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Where to go/eat in Chicago?

ditto for nxstasy below. I would also add Taco Joint to the list of good Mexican. I prefer barcito for Tapas. Bavette is a new favorite.

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Portland and Beaches for 1 Week in July - Where to go

This is so helpful. All of you are. Thanks so much!

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Northern New England

Portland and Beaches for 1 Week in July - Where to go

I like this idea. We really have only 6 nights, so maybe 5 in Portland and just overnight in Rockland. Do you know which Inn might be best from the historicinn page? Will definitely try your two recs. thanks!

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Northern New England

Portland and Beaches for 1 Week in July - Where to go

This is good to know, perhaps we'll stick to Portland and Midcoast.

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Northern New England

8 nites with wife in Chicago may 22-30

These are all great suggestions - I concur - so to speak. I would also add 'Au Cheval' and Bavettes, http://bavetteschicago.com/, both downtown or close to it

And neighborhood gems, I would add Hopleaf, Taco Joint and the recently opened "Takito" the latter of which is in the bustling neighborhood area of Division street.

Definitely, try to walk some of the better Restaurant rows, such as Division Street (Wicker Park) and Radolph Street.

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Portland and Beaches for 1 Week in July - Where to go

Hi, we are heading to Portland for one week with our main goal to try out great food, lobster shacks, and beachy/island towns. It's a lot, I know, but we've never been to Maine and want to see Portand mainly but also take day trips or overnight trips to perhaps Kennebunkport and north, not drivivng more than an hour or two. My question is how to divide up our trip - do we do 2-3 nights Portland, with 1 night or day trip to Kennebunkport, and 1-2 nights in northern town, perhaps Rockland? Criteria is to try out local foods, especially seafood, and see the surrounding areas to Portland. As for restaurants, I have read all the posts and have some idea for Portland, none for any northern beach towns, other than lobster shacks and perhaps a stay at Nebo Lodge and for Kennebunkport, maybe Local 50 or any other suggestions. We are looking for very local specialty cuisine, we live in Chicago and have access to lots of different food, but not seafood. Also, any thoughts on Gather in Yartmouth. And top place for Clambake or Lobster. This is a lot,I know, but it's hard to know where to start or how to narrow down our plan so as it get a great feel for the area, without wearing ourselves out. Thanks in advance.

May 01, 2013
chefcoo in Northern New England

Seems to be all y'all get, but....Rec's in December?

Tavernita and Barcito next door are also great for tapas (Barcito more tapas, Tavernita large and small plates. You can wear jeans almost anywhere in Chicago. It's more fashionable than hick to do so as long as said jeans aren't Dad or Mom jeans.

Oct 17, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Best Restaurant in Chicago for Foodie Weekend?

Of the ones you list, I vote for the Purple Pig, The Publican and Longman and Eagle. If you go to Longman and Eagle which is my new favorite, make sure to order the meatballs, which are not to be believed. And make sure you get the Beets and Goat cheese at the Purple Pig, but your server will probably tell you that. Not a fan of Fronterra. Taco Joint in Lincoln Park is great. And I love Pizanoa, with Lou Malnatis a close second. North Pond does have a lovely atmosphere - make sure you leave time to stop at the bar, which is so rustic and timeless. I also love Perennial Virant and if you go there, be sure to go next door to the rooftop bar (Parker) for not just the view but the appetizers are just awesome.

Oct 17, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Special Occation dinner - Chicago

We did stay at Trump and did dine at Sixteen and I wanted to share our experiences. The service was great at Sixteen but we weren't that impressed with the food or the wine pairings. The main course, which was fish, was slightly overcooked and the sauce the poured into it at the table was lukewarm. Everything was just OK, but the view and the service were just excellent. Service was also good at Trump, but the person who answers the phone when you call was not a native English speaker and I found it difficult to understand her and be understood. All and all Trump was a good experience in many ways, but not the over the top special experience for which we had hoped. If anyone reads this, who is looking for that special experience, I would not recommend either of these places. We also dined at number of more casual places, so I'll comment on those. Purple pig, as always was excellent. We'd never tried Tavernita and it was great - service, food, ambiance, the whole package like the Purple pig. We weren't so impressed with GT Fish and Oyster, which was just OK with food and service. We tried Fronterra grill for lunch and everything we ate was dried out and lukewarm (except the meat itself) - the server said that was how Rick likes to service it but I think he did not mean that dry or that old (we ate at 2 p.m.). That said, our margaritas were excellent and most of the service was very good.

Sep 03, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Special Occation dinner - Chicago

Hello,
We live in Chicago but are staying downtown for a few nights to celebrate a special milestone birthday. Normally we go to a trendy small plate type restaurant that are busy and loud, but has great food (think Purple big, Tavernita), but want more quiet and refinement.

We want this one to be in the fine dine class and know the names of such places but not really which one would be worth it. We are thinking maybe Sixteen, have ruled out Everest because its rather old and we want more the latest, greatest. Impressed by the view at Sixteen and the chef's pedigree as protege of Joel Robuchon.

Are we going down the right path? What would be worth it? don't want to do Alinea becuase we'd like to stay downtown and don't want to deal with the whole ticket thing)

If you've been to sixteen, is the one of tasting menus the way to go? Which one? How about the wine pairing?

As an aside, we are deciding on which luxury hotel to stay at - Trump, Waldolf Astoria?

Thanks for any insignts!

Aug 22, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Portland Wine

We finished our trip and I wanted comment on our findings. We liked best the Dayton area for vineyards, including Vista Hills, White Rose, Archery Summit .. there are 5-6 near each other. As for restaurants in the wine region, we liked Community Plate, Recipe, Nick's and Bistro Dundee. Did not care for Thistle as much. In Portland, we particulary NW Provisions and Meat, Cheese, Bread, as well as the wine bar next to it. Thanks for all the tips. it helped us get started.

May 24, 2012
chefcoo in Metro Portland

Please critique my list

Antica Pizza in Andersonville has great thin-crust pizza - the chef is Sicilian. Also if you go, the Octopus appetizer is outstanding as is their version of carpaccio. It's BYOB so stop at In Fine Spirits, also in Andresonville to pick up wine. If you go this far, don't miss HopLeaf - and of course get the mussels there. We recently went to Pizza Bianco's in Phoenix and didn't think it had anything on Antica.

May 24, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

1st time in Chicago-Picky Eaters-Dinner Suggestions Please

Yes, I meant La Madia. Sorry for the error

May 24, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

1st time Chicago - Loop and Near North - foodie input requested

I also love Revolution Brewery in the Logan Square area, epecially for Burgers and of course, beer (flights if you want). PIzano in my view does have the best deep dish pizza in Chicago if you want to try that kind of thing.

May 24, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

1st time in Chicago-Picky Eaters-Dinner Suggestions Please

Also Avec is great if you're going to Randolph St. (near Publican). Also Perrenial Virant is very nice and not as noisy and boisterous as the others. It's a short cab away from downtown in Lincoln Park. Don't miss the Purple Pig, but come at an odd time - same with Avec. Quartino is OK. Also good in the downtown area is A Mado - it's kind of a wood-fire Pizza place, but they also have pastas and main courses. The best thing they do are salads and pizza and a good wine list. Cool vibe as well.

May 24, 2012
chefcoo in Chicago Area

Portland Wine

We are very early in our research for our May trip to Portland for 10 days, but one of our goals to to try out the local wines. I realize that all reaturants probably carry Willamette valley wines, but looking for good picks to try good range of local wines. Also any restaurants in the nearby wine country is appreciated. We don't know yet what areas of the wine region to visit and are open to suggestions

Mar 09, 2012
chefcoo in Metro Portland

Anyone heard of Resto in Lisbon

We are going to Portugal on Friday and someone that lives there recommended Resto Restaurant in LIsbon for breathtaking view and awesome food, but we haven't found anything on the Internet and want to make sure we should go there. We generally do like smaller local places but wonder it this place is worth our time for the view and food.

We are only there for two days and want to make the most of it.

We love great food, wine, local cuisine, have lived all over the world and that's what we like.

Apr 25, 2009
chefcoo in Spain/Portugal