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Concert trip

That is for all the guidance everyone! Our times ended up being thrown way off by the concert (due to weather it went until 2 a.m.). We did Bangers & Lace, it was fantastic. Nice server, some great malt vinegar soaked chips. I had the seafood sausage po' boy. Great aioli on it, very fresh.

Little Goat was great classic diner food. Great club sandwich here, traded half for half a BLT (the day's special). The thick bacon on the BLT was terrific. We are from North Carolina, and my wife gets shrimp and grits everywhere. She said the Little Goat version held up to her high standards.

Lou Malnattis was, well, you all probably know. Fresh sauce, great crust, and we had the pizza chips appetizer with basically a cup of pure minced roasted garlic. Top notch.

Our last night we did the Purple Pig. Well worth the 90 minute wait. We had never tried marrow before, but we are converts now! The pigs ear, pork shoulder and broccoli were also excellent. I'm understating how great this place was.

Jul 28, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Bongo Room or Yolk?

Looking for breakfast/brunch before the Shedd Aquarium on a Friday. Which one of these will be less crazy? Is it just going to be a long wait no matter what? Which has better food?

Jun 30, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

9:15 :)

Jun 09, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Thanks for all the recommendations everyone.

I think we are going to do Big Star and Emporium the first night, with maybe Millers or Monks for food after. Little Goat for brunch and pizza (Malnattis or Pizanos) before the show, with Toons or Rossi's after.

Southport Grocery for brunch on Saturday, expecting a wait. I just found out the other couple is leaving early on Saturday, so my wife and I get free reign Saturday night after probably spending the afternoon with the Pier or touristy stuff. Probably going to GT Fish that night.

Jun 09, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Any words on Caffe Oliva?

I guess my biggest concern lays here: what places do I need/want reservations for on Thursday and Saturday nights? I'm running into the age-old problem of wanting to stay casual, but not standing in the cattle call line.

Thanks for all the advice, btw. If nothing else, my Foursquare is loaded for quick reference. Lol

Jun 09, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Are there any good options in the Navy Pier area?

Jun 08, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

I see that now. Thanks.

Jun 08, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Miller's looks interesting. I like the idea for a good view at Plaza/Park. Is it easy on the dress code? I know a lot of rooftop bars can be higher-end or club-scene places.

Jun 07, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

I keep getting the two beercades mixed up, but we are going to the one that just added a large pinball area.

Bad Apple sounds really tasty, and Monk's is right in the wheelhouse of places I want. My biggest fear was talking up a place, then walking in to see lots of tie and jackets. Or a 2 hour wait.

Jun 07, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Thanks for the kind words. Part of my reason for keeping it simple is not knowing how far the other couple will "explore." I know they love Mongolian BBQ, but not sure where they go otherwise.

Everyone loves Mexican though, and I am a huge Greek fan and would be willing to stretch them there. Best recommendations?

Any ideas for drinking? I heard Rossi's might be the closest option we have, but once you hit the El it's about the same to most places, give or take, correct?

Jun 06, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

Also, we have three mornings and I know brunches are supposed to be stellar in the area. Jam? Little Goat? Others?

Jun 06, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Concert trip

My wife and I are coming to town next month for a concert at Wrigley Field. We have another couple coming with us, and they are pretty indifferent on food. They would probably go to mid- to upper-level chains on their own.

I want to put together a plan with Chicago-only places that are very laid back and low-key. On the day of the show, I am planning to go to Lou Malnottis before the show, and I've heard Toots Bar is good for post-show drinks. We want to go to Headquarters Beercade one night, but other than that, I am up in the air as far as which places would fit what we are looking for.

I've looked at the following places, any opinions on which might be overshooting my mark? Anything I am missing? Any bar recommendations would be great too.

Little Goat, Barn and Company, Three Aces, GT Fish and Oyster, Publican, Purple Pig, Big Star, Butcher and the Burger, Parson's.

We're staying at The Palmer House, so from what I can see, that area is not too great for the vibe I am looking for. I know we will have to use the El to get around

Jun 06, 2013
jmikes in Chicago Area

Founding Farmers tonight - recs?

Even if you don't get a response, I'd love to hear what you thought of it. I'm coming up in a couple of weeks and plan on going.

Cafe Atlantico Saturday Brunch

Thanks guys, sounds great. I knew the menus for the two were totally different, but sounds like it is going to a great time. Between there and Obelisk, I think we are going to have at least two outstanding meals.

Cafe Atlantico Saturday Brunch

I've seen a lot of praise for the Sunday CA brunch, but does anyone have experience with the Saturday brunch? We are leaving early Sunday, so that one is not an option for us. Is the Saturday brunch worth it?

Dress code and general thoughts

My wife and I are heading to D.C. in a couple of weeks to see a Caps game and generally unwind. The game is the first night and I was thinking about going to Matchbox beforehand. We typically wear our jerseys to the games, but can certainly pack them away while eating, but overall, is it a casual restaurant? All reviews I have read seem to say so.

I also wanted to get a dress code check on a few other places we are planning on checking out (I always feel awkward about clothing if I haven't seen the place myself):

Firefly
Cafe Atlantico
Hank's
Kinkeads
Pesce
Filomena
Obelisk

And Marcel's, which I expect to be formal, so I guess my question would be how formal? Blazer and khakis? More?

If you have opinions outside the dress code, they'd be appreciated as well :).

DC - One Night Only - What's THE Restaurant?

I'll piggyback here and check. I see that Minibar is recommended on here, how about the attached Cafe Atlantico, mainly the Sunday Dim Sum Brunch. Any thoughts?

I've also been looking at Corduroy. Any thoughts there? And how about the best cheap eats in town? I've been using the Washintonian guide, but I'd love to here from you guys.

looking for something that says DALLAS!

Coming from North Carolina, and staying downtown at the aLoft hotel, near the Convention Center. We are staying 5 nights, and Mexican would really be great. We can get Southern here, so looking for something different. We can eat the stuff ya'll call BBQ and enjoy it, we'll just have to call it something else :).

Dec 08, 2009
jmikes in Dallas - Fort Worth

looking for something that says DALLAS!

When my wife hears the words "Brisket Tacos" I am pretty sure this is where we have to go. Thanks!

Dec 07, 2009
jmikes in Dallas - Fort Worth

looking for something that says DALLAS!

Thanks for the tip on Lola's. I hadn't read that anywhere else, but there is a very good chance I just skipped over it.

I looked back, and I wasn't clear on my first post. On most nights, we are going to make the time to really enjoy our meals as part of the trip. But on one night, we are going to see the Stars, and we won't be in a situation to hit something more upscale. We hate the idea of being somewhere new and eating at a chain so I was checking to see if there was somewhere we could go in very casual attire before the game that would be unique to Dallas/Texas.

Dec 06, 2009
jmikes in Dallas - Fort Worth

looking for something that says DALLAS!

My wife and I are coming to Dallas in March. We have a few fine dining options we are looking at (mainly Lola's, Nonna and Craft, possibly one of Pyles' restaurants), but we want a night where we go somewhere casual that is just says Dallas. A nice steakhouse would be good, but anything else that better defines the area in a casual way would be great. Any ideas?

Dec 06, 2009
jmikes in Dallas - Fort Worth

One Meal in Asheville

Is Corner Kitchen still good? I had a meal there around 2 years ago and remember it going pretty well.

Sep 23, 2009
jmikes in Southeast

Charleston as a Resort Town and its Dress Code [split from South]

I would like to just mention too that my whole point of this thread was asking where I could go without looking out of place. It wasn't really an argument that anyone can wear anything all the time everywhere.

And another factor we have found this week is that the season matters as well. Most of the restaurants we have hit this week have been pretty slow overall, so it's not as large of a factor.

Jan 07, 2009
jmikes in Not About Food

Charleston as a Resort Town and its Dress Code [split from South]

DavidA, being in Charleston right now, I totally agree with you. I would say resort town is stretching things, and it is a place where everyday people greatly outnumber tourists, and it should be treated that way. We do our best to stay out of the way, hopefully that shows. And there are some nights when a great meal deserves the effort of a fantastic outfit. We were just looking for a compromise on this trip since we are relaxing and taking our first trip away while our daughter stays with my wife's folks. :)

Tennreb, I don't know if you meant that we were off with the restaurants we were wanting to go to were out of our dress code, but we have felt comfortable in all of the settings. We realized that going for the CG or McCrady's was just not an option for us this time around. A lot of the time, I am more of the opinion that your actions display respect much more than your attire. I have been in some fantastic restaurants complying with stricter dress codes and have seen some appalling behavior from the best-dressed guests. In that same vein, small children can behave very well if raised properly. That said, I totally realize that I brought all this on by asking for opinions.

So far, we really enjoyed dining at Blossom, Hank's and SNOB, with Hank's easily being the highlight. I could have eaten the Oyster Stew for app., main and dessert. It was outstanding. The scallops were great as well, placed on top of a perfect roasted garlic-lemon emulsion. My wife has their seared tuna with goat cheese and she was in love. We are booked for FIG tonight, but Hank's was so great that I think we are going to just do a return visit.

Jan 07, 2009
jmikes in Not About Food

Heading to Charleston this week

I'd heard good things about McCrady's but figured it was a little dressier than our normal fare. Was I overestimating? Blossoms and La Forchette both looked interesting on their sites. Right in our league. Thanks for the tips. Any others out there, please add some more :)

Jan 04, 2009
jmikes in General South Archive

Heading to Charleston this week

My wife and I are driving down to Charleston from North Carolina this week and I was looking for some food tips. We are staying at the French Quarter, but we are decidedly not fancy folks. Are there any restaurants that would be recommended in what I guess would be called a "medium" range? FIG, Charleston Grill, etc.. sound very nice, but on vacation my wife and I like to stick to jeans and polo shirts mainly. Any tips where we could find good food without sticking out like sore thumbs?

Jan 04, 2009
jmikes in General South Archive

Cucina 24 (Asheville) - join the fan club

What is the atmosphere in the restaurant? Jeans? Button-down? Anything goes? Just wondering what to pack when my wife and I head up there.

Sep 20, 2008
jmikes in General South Archive