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First timer to Chicago in need of bday dinner recs

Thanks so much! I was considering North Pond originally, but it looked like it would be difficult to get there from my hotel. Do you recommend a cab ride or is public transportation a good option? Thanks again- I can't wait for my trip.

Oct 17, 2008
biabiggie in Chicago Area

First timer to Chicago in need of bday dinner recs

Hi. This will be our first time to Chicago. I am attending a conference Nov 4-7, which is also over my birthday. My husband and I are looking for a place to go to celebrate. We are staying at the Hard Rock hotel, so we would like something easily accessible to there (willing to take transportation or walk aways, just nothing in the suburbs). We like all kind of foods and are trying to find a place that is unique to Chicago, but with excellent food.

I have been reading the boards and have picked out some choices. Where would you recommend I go between these places-

Blackbird
one sixty blue (new chef?)
Aigre Doux
MK

Or any other places that I have overlooked?

Thanks in advance!

Oct 15, 2008
biabiggie in Chicago Area

Best Clams Casino in Baltimore?

Clams Casino is my grandmother's absolute favorite dish. So she is turning 84 this week, and we would love to give her a nice dinner at a place that serves this dish. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Ocean City/Fenwick Recommendations

My family is going to Fenwick Island for vacation this summer. We would like to plan one nice dinner out. We are looking for the following:

1) Great food (of course)- Fine dining but on the more casual side than fancy side
2) Kids welcome
3) Accomodate big groups (there will be ~20 of us)
4) Serves great clams casino (my grandmother's favorite)

We are willing to travel anywhere in the OC/Fenwick area, but bonus for closer to Fenwick. One place I was looking at online is Shark's Cove http://www.sharks-cove.com/. Has anyone been here? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much