Go to Butterfly when your college friends are visiting from out of town and you need an upbeat BYOB spot. There are three locations, all in the West Town/West Loop area, and all of them serve tasty rolls and decent Thai food. This is good for Gina, who doesn’t actually like sushi but likes vodka sodas.
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Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
The Breakfast Club & Grill
The Breakfast Club is a cute little neighborhood diner that's ideal for an easy breakfast, brunch, or lunch any day of the week.
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Kumiko is an upscale cocktail bar in the West Loop with high-end bar snacks and a tasting menu in the basement.
Solid ramen with Wu-Tang and old school H.O.V.A bumping in the background. Ramen-san is ideal for posting up solo with hot food and a cold beer.
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Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it’s a great meal.
Juno is a quality sushi spot in Lincoln Park. It's casual but pricy at the same time.
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