Booth One is trying recapture era of Frank Sinatra (apparently he sat in “Booth One” at the Ambassador Hotel’s original restaurant). There are well-prepared dishes like lobster cappuccino (basically a lobster bisque), beef wellington, and a dessert that’s a platter of fresh strawberries surrounded by creme fraiche, Grand Marnier, and chocolate called “strawberries Zsa Zsa”. It succeeds in creating an old-school atmosphere - servers wear tuxedo jackets, there are giant booths, and the whole place is like a Gold Coast version of RPM Steak (unsurprisingly, since it’s from the same team). It’s worth visiting even if you’re not in the neighborhood - and you can bring anyone who secretly wishes had been a part of the Rat Pack.
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Excellent sushi in an unlikely spot. This tiny restaurant at the bottom of the Hilton hotel on Mies van der Rohe Way street is worth a trip for any real sushi fan.
The Halal Guys
Halal Guys is a famous NYC food truck that's on the full-blown franchise route. It's a cheap and good carry-out situation in the Gold Coast.
BIG & little's
Funky, fresh, and delicious. Big & little's is one of the best and most interesting restaurants you can eat at.
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Daisies in Logan Square serves excellent housemade pasta that will make you want to eat your vegetables.
The Chicago Diner
The Chicago Diner is vegan and vegetarian restaurant that even meat eaters might like.
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