What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant? I’m talking food, service… everything!! I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I’m bummed Schwa closed. I’ve always wanted to go, heard good things; but never seemed to get around it.

For me, I love Japonais because of the sushi and the steak. They take two very simple things and make me happy. The atmosphere is not my thing. Way too OC, I’m important and all. I think that’s why I’m going with Tru. The food kicked ass, the dining experience was amazing, and I believe the topper was the tour of the kitchen we got.

Gonna try Everest this weekend. Any suggestions?

Still on my list are Moto, Alinea, and Trotter’s. I’m not sure about the last one, but I read a Time Out article that piqued my interest.

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  1. terryp wrote:

    It’s Alinea, hands down. Incredible food, even more incredible service a wonderful atmosphere. I could go on and on and on and on.

    I would like to give Trotter’s a spin, though. They say he’s lost it – I disagree.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 7:17 am
  2. mike wrote:

    From what I’ve read, I want to go to Alinea the most.

    For places I’ve been, I think Fresh? (a little west of Estelle’s, old Bathouse) was the best recent meal, particularly for dessert.

    Never made it to Trotter’s or Topolobambo, should probably try both…

    I wasn’t so big on Everest, but that was years ago.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 8:45 am
  3. terryp wrote:

    Topolobombo – again great service just like Frontera. However, foodwise you’re buying more ambiance as opposed to food. The Frontera food is the same as the Topolobombo food.

    I would like to mention Spring as well. McClain does it right in a great space and again great service. Green Zebra gets high marks as well from me. Don’t know about Custom House – heard mixed things.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 9:12 am
  4. bjurk wrote:

    not a fan of trotter’s. for your degustation needs and dollars, my chicago pick is still Tru

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 9:43 am
  5. csh wrote:

    Yeah – I really liked Spring – Mike and I went there a few years ago, and I went somewhere west of the river that I liked – can’t remember the name of the place – I think it was on Chicago just over the river – there are two places run by the same owner/chef.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 10:25 am
  6. mike wrote:

    Catch 35 perhaps?

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 10:38 am
  7. bjurk wrote:

    I like Room 21

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 10:48 am
  8. csh wrote:

    Hey. It was Avec, and the other place I didn’t try was Blackbird. Annette and I had a great meal there a few years ago.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 11:12 am
  9. Vince wrote:

    Blackbird was incredible – thanks Ken! Lara and I have been going to Brasserie Jo a lot, as well as Bistro Campagne. I love Campagne more right now for the location, atmosphere and consistently excellent food w/o spending a ton. Mike – I loved Catch 35. Went there my first day at Grosvenor – thanks Burke!

    Of all our supper club places, my #1 was Erwin. Lara and I took her parents there and it was as great as I remember.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 4:55 pm
  10. TJ wrote:

    I like Spring a lot, but I’ve been there so much that it got a little stale for me. I’d hate to think you can do so much with fish. Green Zebra was good, but I was still f*ing hungry when I left… and a few dollars lighter. I want to try Custom House when the weather gets worse.

    Erwin’s was great. I forgot about Cafe Matou, good stuff from the old hood.

    FYI, Naha is overrated.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 9:07 pm
  11. terryp wrote:

    Erwin is way too underrated if you ask me.

    Mk, anyone? Madsen was always a fan.

    Posted 18 Oct 2007 at 9:23 pm
  12. Lara wrote:

    I’m really into French these days (cue the Dr. Dubois jokes). Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square is fantastic. My decision is usually based on the quality of a restaurant’s desserts, and Campagne’s are divine.

    Bistro Margot in Old Town is also great. Really good mussels and fantastic profiteroles.

    Posted 19 Oct 2007 at 8:42 am
  13. von wrote:

    Granted my knowledge is a bit out of date but –

    Trotter’s is very uneven. Sometimes it’s excellent, other times the service is poor and the food is barely above average.

    Spring is an excellent value for money.

    Have to admit that I wasn’t all that impressed with Bistro Campagne, but we nonetheless went there quite a bit. Haven’t been there in 4 years, however, so I’m probably out of date.

    (Incidentally, I agree with Lara: straight French bistro fare is absolutely awesome.)

    Mon Ami Gabi was predictably good but not outstanding.

    Blackbird has been excellent the times I’ve gone.

    Cafe Absinthe was always a sure bet.

    Never made it to Tru.

    Went to Japanais for the first time this Wednesday. Not bad at all.

    Posted 19 Oct 2007 at 11:47 am
  14. tpep wrote:


    Posted 19 Oct 2007 at 12:42 pm
  15. TJ wrote:

    Food: Good. They know what they do and they do it well.
    Ambiance: A little stuffy. We were really the youngest people there. For me, that’s saying something.
    Service: Felt rushed. We had a 9:30 seating. The meals were coming before finishing our drinks. Got out a little after midnight.

    Overall a good meal, but Tru still is the winner, by far.

    Posted 21 Oct 2007 at 11:09 am