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Steaks, cheap and good

I'm with the Tango Sur supporters - it's excellent beef (both North American and Argentine), BYOB, good service...the only possible negative is parking - it's a B**** in that 'hood; the lot in the school across the street was closed during my last visit.

Apr 03, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Knife Sharpening - Avoid Sur La Table

Can't speak to SLT's virtues/vices but can attest to the performance at NW Cutlery. In addition to quality knife sharpening and knife selection they have "industrial" cooking supplies at good prices.

Apr 03, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Good chinese on the north side?

Silver's Seafood, Broadway just north of Lawrence, is excellent - not easy on the eye, but great food, including fish, meat and veggie.

Mar 01, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Good eats near Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E Grand

I don't like Osteria - I think Quartino, which is across the street, has much better food.

Mar 01, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Money No Object

There is no question Spiaggia is the best Italian restaurant in the city. Other top restaurants are Everest and Les Nomades. I don't like Trotter's; Alinea is a diffrent game - small plates, unusual food; high quality.

Mar 01, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Good eats near Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E Grand

There's a fairly good Chinese restaurant, reasonably priced, called Szechwan Restaurant, 625 N Michigan Ave (enter on Ontario St), 312.642.3900. There are better Chinese restaurants elsewhere in the city but they're too far to walk. Good sushi and tempura at Oysy, 50 E Grand Ave, 312.670.6750. Can't help with Greek. Best mid-range Italian (main courses $18-$24) is Cafe Spiaggia, 980 N Michigan Ave, 312.280.2755. Mexican: you can walk to the famous Frontera Grill, but the wait can be lengthy.

Feb 27, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Top 3 Hot Dogs

I can only recommend HOT DOUG'S as it's the only place I go. On Fridays & Saturdays they offer French fries cooked in duck fat. (They are closed until Monday 5 March for a holiday.) Their specials are on their website. It's terrific!

Feb 27, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Business Dinner Downtown?

I think Tru would be a big mistake - at that price point I'd go to Everest (a taxi ride) or, as mentioned, Les Nomades.

Feb 26, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Favorite Mexican Restaurant?/ Frontera Grill

Adobo Grill and Salpicon, both on North Wells Street, are also very good.

Feb 26, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Business Dinner Downtown?

I agree - Les Nomades is charming, good and a quiet place where you should be able to conduct business. It's near your hotel. Also, Cafe Spiaggia.

Feb 26, 2007
Francophile in Chicago Area

Anybody been to Taillevent recently?

I go to Taillevent at least once a year; my last visit was in November. Taillevent is consistently the greatest dining experience I have ever enjoyed. The loss of a Michelin star is unfortunate and, in my opinion, undeserved. The ambience, food, service and wines are unrivaled. Their wines often cost less than at other restaurants. It is THE BEST!

Feb 26, 2007
Francophile in France