Hi leeniek :)
There are soooo many places to eat in Chicago.
For breakfast The Bongo Room comes to mind for a good breakfast or brunch. They don't take reservations and you may have a wait...or you may not. You just don't know.
Lunch and dinner? There's lots of places to go. But no matter where you go check the times! Many of the places are closed between lunch and dinner, you don't want to show up during the places "off" hours. Believe me :mad:Goose Island
is a nice pub, lots of personality. Just make sure you go to the Clybourne location. They got a new Chef a little while ago and things are pretty nice. Their beer is real nice...my favorite two being a nice fresh Honkers Ale and their nitrogen dispensed IPA. The various Heritage selections are nice sippin' beers too.
Italian? How much are you looking to spend. There's always Spiaggia
if you're up for spending a bit more for your meal. We've had some nice dinners at Merlo on Maple too. There's really so many...I'll include a link to the Chicago ChowHound website and the LTH Forum. A couple of the individuals there are real good with recommendations.
Definitely go to Frontera!
But be forewarned...the lines could get long. You may do better if you get there before they open for dinner on Monday - Thursday. There's nothing wrong with XOCO in a pinch. But if your going to go...go to Frontera. If you need a place that takes reservations...Topolobampo. It's good...but 'd prefer Frontera.
Steak? There's tons of places for steak in Chicago. Most of them quite good. I suppose my preference would be toward David Burke's PrimeHouse
for their Kobe beef sashimi appetizer and their dry aged steaks. But really...if dry aged steaks aren't your thing...many of the places are real good. If you're looking for a place that does Seafood and Steak you may want to check out Joe's Seafood, Prime Steaks and Stone Crab
. The Stone crab claws are nice...and oddly enough the bone-in fillet is pretty good.
Other places? You can get a pastrami sandwich at Manny's deli.
There's lots of good Mexican food in Chicago, my favorite being the vendors at Maxwell Street Market.
You can check out the Green City Market
, which I haven't been to yet! :mad::mad: Hmmm...Greek food, Pho 777 for Vietnamese. Carnivale
or Mercat a la Planxa
for decent food in a nice atmosphere. Blue 13
are also good choices. although...you can save a bit of money if you go to BlackBird for lunch. Bon Soiree
is supposed to be good and a bit unique, although I haven't been there yet. Well, I haven't been there to eat...it's reservations only and I didn't know! It's really not near much else...so don't make this a destination that you think your going to walk around at. Go there...and then go somewhere else.
I suppose my favorite is probably going to Fox & Obel
for Iberico Bellota, plain. The Pio Tosini, at Fox & Obel, among some other meats are excellent as well. Oh, Bin 36
could be a nice stop if your passing by too.
You will want to check out LTH Forum
and the Chicago ChowHound Board.
I hope things are going well for your son. Have a good time with your family in Chicago!