Chicago Restaurant Week 2013, your chance to eat at many of Chicago's top restaurants for a fraction of the price, returns again next month. From February 1st to 10th, you can enjoy $22 three-course prix fixe lunches and $33 or $44 dinners at more than 200 locations throughout Chicagoland. Though still a few weeks out, you better make your reservations now if you want to grab some of the most coveted tables.
It's that time of year when Chicago's finest restaurants offer their prix fixe menues for a fraction of the cost. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger in Chicago so book your tables now via Open Table. I'm anxiously awaiting for the restaurant week menus to be released!
Here are my picks!
GT Fish and Oyster Bar, River North. I was here recently and I definitely will be returning. From tradditonal seafood dishes to modern staples, GT, a part of the BOKA restaurant group, offers the freshest seafood in Chicago. Their oysters alone were enough to draw me there but the lobster rolls will keep me coming back for more! (Lunch Only)
Fred's at Barneys, Gold Goast. People keep forgetting that there is a super cozy restaurant on top of Barney's. Though the restaurant week discounts do not apply to Barney's itself, the cafe tucked away on the roof is the perfect hideaway to go to with that special someone. Utilizing local ingredients and pasta made in house, Fred's offers a serene setting next to their brick oven and stunning views quietly overlooking the bustling Gold Coast shopping. I'd have to say, this is a Valentines Day must! **hint hint**
Sepia, Near West. You walk in and you sense the immediate swag. The restaurant is lively but has a certain sex appeal that takes this dining establishment to the next level. With decor paying homage to their Printer's Row location, Sepia offers true Chicago fine dining with a modern twist. Locally sourced, their Rabiola is divine as it melts on your tongue.
NoMI, River North, mainly because it costs an arm and a leg to eat there. Though drinks are not included in the prix fix, definitely snag yourself one. The ambience is stellar and the pastries alone are to die for. (Lunch Only)
Though until then... my lunches will look something like this...