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Kosher Restaurants:
MEAT:
Milt's (BOOOOO).
Get chili, cornbread, and beans. Drink a beergarita. 
3411 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657. 773-661-6384
Delivery available through Postmates
Open S-T: 11:30-10 F: 11:30-2 S: Call for hours

Shallot's.   Amazing sushi and great steaks though quite pricey.
7016 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077. 847-677-DINE
Delivery available. Shallots has their own app.
Open S-T: 11:30-9:00 Closed Friday Sat: 1.25 hours after Shkia-11:00

Ken's Diner.  The classic burger diner joint. Better than Milts.
3353 Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-679-4030
Delivery Available
Open S-T: 11:00-8:30

Great Chicago. Used to be owned by Ken's, but sold to a different owner. Many of the same items.
3149 W. Devon Chicago, IL 60659. 773-465-9030
Delivery Available. Great Chicago has its own app.
Open S-T: 11-9 F: 10-3

Taboun Grill. Good Israeli food. Schwarma, Shnitzel, moroccan Cigars.
8808 N. Gross Point Rd Skokie, IL. 847-965-1818
Open S-T: 11-10 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday.

Mizrahi Grill. Similar to Taboun. Located in the northern suburbs. 
215 Skokie Valley Rd Highland Park, IL . 847-831-1400
You can order online via their website.

Tein Li Chow. Chinese food. Located in the Jewel supermarket which also has a kosher bakery and deli.
Takeout only.
2485 W. Howard Evanston, IL. 847-328-4642


The Sandwich Club. Burgers, deli sandwiches...etc.
4507 W. Oakton Skokie, IL 60076. 847-677-6020
Open S-T: 11-8 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday

Bebe's Kosher Deli. Downtown Chicago- They have bagels/cream cheese on one side and deli sandwiches on the other.
Located in the French Market by the train station. Free parking with $20 French Market Purchase
131 North Clinton Chicago, IL 60661. 312-207-0572
Open M-T: 10-6 F: 10-1(winter) 2(summer) Closed Sat & Sun

Evita Steakhouse. Argentinian Steakhouse -
6112 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 (773) 463-8482
Sundays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am. Saturdays on winter time sometime after Shabbat to 12 am. Summer time Saturdays closed!!


Metroklub. Downtown Chicago-Only open during lunch M-Th.
In the Crown Plaza hotel. 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661. (312) 602-2104
CLOSED

Hy Life Bistro. Connected to Slice of Life (see below). On the expensive side, though not quite Shallots levels.
4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021
CLOSED


Tacos Gingi. Mexican Place. Pretty much takeout only.
5128 Dempster Street, Skokie IL 60077. 847-983-0648
Open S-T: 11-8  F: 11-1 Closed Saturday


DAIRY:
Emma's Bagel Cafe. Many breakfast options, but they have lunch dinner options as well like mac n' cheese. 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. 847-673-3030

Chalavi. 2931 W. Touhy Chicago, IL 60645. 773-338-9640

EJ's Pizzeria.   9149 N. Gross Point Skokie, IL 60076. 224-534-7215 On ubereats, and have their own app as well.

Bond Coffee. Starbucks type atmosphere and food. Has a drive through. Available via grubhub.
7555 N. California Ave Chicago, IL 60645

Slice of Life.(request Cholov Yisroel)4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021  CLOSED

Tel Aviv Pizza (Cholov Yisroel - Pizza is Yoshon), 6349 N. California Chicago, IL 60659. 773-764-3776

Hamachi Sushi. Sushi Bar and Chinese menu (Meat and chicken) They have their own app. 2801 West Howard Chicago, IL 60645(773) 293-6904

The Lincoln Cafe. Breakfast/lunch food as well as pre-packaged wraps and salads. Don't miss the bbq chicken pizza!!! Takeout only. Lincoln Cafe has their own app. Located in The BP gas station 6599 N Lincoln Ave. Lincolnwood IL 60712

Sarah's Tent (Brick oven?) New place 12/18. Pastas and sandwiches. Located next to Hungarian Kosher Supermarket 4020 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

Activities:
Navy Pier
Millennium Park/The Bean
Segway Tour
Six Flags Great America
Botanic Gardens
Willis Tower Skydeck
Lincoln Park Zoo (Free, but their lot is pay to park, look for street parking)
Museum of Science and Industry


Hotels:
Fairmont Millennium Park
Park Hyatt Chicago>Category 6
Hyatt Regency Chicago>Category 4
Hyatt Regency O'Hare>Category 2
W Lakeshore>Category 5
W Chicago City Center>Category 5
Westin Chicago>Category 5
Aloft Chicago City Center>Category 4
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers>Category 4
Aloft Chicago O'Hare>Category 2

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Public Transport options:

Guidebooks:

Other Tips
Parking at ORD: The cheapest place to park is in the O'hare lot G. It's $10/day. Be aware that you need to take a bus to the tram (in lot E) which takes you to the terminals. This can take 20-25 minutes
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1665 on: September 11, 2017, 01:52:31 PM »
I did not like the Patron steak, which is a signature steak, so is incorporated by reference at that link.
...but you are a chicken guy.  :)
I had the rib eye and Del Monico and both were good leaving the price out of the equation.
I just found a new supply of forks!

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« Reply #1666 on: September 11, 2017, 03:11:34 PM »
Sorry, but nobody told you to go to Shallot's and order a burger. I can also assume that Shemtov's makes good pizza or that Fuego makes good steaks, but those would be wrong and I should've done the research into what's actually good there beforehand.

If you wanted recommendations, you should have read this:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=83267.0


nope, thats BS and one of the most moronic stances and exactly WHY the kosher restaurant scene sucks.

Flam makes great wine, their noble is amazin but very expensive, their classico is good and cheap.

I ddidnt go to Shallot's, order the kids shnitzel and fries and then cry.

I ordered sushi which was excellent but roughly the size of  a half normal roll.

A friend ordered a burger at izzy's bbq and said it sucked, I said but they make amazing brisket, he didnt budge, no restaurant has any justification in selling a sub-par product, certainly not an expensive restaurant.

Your logic "who goes to shallots and gets a burger" my logic "what kind of highly rated restaurant serves medicore items on their menu"

As for your food recommendations, I think people are morons for buying crappy wine and I just as much fault restaurants for selling it, we brought a bottle of Herzog Chalk Hill 2008

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1667 on: September 11, 2017, 03:18:40 PM »
For me, a burger is a great budget item while marked up about a 4 x, if the beef was ground fresh and cooked well, its a good deal.

Usually I see no justification in getting steak, i can go to the store, pick out insane marbling meat and with under 5 minutes of work on my part be done.


Now, take the harbor grill bistro, ive done many wine diners there. He has out of the world charcuterie, insane pulled beef ravioli and the list goes on.. or take tiera sur etc.

If I want the best steak in the world, I just go to my friend in woodmere, eat genourmes cowboy steaks aged 30/60/90 days, sous vided and seared

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1668 on: September 11, 2017, 03:19:45 PM »

nope, thats BS and one of the most moronic stances and exactly WHY the kosher restaurant scene sucks.

Flam makes great wine, their noble is amazin but very expensive, their classico is good and cheap.

I ddidnt go to Shallot's, order the kids shnitzel and fries and then cry.

I ordered sushi which was excellent but roughly the size of  a half normal roll.

A friend ordered a burger at izzy's bbq and said it sucked, I said but they make amazing brisket, he didnt budge, no restaurant has any justification in selling a sub-par product, certainly not an expensive restaurant.

Your logic "who goes to shallots and gets a burger" my logic "what kind of highly rated restaurant serves medicore items on their menu"

As for your food recommendations, I think people are morons for buying crappy wine and I just as much fault restaurants for selling it, we brought a bottle of Herzog Chalk Hill 2008

I'm not arguing that the kosher restaurant scene is amazing, because it isn't.
You need to find out what a place specializes in.

If you get the burger and fries and izzy's that is your own fault. I don't want to hear complaints.

If you don't get the specialty sushi rolls like the Lion King/Dynamite and the specialty steaks like Garlic crusted/Wagyu/Delmonico at Shallots that is your own fault.

Nobody said everything they make is amazing. There is no kosher restaurant like that in the world!
I've ordered food like short ribs from Harbour Grill that were completely inedible. A bad dish doesn't make a bad restaurant.

The end.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1669 on: September 11, 2017, 03:20:13 PM »
my logic "what kind of highly rated restaurant serves medicore items on their menu"
Is this issue specific to the kosher scene or is there the same issue with non-kosher restaurants? @ChaimMoskowitz ?
Just because things turned out a certain way doesn't mean you were right.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1670 on: September 11, 2017, 03:20:24 PM »
im stuck in chicago with some phenomenal wines, buy me dinner, i'll bring wine, change my mind.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1671 on: September 11, 2017, 03:21:44 PM »
Is this issue specific to the kosher scene or is there the same issue with non-kosher restaurants? @ChaimMoskowitz ?

I have for years taken issue with the harbor grill steakhouse offering mcdonalds like fries on a 50$ steak

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1672 on: September 11, 2017, 03:24:26 PM »
I'm not arguing that the kosher restaurant scene is amazing, because it isn't.
You need to find out what a place specializes in.

If you get the burger and fries and izzy's that is your own fault. I don't want to hear complaints.

If you don't get the specialty sushi rolls like the Lion King/Dynamite and the specialty steaks like Garlic crusted/Wagyu/Delmonico at Shallots that is your own fault.

Nobody said everything they make is amazing. There is no kosher restaurant like that in the world!
I've ordered food like short ribs from Harbour Grill that were completely inedible. A bad dish doesn't make a bad restaurant.

The end.

Those are your personal preferences...as I said, the menu was uninspiring looking like it was drafted in the 90's. Nothing there made me want to try out dishes or plunge for a 50-100$ item.


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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1673 on: September 11, 2017, 03:27:26 PM »
I have for years taken issue with the harbor grill steakhouse offering mcdonalds like fries on a 50$ steak
Is that specific to Kosher? Most high-end kosher are that I've been to are not like that anyhow.
Just because things turned out a certain way doesn't mean you were right.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1674 on: September 11, 2017, 03:30:51 PM »
im stuck in chicago with some phenomenal wines, buy me dinner, i'll bring wine, change my mind.
I think you should try the braised BBQ short ribs. Great meal, and only $40. I'd also give their sushi another shot. Funny I say that as I stand here with their lead sushi chef
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1675 on: September 11, 2017, 03:33:42 PM »
I think you should try the braised BBQ short ribs. Great meal, and only $40. I'd also give their sushi another shot. Funny I say that as I stand here with their lead sushi chef

I said the sushi was great but it was a half roll. im eating leftovers for now

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1676 on: September 11, 2017, 03:36:47 PM »
im here till thurrsday, worse, im supposed to come back for rosh hashana FML.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1677 on: September 11, 2017, 03:37:44 PM »
I said the sushi was great but it was a half roll. im eating leftovers for now
If it was only a half-roll, pray tell how do you have leftovers?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1678 on: September 11, 2017, 03:41:42 PM »
For me, a burger is a great budget item while marked up about a 4 x, if the beef was ground fresh and cooked well, its a good deal.

Usually I see no justification in getting steak, i can go to the store, pick out insane marbling meat and with under 5 minutes of work on my part be done.


Now, take the harbor grill bistro, ive done many wine diners there. He has out of the world charcuterie, insane pulled beef ravioli and the list goes on.. or take tiera sur etc.

If I want the best steak in the world, I just go to my friend in woodmere, eat genourmes cowboy steaks aged 30/60/90 days, sous vided and seared

DO at Chevron's friend in Woodmere?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1679 on: September 11, 2017, 03:42:04 PM »
I thought this was the boo milts thread. When did it become the bash Shallots thread?

For the record: The best way to be disappointed by a restaurant is to go in with high expectations.