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Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

My vegetarian friend is addicted to falafel at Taim: http://www.taimfalafel.com/ in the West Village. Might be a fun stop for your 6 year-old too.

Dec 15, 2014
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Rome itinerary for anniversary trip

I know this is an old post but I think that you may be referring to GiNa?

Dec 07, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

We did the Green City market in Lincoln Park. I wish we had our own kitchen in which to cook as the fruit and veggies looked amazing. Nice market!

Sep 10, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Hi all,

Just wanted to report back on our trip to Chicago. We LOVE Chicago. In general, we found the food fabulous and the people so friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back and try some new places!

We LOVED:

Dinner at Bavette's. My husband and I shared what was probably the best filet I have ever had. Hands down - delicious. The room is sexy and low-key (and we were with our 2 kids) and the service was outstanding. I also loved the Whiskey Sour (my fav cocktail). All-in-all a total winner from beginning to end.

Dinner at Summer House. My daughter and I went here by ourselves and my daughter declared it her favourite of the trip. We had salads which were both top-notch and the brussel spout dish was amazing. We took out cookies from the front bakery - my daughter loved the cinnamon + butterscotch one - a little too cloyingly sweet for me though. The service was terrific (thank you Mason). Lots of well-dressed families here (hey it's in Lincoln Park). I would recommend this place as a great option for lunch as well.

Lunch at The Gage. Great service, nice booth for our family and the sandwiches were delicious. Lots of business lunches going on and we were sweaty from our Segway tour but got great treatment anyways.

Lunch at Quartino. GREAT lunch special. Affordable terrific wines by the quarter litre and half litre....what more can I say. The plain ol' cavatelli won me over!

We (or I) LIKED:

Dinner at Frontera Grill. I enjoyed the food at Frontera Grill but I was alone in my opinion. My daughter thought that the flavours were too much (I adored everything I ate) and my husband had the "bad" seat at the table and kept getting bumped by every person passing by. The service was efficient - but cold and brusque. The room is nothing special. I loved the food though. If they do take-out I would be game on my next visit to Chicago but would never eat in the dining room again.

Dinner at Piccolo Sogno. At first we were seating inside (after having made a reservation months before requesting the patio) and then were moved to a great spot in a corner in the lovely patio after asking again...and nicely of course. Service was absent-minded but friendly, and the best thing that we ate was the paglia e fieno pasta but really all of the food was well-prepared and delicious.

What we didn't like...

Nothing.

(We also enjoyed the crepes for breakfast at the Lincoln Park farmer's market on the Saturday morning. I picked up a black garlic paste that I am going to use at home as well.)

Thanks to all of the Chowhounders that helped us make this trip a total foodie success.

Sep 07, 2014
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Patio Dining

Caren's Wine Bar in Yorkville. A hidden oasis. Great food - especially the burger with stilton.

Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Thanks again nxstasy. Quartino is located close to our hotel and looks great for their $25 for 2 people lunch, as well as late night snacks.

Jun 11, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Thank you Sunda looks awesome! If we decide on tacos, we might go to Big Star on our last day for lunch before the airport.

Jun 11, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

We decided to book our dinners in advance, and leave the lunches to be determined based on where we are in the city when we get hungry and breakfasts will be on the go most days (ie, coffee and bagel or fruit from somewhere close to hotel).
For dinner I booked Frontera Grill, Little Goat, Piccolo Sogno and Summer House (the latter just for my daughter and myself as the rest will be at a baseball game). I booked Sable for the Sunday brunch.

We will be at the Navy Pier show one night which will probably let out around 9 pm.

Any ideas near Navy Pier for late night snack/small plates that would be okay to visit with kids?

Also are there any great sushi places for lunch near Mag Mile shopping, River North area (hotel) or Museum Campus?

Thanks for all of your help. I am getting very excited for our visit.

Jun 11, 2014
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Chicago Memorial Day Weekend

Yusho is currently on Travelzoo for an $85 seven-course tasting menu if you are interested:
http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/...

May 14, 2014
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Farmhouse Tavern

FYI I never reported back. We had good service and I loved the casual atmosphere but the Cote de Boeuf was a huge fatty mess. The beef-ier portions were perfectly cooked but a 1:4.5 beef to fat ratio. Yuck. We were hungry afterwards:(

SideDoor

Looks interesting: http://sidedoorchicago.com/#home. Love meaty + comfort food done right! Anyone been?

May 05, 2014
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Carciofi Alla Giudia

That is the only place that I have seen Roman Jewish cuisine as well. Wonder if there are any others....it's NYC so there MUST be:)

Apr 26, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Laughing - "landlocked tilapia land"! Thanks for the input.

Apr 23, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

One more question (at least for now):
My son loves fried fish tacos. He has been spoiled with some of the best at Tacofino in BC! If we are going to spend an afternoon wandering around the Lincoln Park area (zoo and environs), would you suggest Taco Joint or Del Seoul or somewhere different?
(Also closer to our hotel I noticed another Taco Joint location and Mercadito.)

Apr 23, 2014
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NOTL & area restaurants

We had a great lunch in early December at Ravine Vineyards and I remember looking out and thinking how awesome summer al fresco dining on their patio must be.
http://www.ravinevineyard.com/

Anthony Rose New Restaurant - Fat Pasha

Anyone been yet?

Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Perfect! Thanks.

Apr 20, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

We also love Med cooking and I just checked Naha's menus. Too pricey for us at dinner but lunch is looking good:)

Apr 20, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Should have mentioned that North Pond does sound awesome but we will be exploring that area on the Saturday, and their Sunday brunch options wouldn't be great for the kids. Do they do a la carte at brunch as well? I couldn't find it on the site.

Apr 20, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Thanks to everyone for the great replies so far.

Bavettes' and David Burke's menus both look fantastic for us - better than any of the others that I mentioned. Thanks - now will have to decide between these two - if Bavettes had a good bouillabaisse it would be a simpler decision:)

And not that we are bringing our own wine, but Bavettes corkage is great. From their website:
" 3.) Instead of charging a corkage fee, guests are required to share one full glass of wine per bottle with someone else in the restaurant. The recipient of the glass can be of the guest's choosing or of the server's choosing, but it may not be gifted to a member of our staff.

4.) The glass of wine must be given away as soon as the bottle is opened."

I have decided to do Sable for the Sunday brunch instead of dinner. The brunch menu looks great and we love to share - I will probably partake in one of their terrific sounding cocktails too.

Are there any standouts for veg cuisine in Lincoln Park area?

Thanks again - you Chicago people know your stuff!

Apr 20, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

The French Market is on the list - thanks. I was thinking of hitting up Pastoral neal Millenium Park and getting a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park, weather permitting.

Apr 19, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Thanks for this great info!

Apr 19, 2014
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Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Hi all,
I have been following a few threads here with great interest.
We will be travelling to Chicago this summer for our son's birthday celebration and spending 6 days. It will be our first visit.

My daughter (16) is limited in that she does not eat red meat, shellfish or most fish in general (she will have salmon very rarely). She does well with chicken, pastas, vegetarian dishes and salads. This is why we do very well at Italian restaurants in general.

Through these most recent posts, I have created a list of places that interest me as follows:

Mindy's Hot Chocolate;
Sable;
Little Goat;
Portillo's;
Stella Barra;
Anteprima or Azzurra (anyone have feedback about the latter?);
Frontera Grill;
Beatrix (for daughter);
Jam;
Pastoral (for picnic-in-the-park sandwiches);
Park Grill;
Balena;
Piccolo Sogno.

I have a few questions:

1. Is there a dud on my list or a must-do, in your opinion?
2. The birthday boy loves a good bouillabaisse or zuppa de pesce - any good ideas for this?
3. He also loves basic sushi - spicy salmon rolls, spider rolls, etc. Any good place for mainstream sushi downtown?
4. I am overwhelmed with Sunday brunch options - are there some places that accept reservations that are awesome?
5. We would like to find a great steakhouse (daughter can have salads and chicken). Gibson's? Michael Jordan's (son would like this I am sure) or Chop House?

Thanks so much! You Chicago chowhounds are so helpful to visitors!

Apr 18, 2014
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Black Camel special - Super Bowl wings

Awesome! Thanks for the post.

The 'New' Treadwell, NOTL - A memorable dining experience that is worthy of a 2 hour drive!! ( Long Review )

He wasn't there that evening but the sommelier that was there was very eager and guided us very well. Great experience overall. Can't wait to return this summer.

The 'New' Treadwell, NOTL - A memorable dining experience that is worthy of a 2 hour drive!! ( Long Review )

This place is a MUST-DO for certain. We went on Thursday evening and had the seven course tasting menu and each and every course was truly delicious. Not a dud in the bunch. Unlike Charles, I can't tell you exactly what we had but my favourites were:
Seared sea scallop with hoisin glazed pork belly, Braised Shortrib on a potato puree and the gnocchi with toasted almonds. It was outstanding and the service was fabulous. GO!!

Lunch downtown

Or maybe try The Chase

Lunch downtown

Richmond Station

New Year's in Troy/Birmingham

Thanks again. What about Melting Pot or Benihana. Both places food-wise would suit.

Nov 28, 2013
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New Year's in Troy/Birmingham

That's what I was afraid of. What about Brio or Loccino? Any better? I am not sure about Middle Eastern food for this group but Ike's does look good for that.

Nov 27, 2013
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