February 19 marks the beginning of one of the best dining weeks of the year!!! We are SOOO excited to see how the list has expanded over the last three years!!! If you see a * next to the name, it’s recommended!! There is NO EXCUSE for not dining out during Restaurant Week – it’s the perfect Food Whore deal!
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The full and complete list is found at the OFFICIAL websitehere but fyi, our site is easier to click!
This year, the Chicago Restaurant Week is from February 19-28, 2010 where 3 course GOURMET PRIX FIXE menus are just $22 for Lunch or $32 for dinner!
Make your reservation now at OpenTable!!!
Michelle and I have been participating in this citywide dining event since it’s inception 3 years ago and we can’t express how much we love it! In fact, our WHOLE PAYCHECK is dedicated to this week! It’s a great way to check out that expensive restaurant that you never dared to step into before (eh hem, Topolobampo, Spiaggo, Terzo Piano, etc).
CHECK BACK FOR FULL MENU’s – Yes, we’re linking to documents from EAT IT UP but there are menus missing from some of the restaurants – we’re going to try and get them for you – KEEP POSTED!
Here is a list of some of the participating restaurants (so far…) – we omitted some of the less interesting restaurants because that’s how we roll.
676 Restaurant and Bar – surf & turf!
Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge – mmm..hamachi carpaccio
Atwood Cafe – veal tenderloin – don’t see this everyday!
Bistro 110 ></a> – The French Onion Soup is supposed to be to DIE FOR
Blackbird* – sorry, lunch only I am disppointed too!
Boka* – no choices, but solid prix fixe – one of my favorite Chicago restaurants! FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE TORTE was featured as one of Time Out’s top 100 dishes 2009
Cafe Des Architectes / CDA – great lunch menu! tartare, carpaccio, mmm… (btw, the peekytoe crab salad from CDA was on of Time Out’s 100 top dishes in 2009 – maybe you can order it on the side in addition to the 3 course meal!)
Caliterra Bar & Grille – Chicago – the only entree choices are Steak Oscar or NY Strip – YES PLEASE!
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant – good selection of entrees to choose from
Croften on Wells – no red meat on this menu. Looks just “ok”
David Burkes Primehouse at the James Hotel* – probably one of the best deals for Restaurant Week – the Kobe Beef Sashimi is probably one of the best things I have tasted – EVER
Devon Seafood Grill – Chicago* – great for groups – ask for the group tables downstairs – solid food, great service
Fornetto Mei – wow, delicious sounding menu! lunch looks especially enticing for $22!
Fulton’s on the River – Mmm..steak tartare, YES PLEASE!
The Gage Restaurant and Tavern
Geja’s Cafe – nice selection at this restaurant voted “most romantic”. Fondue anyone?
Gemini Bistro – lots of choices, where do I begin??? good for groups so you can try everything!
The Grill on the Alley – Chicago
Hard Rock Cafe – Chicago – includes coffee, tea or soft drink!
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse – Chicago
The Indian Garden Restaurant – huge selection! great for groups that are adventurous!
Japonais* – I love this swanky restaurant! Great choices too!
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab*
Keefer’s Restaurant What? dinner menu doesn’t feature steak…odd for a steak house!
Kinzie Chop House
La Cantina Italian Chophouse
La Madia – pizza lunch! how fun! Includes a glass of wine too!!! Great menu for picky eaters
La Salumeria del Merlo on Lincoln Ave – note that the ARTICHOKE RICOTTA RAVIOLI was one of Time Out’s 100 Top Dishes 2009! Hope to see it on the menu!
La Trattoria del Merlo – pheasant terrine, handmade pastas…
Landmark – to be frank, menu looks boring but the food is really well done here. I could be wrong.
Lockwood Restaurant and Bar – Mussels, skate wing, wagyu beef burger…nice selection!
Mercat a La Planxa*
Merlo on Maple – tons of handmade pastas, stewed lambshank..yummy
Mon Ami Gabi – Escargots, steak frites, beef bourguignon
Nacional 27* – super awesome deal – love it last year!
one sixtyblue – Hope to see MILK-CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ on the menu – it was on Time Out’s 100 best desserts of 2009
Osteria via Stato* – great for groups served family style with LOTS of selection.
The Palm Chilean seabass, filet mignon, crab cakes – nice choices!
Park Grill Rabbit, rainbow trout – impressive offerings for sure!
Piccolo Sogno* – went last year for lunch and loved it. Such a pretty restaurant with friendly staff and great wine
Rapsody – skate wing or pork belly – crap, how do I choose between those two? YUMMO!
Riccardo Trattoria – honeycomb tripe done Italian style? Clearly the best menu available for Restaurant week! I already made my reservation!! Note weekend reservations not available until 9pm.
Ristorante We – never even heard of this place but it’s at the W hotel
Riva SIX FRESH OYSTERS is one of the 1st course selections!
Rockit Bar and Grill
Rosebud Prime Lunch only!
Rosebud Steakhouse Lunch only!
Salpicon – um, read this menu and tell me if your eyes are getting crossed.
Salute Wine Bar
Season’s Restaurant – Scampi, pork belly…
Smith and Wollensky – 10 oz filet mignon!
Sushi Samba Rio*
Terzo Piano – CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO featured as Time Out’s 100 top desserts in 2009 – hope to see it on the menu!
Tizi Melloul – Offering a FIVE course meal instead of THREE!!! Wow! & a Vegetarian Menu! Fabulous!
Topolobampo* – Lunch only, sad – Yes, we’re curious what the menu is too!
Tsuki Japanese Restaurant and Lounge*
Choose one from Each
wild mushroom bisque – white truffle oil, mushroom goat cheese won-ton
salad of fresee, arugula and blue cheese – organic mizuna, ciabatta croutons, haricot vert, braeburn apples, roquefort dressing
vegetable pad thai – tofu, roasted peanuts, preserved radish
romesco crusted salmon – chorizo, white beans, organic baby carrots
maple creameux – chocolate sauce, malted milk crisp, strawberry
pear almond tart – blackberry jam, vanilla bean ice cream
Starter & Dessert same as lunch
fiery wok seared noodle bowl – chinese broccoli, shiitake mushrooms red chilis, bean sprouts
braised beef short ribs – jade arborio rice