Beef Sandwich--Where do you go for your favorite?

The best isn't actually in Chicago but in very nearby Elmwood Park on North Ave. Johnnie's Beef. The fries are great. If you want some sausage with your beef, get a combo and don't forget to order either juicy.

Nov 22, 2013
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Suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner near northnorthwest suburbs

I second this. It will be our third year in a row going here. I guess you could say we like it. It will be packed. Get your reservation now!

Nov 12, 2013
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Emergency BREAKFAST help needed!!

Need a spot near O'Hare to meet friends before their flight tomorrow. Not an IHOP or a place with much of a wait. Thanks!

Nov 02, 2013
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Any foodies want to share a table at Alinea in Decemeber?

My wife and I would be happy to join you....if you're buying :)

I hope you find someone(s)

Oct 19, 2013
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Gluten-free deep dish...does this exist? Other GF options?

We took my Sister-in-Law to Hub 51 and she loved it. Give their menu a look, there was a lot of GF food there.

Oct 03, 2013
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Pig's Ear or Chophouse?? [Dublin]

We'll be in Dublin in two weeks. Which would you choose and why?

Sep 30, 2013
hoppy2468 in U.K./Ireland

Killarney for 4 nights next month

Chapter Forty is now Chapter Thirteen.

Sep 22, 2013
hoppy2468 in U.K./Ireland

Killarney dinner

Just need a few restaurant options to choose from as we'll only be there one night. Mid-range in price, native cuisine. A good nearby pub for an after dinner pint would be great too!

Sep 19, 2013
hoppy2468 in U.K./Ireland

Seafood/fish: Catch 35 and Shaw's

I'm not sure what you mean by "grungy" or "shabby" as such restaurants would probably be shut down for health code violations but if you want old and or authentic perhaps you should dine at Calumet Fisheries. Great atmosphere and nothing beats eating in your car or on the hood. Also, Troha's Chicken and Shrimp is also excellent. Newer but also great places would include New England Seafood Company and also Big and Little's. By the way, "Lettuce" restaurants have great reputations. Perhaps you've heard of Everest or Tru?

Aug 21, 2013
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Anniversary Dinner in October?

Go with North Pond. Our anniversary is in Oct. as well and we've gone there several times over the years to celebrate. It's a wonderful place to eat and the setting is just perfect. The weather's getting cooler, the leaves are changing color and it's dark enough that you can enjoy the view of downtown as you stroll the short distance(the cab lets you out and it's a two minute walk into the park)to the restaurant.
Stay at the Dana Hotel. Ten minute cab ride.
Reserve now. Call. Ask to be seated in the front room. Tell them it's your annv. I like to "dress up" for occasions as well and no one there will mind. In fact, I feel that you get better service that way than the guy in a seed cap and jeans( an example only. No one will be dressed like that there). The last time we went service was excellent but it's been two years. I wouldn't worry though, if there were service issues, word would get out. Of the four restaurants listed, I think N.P. will be the quietest but certainly not quiet like Alinea or so. On the other hand, Blackbird can be very loud.
North Pond is an excellent choice. You'll enjoy the Dana as well.

Jul 11, 2013
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Trip Report - 7/3 - 7/9

Nice review. Fyi, it's Glazed and Infused.

Jul 10, 2013
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no reservations?

ASAP. GATG only reserves 3 months in advance on Open Table BUT...you can call them and get a res further out than 3 months.

Most places only take reservations 3 months out and if the restaurant is hot, don't wait a day past that mark to reserve. That said, always call if you can't get a table from Open Table.

Jun 06, 2013
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The Gage

Love it. Lively atmosphere, great food, can be crowded but you should be ok since you will be going early. Make a reservation. If you prefer something calmer than a gastropub, try next door at Henri...also owned by the Gage people.

Jun 06, 2013
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Memorial Day Weekend Report

Great report! Can I be your friend?

May 29, 2013
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Last Minute Trip to Chicago This Weekend - Are There Any Must Try Dishes I'm Missing?

Single, bacon, egg. The Little Three Happiness board. Not saying it was a bad burger by any means, I just thought there was too much salt.

Apr 25, 2013
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Last Minute Trip to Chicago This Weekend - Are There Any Must Try Dishes I'm Missing?

A word of caution...Au Cheval. Just two weeks ago I had the burger and this was my reaction. 1st bite...hmmm nicely salted. 6th bite....this is a lot of salt. Last 1/2 of burger...I can't feel my tounge. If your friend thinks GAGT oversalted their food, just wait. I see a lot of comments about AC overusing the salt shaker. Just sayin'. I imagine it helps them sell more beer!

Apr 25, 2013
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Menu Standouts? - Little Goat, Balena, The Gage

The Gage: Scotch Egg, Poutine, Mussels Vindaloo, Antelope Tartare, Saddle of Elk.

Apr 02, 2013
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L2O vs Tru vs Spiaggia- Birthday Dinner

Spiaggia is doing a pasta degustation right now. Check their website for the menu. It is for a limited time. Six courses $95. We're going next weekend. They also have a matching wine pairing $55 or cocktails $45 and several courses have truffle upgrades $20

Mar 17, 2013
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First Chicago Trip!

For Tuesday while in Oak Park, head over to Elmwood Park and Johnnie's on North Ave. for the best Italian Beef in Chicagoland. It's about a five minute trip by car and remember to order it "juicy".

Mar 08, 2013
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St. Patrick's Day Brunch?

Where to go? Really want to eat, drink some Bloody Mary's and get out before the professional drinkers get started. Wouldn't mind some music or would that be asking too much? How early too?

Mar 02, 2013
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Seattle Style encased meat sandwich

Aybody know where I can get a Seattle Style hot dog or sausage?

Feb 20, 2013
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Baconfest

...and I ate a good part of that!

Feb 14, 2013
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Baconfest

I went last year. It was horrible. The participating restaurants all served food with bacon. Nothing but bacon. Bacon everywhere. Even bacon cocktails! Who knew there would be nothing but bacon at Baconfest? Disgusting! A total waste of money. Don't go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But if you do decide to buy tickets, you had better let me get mine first.

Feb 13, 2013
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Best Steakhouse in Chicago

What about Benny's? We've been to a lot of the steak palaces in town but not there. We want to go someplace we haven't been before.

Feb 05, 2013
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South Loop - Farm to Table or Gastro Pub - no beef pls.

Does Publican have a bar area? If I go as a solo diner, am I seated at one of the communal tables?

Jan 10, 2013
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