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#601 Post by Siun o'Connell » June 5th, 2019, 10:41 am

My daughter was a line cook for Chef Thai and will be so glad to see this. He was a tremendous mentor to her.

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#602 Post by Milton Hudson » June 12th, 2019, 2:11 pm

Will be in Chicago starting Saturday. Looking for maybe something Italian or Asian for Sunday night. Also daughter wants a deep dish pizza. Maybe a lunch place. We’re staying 333 north Dearborn so something in that neighborhood within a couple of miles

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#603 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 12th, 2019, 7:44 pm

For Deep Dish, be sure to go to Pequod’s (though tbh, Pizzeria Bebu is just flat out great pizza and in the same-ish neighborhood.


For Italian or Asian, what are you wanting? Where you’re staying is right in the tourist area, so if you want something more representative of Chicago, you’ll have to expand your search

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#604 Post by Milton Hudson » June 12th, 2019, 8:01 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
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For Deep Dish, be sure to go to Pequod’s (though tbh, Pizzeria Bebu is just flat out great pizza and in the same-ish neighborhood.


For Italian or Asian, what are you wanting? Where you’re staying is right in the tourist area, so if you want something more representative of Chicago, you’ll have to expand your search
We have zero Italian here. The Vietnamese is good as is the Thai in general. Chinese would be welcome as the Chinese is dreck here. Chines is usually open on Sunday so that is why I mentioned. Don’t mind going farther afield if necessary.

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#605 Post by Corey N. » June 13th, 2019, 9:20 am

Has anyone gone to Stone Flower and/or planning on it? It looks AMAZING but this is the former chef at 42 grams that was convicted of hitting his ex-wife. My initial instinct would be to stay away, no matter how good the food is. OTOH, it sounds like he has gone out of his way to make amends by raising money for charities that deal with domestic violence and I believe that people deserve second chances.

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/5/16/185 ... ktown-open
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#606 Post by George Hejna » June 14th, 2019, 7:09 am

Yeah he hit her in the head with a bottle. Hard enough to require staples according to the police report. Plenty of other restaurants in Chicago to give my money too. It will not be this one.

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#607 Post by Doug Sher » June 14th, 2019, 3:55 pm

Corey N. wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 9:20 am
Has anyone gone to Stone Flower and/or planning on it? It looks AMAZING but this is the former chef at 42 grams that was convicted of hitting his ex-wife. My initial instinct would be to stay away, no matter how good the food is. OTOH, it sounds like he has gone out of his way to make amends by raising money for charities that deal with domestic violence and I believe that people deserve second chances.

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/5/16/185 ... ktown-open
Corey,

For your next splash out meal, I strongly recommend Kyoten at 2507 W. Armitage. 8 seat omakase only menu for $220 including tax and tip. Corkage is $40 a bottle. By far and away the best sushi experience I've had in Chicago and, while not cheap, I thought it was a very good value.

How some guy opens up a restaurant on Damen with prices higher than any place else in the city is beyond my (admittedly somewhat limited ) ability to comprehend.

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#608 Post by Corey N. » June 14th, 2019, 4:22 pm

Doug Sher wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Corey,

For your next splash out meal, I strongly recommend Kyoten at 2507 W. Armitage. 8 seat omakase only menu for $220 including tax and tip. Corkage is $40 a bottle. By far and away the best sushi experience I've had in Chicago and, while not cheap, I thought it was a very good value.

How some guy opens up a restaurant on Damen with prices higher than any place else in the city is beyond my (admittedly somewhat limited ) ability to comprehend.
I'm not trying to justify the cost, but 42 Grams had 2 Michelin stars. I assume chef is banking on that + exclusivity (12 seats).
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#609 Post by David K o l i n » June 14th, 2019, 5:13 pm

Corey N. wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 9:20 am
Has anyone gone to Stone Flower and/or planning on it? It looks AMAZING but this is the former chef at 42 grams that was convicted of hitting his ex-wife. My initial instinct would be to stay away, no matter how good the food is. OTOH, it sounds like he has gone out of his way to make amends by raising money for charities that deal with domestic violence and I believe that people deserve second chances.

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/5/16/185 ... ktown-open
I’m a hard pass on that. But give me a call when Mario Batali opens his next joint

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#610 Post by Corey N. » June 14th, 2019, 6:40 pm

I don’t see going either, though I admit that I live a good redemption story.
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#611 Post by Nick Gangas » June 16th, 2019, 8:18 am

I don't know man. So many good restaurants in the city. Plus I just read your link to the eater article. Pretty disturbing tone. $2,000 donation from a fundraiser ? Seems contrived.

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#612 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 16th, 2019, 10:46 am

Nick Gangas wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 8:18 am
I don't know man. So many good restaurants in the city. Plus I just read your link to the eater article. Pretty disturbing tone. $2,000 donation from a fundraiser ? Seems contrived.

His ex-wife’s version of the events and since then should dispel any notion that he’s made amends or is a better person now. It was also very noticeable that many restaurants banded together the day Stone Flower opened to use that evening’s proceeds for domestic violence charities.

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#613 Post by Matt Fleming » June 16th, 2019, 10:58 am

Um, yeah, f him.

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#614 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 17th, 2019, 11:28 am

Milton Hudson wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Keith A k e r s wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 7:44 pm
For Deep Dish, be sure to go to Pequod’s (though tbh, Pizzeria Bebu is just flat out great pizza and in the same-ish neighborhood.


For Italian or Asian, what are you wanting? Where you’re staying is right in the tourist area, so if you want something more representative of Chicago, you’ll have to expand your search

We have zero Italian here. The Vietnamese is good as is the Thai in general. Chinese would be welcome as the Chinese is dreck here. Chines is usually open on Sunday so that is why I mentioned. Don’t mind going farther afield if necessary.


Sorry, I was out of town and wanted to get back to this.

For Italian, you’ll clearly have a lot of options. So, it kinda depends on what you want. For great pasta, absolutely go to Monteverde. If you want something really good and somewhat old school, Piccolo Sogno is great. Since you’re downtown, RPM Italian or Spiaggia will be higher end and actually good (please done do Quartino). There are a lot of other places you can go as well, but any of those will give you a great experience.


For Chinese, somewhere like Jade Court/MingHin/Dolo will all be great and are in Chinatown. I’ll let others chime in on that as there are others that are more versed in the Chinese dining around town.


Hope that helps and hopefully you have a great time in Chicago!

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#615 Post by WvanGorp » June 18th, 2019, 9:49 am

I like Chengdu Impression for Chinese in Chicago. MingHin also.
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#616 Post by Nick Gangas » June 20th, 2019, 11:58 am

Going to Cira tomorrow. Any feedback ?

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#617 Post by Nick Gangas » June 22nd, 2019, 11:34 am

Went to Cira last night with some friends before the stones concert. They were extremely gracious and provided excellent and friendly service. Food was great too. Highly recommend.

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#618 Post by David K o l i n » June 22nd, 2019, 11:57 am

Sorry too late, but Riccardo’s trattoria in Lincoln Park is quite good.

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#619 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 24th, 2019, 10:06 am

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/24/187 ... restaurant




Looks like Duffy is about to be back in a big way

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#620 Post by Matt Fleming » June 28th, 2019, 12:14 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
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https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/24/187 ... restaurant




Looks like Duffy is about to be back in a big way
combining twee with decadence.

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#621 Post by AndyK » July 14th, 2019, 7:27 am

We are in Chicago tonight and have unexpectedly time for dinner... Any recommendations on a non pretentious place with decent food and a good, well priced wine list that doesn’t require a reservation?
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#622 Post by David K o l i n » July 14th, 2019, 2:03 pm

Where are you, Andy?

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#623 Post by AndyK » July 14th, 2019, 2:23 pm

Sorry, we’re pretty much downtown, but it’s kinda late now...
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#624 Post by David K o l i n » July 14th, 2019, 2:29 pm

Might be worth checking in at Avec, if Mediterranean suits you. They have openings early and late, and even one at 7:30 not too much earlier today.

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#625 Post by awilliamson4 » July 22nd, 2019, 11:52 am

Galit in Lincoln Park is fantastic. Top notch all the way across the board...Zach Engel is pushing hard there right now....be prepared to see it get some serious recognition.
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#626 Post by Michael Klein » July 31st, 2019, 1:57 pm

meant to post this earlier this week - but it looks like Jade Court is closed indefinitely after the owner passed away. Sad. Great spot and I hope it finds a way to re-open.

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#627 Post by Matt Fleming » August 2nd, 2019, 12:07 am

Michael Klein wrote:
July 31st, 2019, 1:57 pm
meant to post this earlier this week - but it looks like Jade Court is closed indefinitely after the owner passed away. Sad. Great spot and I hope it finds a way to re-open.
wow, sad news. rest in peace.

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#628 Post by George Hejna » August 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Hit up some restaurants this past weekend which were new to me.
Mako - Omakase only Sushi. Really good. Beautiful room, nice Sake list, wine list is a little small but serviceable. Menu was very nigiri heavy. Hand roll with tuna and uni was outstanding. Excellent service. A bit expensive at $175 pp.
Rooh - Billed as progressive Indian. Not sure what that means but food was stuck somewhere in-between that and traditional. Beverage program was not good. Cocktails - meh. Wine list tiny. I got an upcharge of $4 for ordering a martini "up" The food was enjoyable had some excellent tikki. The lamb shank was uninspired. Excellent Nan. The service was pushy. They kept telling us we didn't order enough (they wanted the entire order at once). We had more food than we could eat. Would not go back unless some changes or improvements were made.
Best meal of the weekend was on the ultra exclusive "terrace restaurant" of some good friends.

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#629 Post by David K o l i n » August 5th, 2019, 6:34 pm

George Hejna wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Best meal of the weekend was on the ultra exclusive "terrace restaurant" of some good friends.

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I love that place

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#630 Post by WvanGorp » August 5th, 2019, 7:08 pm

😊
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#631 Post by Matt Fleming » August 5th, 2019, 11:14 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 6:34 pm
George Hejna wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Best meal of the weekend was on the ultra exclusive "terrace restaurant" of some good friends.

George
I love that place
moi aussi. But nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.

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#632 Post by George Hejna » August 18th, 2019, 7:35 am

Couple of new places for me. Cafe Cancale in the old Publican Anker spot. Was good. Oysters were excellent as was the raw bar. Couple of misses on some of the other dishes. Service was spot on. One complaint - the restaurant is so loud. I get it, It is lively and exciting but when you can't even have a conversation with the person next to you and the staff has to bend down and speak in your ear so you can hear them then you have a problem. I prefer GT Fish.

Finally made it to Haisous. No big news here but really excellent food. The whole fish (fluke) was amazing. As was the Papaya salad and Tofu dish. The duck was good but not overly Vietnamese. Can't wait to go back. Wish the wine list was a little bigger. They did have Knoll Riesling for $100 so hard to argue with that.

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