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Old January 2nd, 2008, 02:15 AM   #1
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Best Restaurants in Chicago?

There's a similar thread like this in the NYC forum, and I thought I'd start something similar here. What are the MUST EAT places in Chicago?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 02:43 AM   #2
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 03:09 AM   #3
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Portillos! lol
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:16 PM   #4
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My personal favorites are the following:

L Woods Pine & Tap Lincolnwood, IL
Mr. Beef - Downtown and Harlem
Lou Malnattis - City and burbs
Carmines - Rush
Sabatinos - Irving/Western
Monasteros - Devon/Cicero
Maggiaons - City, burbs, chain
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yea im lookin to go somewhere nice (downtown) to celebrate my new job....and suggestions????
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:38 PM   #6
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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Make sure to try the chocolate cake at Wildfire... it's amazing.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:13 AM   #8
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when the weather is nice, there is no nicer experience in Chicago than eating outside in Atena's coutyard on Halsted in Greektown, surrounded by fountains, columns, and greenery, buffeted from the street with a terrfic view of the Loop.

And the food is pretty damned good.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:16 AM   #9
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My personal favorites are the following:

L Woods Pine & Tap Lincolnwood, IL
Mr. Beef - Downtown and Harlem
Lou Malnattis - City and burbs
Carmines - Rush
Sabatinos - Irving/Western
Monasteros - Devon/Cicero
Maggiaons - City, burbs, chain
tony, i know a lot of people like L. Woods. me? i wish lettuce had kept it as Bones.

Monasteros still up to its old standards? haven't been there for years.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:28 AM   #10
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Gennaro's on west Taylor is probably the best Italian food I've ever eaten. Anywhere. Better than any place in Chicago, or the Hill in St. Louis. It's small, very small, family owned, and so low key you might miss it if you weren't looking for it.

But Carmine's is great too. Complete opposite from Gennaro's in terms of atmosphere, and the food is almost as good. Great bar.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:28 AM   #11
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I was about to go to Gennaro's last weekend. We drove past it, spotted it, and then got lost and couldn't find it again. Little Italy is cool, but the streets are confusing. So far, I haven't had any Italian food in Chicago that can top Cunetto's or Favazza's in St. Louis on The Hill.

Apparently I need to get back to this place and try it for myself.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:58 PM   #12
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Alinea and Charlie Trotters hands down.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:46 PM   #13
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Pops for wine and cheese, David Burke's for steak, Tru for 3-course dessert menu (jacket required).
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #14
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I was about to go to Gennaro's last weekend. We drove past it, spotted it, and then got lost and couldn't find it again. Little Italy is cool, but the streets are confusing. So far, I haven't had any Italian food in Chicago that can top Cunetto's or Favazza's in St. Louis on The Hill.

Apparently I need to get back to this place and try it for myself.
Obviously tastes are subjective, but having been to all three I'd choose Gennaro's for their braciole alone. Great pork chops too. And don't get me started on the homemade cannolis. You also have to be buzzed in, which is kind of cool. It's an old school neighborhood place. Nothing fancy, just great food.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 05:21 AM   #15
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I was about to go to Gennaro's last weekend. We drove past it, spotted it, and then got lost and couldn't find it again. Little Italy is cool, but the streets are confusing. So far, I haven't had any Italian food in Chicago that can top Cunetto's or Favazza's in St. Louis on The Hill.

Apparently I need to get back to this place and try it for myself.
Cunetto's was quite excellent. And shocking. They are lined up to get in at 5:00 pm. Unbelievable. With reasonable prices that would shock a real Chicagoan.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 05:12 AM   #16
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I just recently went to Enoteca Roma Winebar & Bruschetteria - a smaller, intimate Italian restaurant in Wicker Park - and I was completely blown away! It may be the best Italian restaurant in Chicago that I've tried, so far.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #17
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It's not a 'high class' place - but a vote should go in for Club Lago on Orleans and Superior. A favorite of mine.
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Alinea and Charlie Trotters hands down.
I have had fabulous meals at both -- some of the best food I've ever eaten. Alinea is the more exciting of the two.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #19
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a few years back, there was talk of an old Chicago classic restaurant, Fritzels, reopening at its original State St. location between Lake and Wacker, possibly to have been owned by Lettuce. I haven't heard a thing about this since. Goggling did get me a web site with "coming soon" on it and little else than an old photo. does anyone have any info on this?
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Old January 5th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #20
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Frontera Grill is excellent, and worth noting.
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