One of the pluses of having family in Chicago is the opportunity to start getting in to the holiday spirit in a great city! We love staying at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile, great location and great hotel. You are a block from Michigan Avenue where are the stores are located and also several restaurants.
The breakfast is good. You can go for the buffet or a la carte.
In this week of food delights (and gluttony) we went to some of our favorite Chicago restaurants.
RPM Italian, has been opened for couple years but the food is still outstanding. This time, we ordered the Black Truffle Beef Tartare, it was simply amazing. The Maine Lobster Ravioli and Handmade Cavatelli, paired with the Planet Oregon Pinot Noire was delicious and more than enough food for us. If reservations are an issue, there is plenty of table seating near the bar.
Quartino, has been in Chicago for over 10 years, but still a busy place. We went there for early dinner with some friends and kids. Here are some of the dishes we ordered. It is a great place for large groups and the menu usually has an Italian delight for everyone.
Duck Duck Goat, a restaurant located in the hot West Loop (area with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries). It is a pretty authentic Chinese restaurant, part of the “Goat” family in Chicago. The chef is Stephanie Izard who won Top Chef Season 4. The dishes are supposed to be shared. The green beans are amazing, highly recommended.
3 Arts Cafe at Restoration Hardware, beautiful place for lunch, coffee or happy hour. I went there to meet a friend for happy hour, and I was impressed by the beautiful decor and refined, but inviting ambience. I am a Restoration Hardware furniture fan, and this place was crawling with pieces.
Aba, it was my first time at this restaurant, and for sure I would go back next time I am in town. A Turkish restaurant with a beautiful decor and excellent food. Indoor fig trees, need I say more! The Aloe mezcal cocktail is divine.
I just love The Purple Pig. Every time I am in town, it is my must go place for a late lunch after shopping on Michigan Avenue. They have small dishes to share and a great wine selection. The wait can be long, but sitting at the bar and watching the staff put final touches on their food is always fun.