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SF Hound with One Dinner in Chicago

Wow, there are some great places on here. I might have to make a repeat trip just to get a few extra meals in. Thank you all so much for your time and thoughtful feedback.

Apr 25, 2007
JGUSC in Chicago Area

mexican weekend lunch ideas in san jose?

Personally, I've found truly great Mexican food hard to come by in San Jose. La Taqueria on First street downtown is nearly as good as its Mission District counterpart, but not anywhere that you can sit down with a family.

For family friendly Mexican, I'd recommend El Burro in Campbell (1875 Bascom). While it's not exceptional, it delivers consistently good food, is quite family friendly, and has an ambiance befitting a long Cinco de Mayo meal.

I welcome disagreement from other Hounds - I'd love to find a new place for great Mexican in the South Bay.

Apr 23, 2007
JGUSC in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Hound with One Dinner in Chicago

Thanks for the posts. You two sound like exactly the expert Hounds that I need to be talking to. In thinking about it more, I'm looking for the quintessential Chicago experience. And while I do love pizza, I'd say that I'm looking for a bit more ambiance.

So, with that in mind, let's limit the conversation to Italian, steakhouses, or Italian Steakhouses. As far as price, I'm thinking no more than $100 for two courses and a cocktail (since I know that wine can heavily skew a price).

Let me know if there are any additional details that would be helpful. Thanks in advance for your help.

Apr 23, 2007
JGUSC in Chicago Area

SF Hound with One Dinner in Chicago

I'm going to be making my first visit to Chicago at the end of May for a conference at the Renaissance, and will have one dinner to myself before I return home to Northern California.

I've heard that Chicago is best known for its steaks and its Italian food, but I'm always up for an adventure - truly, I'm looking for the best meal in town that's at least reasonably close to my hotel (< 15-20 minutes by cab or public transit). I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Apr 19, 2007
JGUSC in Chicago Area