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Phil's RSNA Dining Picks

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | November 23, 2011
From the November 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Chicago has more than 18,000 restaurants. These are my favorite.

For many, going to RSNA means a chance to treat yourself - or a client - to a nice dinner. Here are some of the best places I've found over the years. Some are well-known, Michelin-starred palaces of fine-dining. Others are neighborhood favorites, cherished by locals. All will give you a great meal.

Greek Isles Greek, big nicely designed rooms, classic Greek fare, professional wait staff, always on top of list for Greektown restaurants.$$
200 S. Halsted. 312- 782-9855

Cocco Pazzo Italian, traditional and contemporary Tuscan in energetic, nicely designed space a favorite of RSNA goers for years. $$$
300 W. Hubbard. 312-836-0900

Piccolo Sogno Neighborhood atmosphere with unusually good food. $$$
464 N. Halsted Street. 312-421-0077

Le Colonial French Vietnamese in a leafy, shuttered colonial atmosphere. Exceptional food and service in a lush setting. Wonderful soups and fish, good variety of dishes. For smaller and mid size groups. $$$
937 N. Rush. 312-255-0088

Cafe Iberico Spanish tapas prepared to perfection. You'd think you were in Spain, vivacious, casual environment which can
accommodate larger groups. $$
737 N. LaSalle Drive. 312-573-1510

Frontera Grill Mexican, upscale and creative cuisine by famous PBS chef Rick Bayless, international reputation. $$$$
455 N. Clark. 312-661-1434

Hatchi's Kitchen Japanese/Sushi. Out of the way, but among best Sushi in Chicago. Contemporary dining room, top notch service. $$$
2521 N. California. 773-276-8080

North Pond Café Renowned for upscale American dishes with interesting French influence, use of local farms. $$$
2610 N. Cannon Drive. 773-477-5845

Reza's Persian, wide variety of Persian Kabobs, fish, lentil soup, dill rice. Well-suited for larger groups. $$
5255 N.Clark Street. 773-561-1898

Tango Sur Argentine Steak House, with variety of succulent steak dishes with real Argentine beef, intimate, convivial environment. $$
3763 N. Southport. 773-477-5466

Gibson's American Steak House, a Chicago power-broker favorite, great food and drinks. Swagger in and out with the big boys. $$$$
1028 N. Rush. 312-266-8999

La Scarola Italian, hole-in-the-wall and always popular. Fresh pasta, risotto to die for, real Italian. For smaller groups. $$
721 West Grand. 312-243-1740

Mia Francesca Italian, favorite among Chicagoans near Wrigley field, know for their pasta and fish, wonderful salads. $$$
3311 N. Clark. 773-281-3310

Adobo Grill Mexican, exceptional cuisine in smartly designed space, next to Second City, possibly world's best guacamole prepared at table. $$$
1610 North Wells Street. 312- 266-7999

Twin Anchors Ribs, perhaps country's best in restaurant/bar setting. Was frequented by Sinatra. $$
1655 North Sedgwick Street 312-266-1616

Kiki's Bistro French, classic fare in relaxed environment. Run by French family with high standards, like a visit to French countryside. $$$
900 N. Franklin Street 312-335-5454

Gene and Georgetti's American Steak House, loved by Chicagoans. $$$$
500 North Franklin Street. 312-527-3718

Salpicon Mexican: Highly Innovative chef, for aficionados, low key, mostly locals. $$$
1252 North Wells Street. 312-988-7811

Tru Contemporary/Fusion/Eclectic, for serious foodies and those who really appreciate creativity. $$$$
767 N. St. Clair 312-202-0001

Texas De Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse,Huge variety of grilled meats, great starter buffet, and woman who fetches wines on trapeze from three story wall. Good for large groups who want to be entertained. $$$$
51 E. Ohio. 312-670-1006

Arun's Thai: Highly Creative, menu changes daily, legendary chef known far and wide for innovation and range of flavors. $$$$
4156 North Kedzie. 773-539-1909

Lao Hunan Chinese, wide range of Hunan dishes a favorite of the Chinese themselves. In Chinatown near McCormick Place, simple setting. $$$
2230 S. Wentworth 312-842-7888

Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro, solid classic bistro in beautiful look out onto lush green Lincoln Park. Steak au Poivre very satisfying. $$$
2300 N. Lincoln Park West. 312-348-8666

Blackbird Contemporary/Regional. Fine dining, part of Chicago restaurants in vanguard of cuisine, chef from celebrated restaurant Alinea. $$$$
690 W. Randolf. 312-715-0708

Boka Contemporary/Regional. Creative, innovative cuisine, chef from world-famous Charlie Trotter's.$$$
1729 N. Halsted. 312-337-6070

Chicago Q Bar-b-que specialty bar-b-que with creative flair. $$$
1160 N. Dearborn. 312-642-1160

L20 Contemporary/Regional/Seafood, in very elegant contemporary setting. Michelin rated and for those serious about food. $$$$$
2300 N. Lincoln Park West. 773-868-0002

Marigold Indian/Pakistani Fusion, a contemporary treatment of classical dishes. Near world class jazz club The Green Mill. $$
4832 N. Broadway. 773-293-4653

RIA Seafood, Global, Fusion, a newer member of the thriving Chicago restaurant scene with young highly inventive chefs. $$$$$
11 E. Walton. 312-880-4400

Russian Tea Time Russian Old World, classic Russian in classic old world setting. Must try classical vegetable platter. $$$$
77 E. Adams. 312-360-0000

Spiaggia Italian. Chicago Reader calls it "Stunning Setting, Stunning Food, Stunning Bill." For those with expense accounts. $$$$
980 N. Michigan Avenue. 312-280-2750

Takashi Contemporary/Region Japanese/Sushi/French in hip/artsy Bucktown location. Wonderful food - loud setting. $$$
1952 N. Damen. 773-772-6170

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