We ended up eating at Avec, which is a tiny but trendy storefront restaurant on Randolph just east of the highway. It’s communal seating, which we liked, because we got to know our table-mates. Not for everyone, perhaps. Certainly not a "roadfood-type" joint in many ways, because the prices were high and the food was fancy. It’s served Tapas style, meaning you order a number of small plates and share. Highlights were the fried chicken thigh and the brisket. The cheese plate ($15) was also very good – and I’m not normally a big cheese fan.
Wishbone is a wonderful Southern style retaurant/cafeteria. They’re still there and have expanded to other outposts around the city.
Sure I’ll say hi to Oprah. A personal friend of mine (just kidding).
danimal, say hello to Oprah. Seems there is/was a place called Wishbone along there, not really upscale, but good.
Thanks for the advice, everyone.
I know all the LTH folks rave about Opera, and recommend it often although I have never had the occasion to try it.
Of course if you want to go a few blocks further to 464 N. Halsted you could go to Timo for one of Chef John Bubala’s wonderful modern Italian dinners although it would sadly be his swan song for now, (they are closing their doors on NY eve- )
I love Red Light as well as the other Jerry Kliener spots – Opera (in the south loop – a great pairing with the Cub’s Convention in January), Marche’ and Gioco. They are all very trendy, have good to very good food and reasonably priced for downtown Chicago restaurants. Check them out below…
I agree with Red Light. There is also several other choices. Alhambrah is an Indian style place, pretty fancy looking on the outside, Blue Light ( Michael Jordan is a part owner) and there is Vivo for Italian.
Most of these places are gonna costs you a few bucks… but it is a great strip of places to stop for a meal and an after dinner drink.
I’m with Buddy- the LTHers will all have opinions for you on those…
I personally like Red light on that strip- it’s very hip and the food is awesome.
sort of Pan-asian, with a french influence
Usually I don’t ask about my own town, but I haven’t been over to the West Randolph Street area (Haymarket Square west of Halsted) in a while, and I’m not sure what’s over there. My wife and I have a night out on Friday and will be in that area. Does anyone have ideas for a relatively hip dinner place (and not Greektown -I’d do that, but my wife is in to slightly higher-scale places).
West Randolph Corridor – Chicago
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