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Chicago - any recnet visits to a Fabulous Restaurant?

Chicago - any recnet visits to a Fabulous Restaurant?

May 10th, 2007, 06:26 PM
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It is Nomi, and it is excellent. Alinea is always booked BUT that is what a platinum amex is for. Have their concierge service make the res.
Tru is also outstanding.
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May 11th, 2007, 05:23 AM
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Just had our second meal at Aria in the Fairmount. It was fantastic~!
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May 11th, 2007, 06:00 AM
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Nomi and Japanaise have been listed by name this week for big no-no's. Primarily this concerns food labeling- particularly these were of the group mentioned by name who are serving talapia and red bream and designating it as red snapper on the menu. When they did DNA testing on fish in both medium and high end places, not a one had real red snapper out of 10 that listed it as such.

It wouldn't really matter that much to me, but to some foodies it would.

I have had a nice meal at Aria as well. There are probably literally 50 or 60 good choices in the range $200-$300 in just a short taxi distance- I hope exiledprincess shows up to give you some latest maybes.
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Jun 6th, 2007, 08:24 PM
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This is more a warning than a recommendation. We recently ate at Charlie Trotter's and were enormously disappointed. No one at the table was impressed. There wasn't an outstanding dish among the 16(!!!) we sampled. It felt like a case of the emperor's new clothes. After eating there I checked Zagats and almost every review I read concurred with our opinion. It cost big bucks, but wouldn't have been a great meal if it had cost a lot less. Atmosphere is... lacking. Service is friendly. We had a pretty nice meal at Carlos in Highland Park.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:10 AM
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We are leaving for Chicago tomorrow!! We are trying a couple of the restaurants mentioned on this thread. I will post back with the culinary trip report!!
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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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I can't believe no one mentioned Tru. I loved it. It was like dinner and entertainment in one because the service was so amazing.

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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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i had a fantastic meal at "topobampo", which is also rick bayliss' resterant, and attached to "frontera grill"
but i also loved my brunch at north pond. it's all local/fresh food so the menu changes daily, and great atmosphere. for breakfast, there is the grand luxe cafe also. killer breakfast!
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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:24 AM
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See if it is possible to get a reservation at Everest on the 40th floor of the stock exchange. You won't be disappointed.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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I have to second Topolobombo, one of the best meals I've ever had.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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ange...we practically only went to chicago (from new york) to go to topolabampo and north pond. and rick bayliss was the chef the night we were there! he came out to talk to people and everything. we were besides ourselves!
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Jun 7th, 2007, 08:34 AM
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Well, I'm going to put it on my LIST this summer: TO DO ABSOLUTELY- TOPOLABAMBA. I've been to probably 100 restaurants in Chicago and have yet to get there.

Honestly, there are SO many great restaurants in the neighborhoods that are seldom hyped like the big ones that you just don't believe it after you have mis-hyped too many times.

But Rick Bayless, on his tv programs, seemed like SUCH a peaceful, warm and honed person that I would absolutely love to meet him myself. And his food is and looks fabulous; that is what everyone here seems to chorus too by experience.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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jj5...funny, i actually had the same opinion from when i saw him on iron chef. and indeed, he seemed quite nice talking with the patrons of the restarant that night. my so has become obsessed! bought his cook book and everything!
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