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Fodor's Chicago 2014
Bin 36 Review
This hip hybrid—a fine-dining establishment, a lively wine bar, and an excellent cheese purveyor—serves wine and cheese pretty much any way you want it. For wine, you can choose by the bottle, glass, half glass, and as flights of multiple 2½-ounce tastings. For cheese, options are by individual sample or multiples—or as an ingredient, as in the lamb meatballs stuffed with Manchego cheese, romesco, and mint. The menu similarly encourages sampling, with lots of small-plate grazing choices. Entrées, such as roasted whole duck and ahi tuna carpaccio, are helpfully listed with wine recommendations. An all-glass west wall and 35-foot ceilings lend a lofty look to the sprawling space, which can be noisy. Since it's open all day, it's also a good choice for between-standard-mealtime nibbles.
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
Why: After being housebound by what seemed to be a never-ending winter (enough already!), it was time to bundle Read more
In December 2013/January 2014 my wife and I did a three week trip to the USA, with the aim of experiencing a proper North American winter. Read more
We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.
We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.
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