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Old 08-28-2006, 06:14 PM   #1
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OT--Romantic Dinner in Chicago?
Since half of y'all are from the windy city, I wondered if you could point me to a great restaurant. DH and I will celebrate our 10-yr there, since the kids are too young to leave for long enough to go any further. I Chicago, and besides, I figured I could hit a few yarn stores while I'm there, since it's "the knitting center of the universe." (I'm a real romantic, huh?)

Anyway, any suggestions for a fabulous evening, either really elegant, hip, or just small and really good, would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-28-2006, 09:33 PM   #2
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I haven't been myself, but I have lots of friends who have been to Geja's and raaaave about it. Very romantic, I'm told, and the food is fabulous.
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A restaurant in Greek Town would be fun, too if you like Greek food. Have a GREAT TIME, and happy anniversary!!!
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:04 AM   #4
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Speaking of Greek food, I've only been to Chicago once, but one of the things I remember best is the super yummy baba ganoush (eggplant spread appetizer) from a restaurant called (I think!) Santorini. It was really lemony and bright, if that makes sense. Sooooooo good. Whenever I've ordered it at Greek restaurants since then, I am always disappointed, because no one around here seems to prepare it that way. DH (the chef in our house) is pretty close, but I'm not sure it's quite as good as I remember.

P.S. Happy Anniversary!

ETA: I looked up the restaurant, and found their website:

http://www.santorinichicago.com/

I guess what I remembered as being baba ganoush is actually called melitzanosalata. Apparently they are very similar, but baba ganoush has tahini and the other doesn't. I have to tell DH so he can try it without. I think I see some eggplant in my very near future!
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Originally Posted by janelanespaintbrush
Speaking of Greek food, I've only been to Chicago once, but one of the things I remember best is the super yummy baba ganoush (eggplant spread appetizer) from a restaurant called (I think!) Santorini. It was really lemony and bright, if that makes sense.
Mmmmm.....it's VERY good!!!! And saganaki is a fun Greek appetizer. When my kids were really little, I just told them it was "fire cheese" since they couldn't remember/say "saganaki". Pastitiso is SOOOO good, too. Now I'm all geared up for Greek food!!!
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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OMG, your options are ENDLESS!!!! Geja's is alot of fun, and yes, romantic. Its a fondue restaurant.

A restaurant that we tried recently is Opera in the south Loop area. If you go, I highly recommend being seated in "the vaults" which is VEYR romantic, and do the chef's tasting menu. WOW its ALOT of FABULOUS food, albeit pricey.

OOH! You might like either Emilio's or Cafe Ba-ba-reeba for Tapas!

A REALLY good resource for Chicago restaurants in general.... you can search by type of food and/or area of the city, is MetroMix

Have SUCH a great anniversary!!
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I have been to both Gejas and Santorini a couple times each, and I like them both. But I like Santorini better. Gejas is almost a bit too . . . gimmicky? to be romantic. I mean, the food was alright, and truly, it was dim, but I saw someone burned by overheated oil!

If you have big bucks to spend, a totally outrageously expensive place I went to is called Tru, it's downtown, and the hoity toity-est French food you can imagine. Waiters pouring everyone's glasses in unison, escorts to the restroom, the whole nine yards. But in all honesty, I've had better French for 1/4 the price.

I also quite liked Thyme Cafe, food is very good, I guess you could say the atmosphere is romantic.

There is a very nice French cafe called Bistrot Margot, which will be dim in the evening, I think, though less romantic, I guess, than the other places.

My current favorite is a fabulous tapas place called Del Toro in Bucktown. That is some good eating. Try to get a seat in the back, everything is red lighting and red velvet and candlelight. Or if that's too much for you, any of the other dimly lit seats are okay. Good bar, great food, fun and chill place to go.

I know there are more, but I can't think of them all right now. I'm told the restaurant at the top of the John Hancock building is expensive, romantic, touristy, and genuinely very good.

Reservations for all of the above, probably.

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escorts to the restroom
For that much money I'd tell 'em to let me go to the restroom by myself!!!
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escorts to the restroom
For that much money I'd tell 'em to let me go to the restroom by myself!!!
Yeah, there are definitely some things I prefer to do by myself, and that's one of them!
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Re: OT--Romantic Dinner in Chicago?
Originally Posted by caviar
it's "the knitting center of the universe."
Kirstin, I just noticed this sentence of your post--can you share some good knitting shops in Chicago (names and locations)?
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