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Valentine's '09 - where to blow $200??

Valentine's '09 - where to blow $200??
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    Post #1 - January 30th, 2009, 3:13 pm
    Post #1 - January 30th, 2009, 3:13 pm Post #1 - January 30th, 2009, 3:13 pm
    OK.

    I made reservations at Aigre Doux after reading some decent reviews in various Chicago publications - I want something upscale that falls outside the contemporary american/french canon.

    Basically, I did a bad job with the LTH search, because a few days later (today) this Aigre Doux thread turns up that has been silent for months that basically leads me to believe the place ain't worth blowing the above-mentioned $200 bones on.

    So - I want some recommendations from the esteemed LTH community. My problem is that despite being well-versed in the cheapo cabbie haunts of our glorious city, I just haven't hit the income range (been a student too damn long) to make an educated pick from the variety of 2/3 star places strewn about Chicago.

    My criteria: I can spend up to $250, I want strong flavors (not just cream, blech - I like sour, spicy, sweet, funky), and the atmosphere has to be decent enough to make it look like I really tried on this V-Day.

    I realize this may be a lot to ask. Any help would be much appreciated. And I have a feeling this info may be useful for quite a lot of people who may have been stung my cupid's arrow this past year.

    Muchas Gracias, Shukran Geziran in advance.

    M
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #2 - January 30th, 2009, 3:18 pm
    Post #2 - January 30th, 2009, 3:18 pm Post #2 - January 30th, 2009, 3:18 pm
    On valentines day tell her you got her north pond or blackbird reservations for a month later :)
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #3 - January 30th, 2009, 3:20 pm
    Post #3 - January 30th, 2009, 3:20 pm Post #3 - January 30th, 2009, 3:20 pm
    In a minute, my recommendation would be Bonsoiree. It's got great ambiance and the food is excellent. The fact that it's BYOB will help your budget. You can do the seven course menu for $85 each and with tax, tip, and a couple of decent but not expensive bottles, you'll be inside the $250 pretty easily. Here's the LTH thread. You better hurry though, as they have a small place and a big following, so they might be booked already.


    Bonsoiree
    2728 W. Armitage Ave.
    Chicago, Il.
    773-486-7511
    http://www.bon-soiree.com/
    John Danza
  • Post #4 - January 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm
    Post #4 - January 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm Post #4 - January 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm
    Bonsoiree is a no-go; booked.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #5 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    Post #5 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm Post #5 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    There are some worthy candidates on the GNR list: a tavola and Sweets and Savories come to mind immediately. I'm sure you would also have a wonderful time at Sabatino's or Myron and Phil's, but I don't think they would be considered upscale. With Valentine's Day falling on a Saturday, I think restaurants that night are going to be a complete zoo. I like gleam's suggestion. Personally, we're going to Avec on a weeknight before V-Day. (That's Mr. X's price for going on a golf weekend to Arizona over Valentine's Day...it's a win-win as far as I'm concerned. No Valentine's night zoo and I get dinner at Avec!)
    -Mary
  • Post #6 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    Post #6 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm Post #6 - January 30th, 2009, 3:31 pm
    Sweets and Savories, Tizi Melloul, May Street Market, Picolo Sogno, all written up on LTH.
  • Post #7 - January 30th, 2009, 3:42 pm
    Post #7 - January 30th, 2009, 3:42 pm Post #7 - January 30th, 2009, 3:42 pm
    I agree on Sweets & Savories as well. I think the best recommendation though is to take her out on another night. Then on V-Day, make her dinner at your place. It's cheaper, and chicks dig it.
    John Danza
  • Post #8 - January 30th, 2009, 3:56 pm
    Post #8 - January 30th, 2009, 3:56 pm Post #8 - January 30th, 2009, 3:56 pm
    I agree that cooking at home is a great idea, but I do it often, and have already hinted that we are going out - something she really wanted to do.

    Funny thing is, I think I have her convinced that we are going to eat fondue or something equally schmaltzy. As a testament to what a great woman she is, when she found out she forced a smile, and after swallowing her incredulity at how someone with my taste would pick something so stupid, remarked "that's great baby!" 8)

    BTW - no offense to anyone who likes fondue, it's just that I know for a fact she dislikes the idea of dipping meat into hot oil as a fancy dinner.

    Thanks for the recs so far!
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #9 - January 30th, 2009, 4:30 pm
    Post #9 - January 30th, 2009, 4:30 pm Post #9 - January 30th, 2009, 4:30 pm
    I know you want to something a little more avant-garde, and I know you want atmosphere, but I attended Patrick Chabert's dinner on January 17th, and it was absolutely stunning. My guests and I were all astonished.

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=22101
  • Post #10 - January 30th, 2009, 5:24 pm
    Post #10 - January 30th, 2009, 5:24 pm Post #10 - January 30th, 2009, 5:24 pm
    Otom could be really cool. Le Bouchon for something french.
    is making all his reservations under the name Steve Plotnicki from now on.
  • Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 12:58 am
    Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 12:58 am Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 12:58 am
    Oceanique in Evanston. Ya can't go wrong there. Very romantic! Ditto Michael in Winnetka - great food, and largely undiscovered as of yet. Chef Lachowicz is definitely an Occasion Guy. :)

    What might be kind of fun to do is to take the lady friend up north on Metra - Oceanique is just across Chicago Ave. on Main St. (get off at the Main St. stop on the UP North Line), and Michael is perhaps half a block south of the Indian Hill stop on Green Bay Road on the same line.

    I can absolutely flat-ass guarantee you that you will not be disappointed in either place. BTW, I like your fondue ploy very much! :twisted:
  • Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 am
    Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 am Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 am
    Geja's Cafe will fulfill your fondue promise. :P

    http://opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx? ... &ref=10051

    Geja's Café
    340 W. Armitage
    Chicago, IL 60614
    GOOD TIMES!
  • Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 10:34 am
    Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 10:34 am Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 10:34 am
    I've done Otom before on Valentines days past. It's been very good, although not memorable enough that I can tell you what I had.
  • Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm
    Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm
    I'll be at Michael's. Great menu and a steal at $55 per person!
  • Post #15 - February 5th, 2009, 11:07 am
    Post #15 - February 5th, 2009, 11:07 am Post #15 - February 5th, 2009, 11:07 am
    I think the best recommendation though is to take her out on another night. Then on V-Day, make her dinner at your place.


    As a chick, I can say that if my boyfriend did this, I would totally dig it.

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