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MetryMojo
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Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Leaving Sunday to go to Chicago for a few days for work. Staying on Michigan Avenue on the north end. Looking for some good places to eat. I previously ate at Lou Malnati's and and Giordano's. I plan on stopping at Pequod's but don't have much else planned. Does anyone have any good recommendations for that area?


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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
If you can get in...Girl and the Goat is a must regardless of how late your reservations are. Au Cheval is a great lunch spot for a burger. I can't remember the name of the Mexican place by Girl and the Goat but it was good also.

Bars - dot and dash was nice after dinner and we had a drink or seven ontop of the tower. There was a mojito up there that i couldn't stop drinking.
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Epic Cajun
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Girl and the Goat is a must regardless of how late your reservations are.

Agreed. Fantastic food there.
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Au Cheval is a great lunch spot for a burger.

Heard great things about this place, but the line is ridiculous.


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hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Based on your general location (top of Michigan), I can give you some quick recommendations in the immediate vicinity of your hotel, but let me know if you don't mind venturing out a bit more into River North / Old Town, which are both near your hotel. Otherwise, can you give some recommendations for Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wicker Park, West Loop, etc.

- Velvet Taco is a solid spot for lunch/dinner.

- Hash House a Go Go and 3rd Coast are walking distance from your hotel, I would assume, but Pancake House will be quickest.

- There's better coffee in Chicago, but Whispers is a shack in the middle of a small park (I always forget what it's called) sandwiched between Rush and State.

- For dinner, you could check out Purple Pig. You'll, likely, see a wait, but it's about a 15-20 minute walk down Michigan. Otherwise, Morton's, Gibsons, Blue Door, and Carmine's are close to your hotel.

- Not sure how old you are, but bars on Division in the Gold Coast area are a quick walk. Mostly young professionals, but Hopsmith and Butch McGuire's are popular.

- One of my favorite cocktail bars, Sparrow, should be very close to your hotel.


fightin tigers
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Blaze Pizza.

Hands down the best pizza in Chicago.
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Chitown_Badger
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There's better coffee in Chicago, but Whispers is a shack in the middle of a small park (I always forget what it's called) sandwiched between Rush and State.


Viagra Triangle FTW

Hoops once again pretty much nailed it.

If you want to get some good higher end BBQ I'd also suggest checking out Chicago Q. Not far from where you are and has a bar if you want to belly up and grab a drink and some food.
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Blaze Pizza.

Hands down the best pizza in Chicago.


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MetryMojo
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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you don't mind venturing out a bit more into River North / Old Town,


Don't mind at all.


MetryMojo
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Appreciate the suggestions from you all.


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hoopsgalore
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Viagra Triangle FTW


LOL. There it is.


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mr. penguin
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Girl & the Goat


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Yung_Humma
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Mister J’s but you must be drunk


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lsugorilla
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
tony's italian beef 7007 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629


Chitown_Badger
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tony's italian beef 7007 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629


He was probably looking for places relatively close to where he's staying. That'd have to be one hell of an italian beef to trek all the way down there.

That being said, if he has a hankering for an italian beef, Portillos isn't far from where he's staying, and dat chocolate cake shake

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Chitown_Badger
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Not sure how old OP is, but there's also a great stretch of bars and restaurants in old town...on Wells just south of north ave, not far from him. It trends a bit younger, but the scenery is great.
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MetryMojo
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
Few weeks from the big 40


tiger rag 93
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
These are some of the spots we hit last trip:

Pequod's is great, my wife and I go every time we are there.

Purple Pig is awesome. We went there for lunch and didn't wait at all. The 'Nduja spread was one of the best things I've put in my mouth.

Au Cheval serves the best burger I've ever had.

Xoco is Rick Bayless' casual Mexican place. We liked it a lot.

Stan's Donuts are all over Chicago. We really like it. Always go get a few different donuts and coffee.
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djrunner
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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
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For dinner, you could check out Purple Pig


One of the better meals i have ever had. Great small plates.


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re: Chicago Food and Bar Recs.
I'm not gonna chime in on food, but I had some amazing meals there.

I'll just say that two highlights of my trip were Local Option and Paddy Long's. Mostly because the bartenders I had were some of the most genuinely nice and interesting people I've ever met within that bartender/customer dynamic. I suppose in the grand scheme of things Paddy Long's isn't a must stop, although the bacon board was fun, but if you like beer Local Option had great taps.

And Fountainhead had a wow bourbon selection. Good brunch too.


Chitown_Badger
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Few weeks from the big 40



I'm turning in May, and I was just out with my cousins at the Fireplace Inn in Old Town a couple weeks ago. The scenery was fantastic, but I was over it pretty quickly.
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