On the Road Eats: Chicago

I have something to share with you.

Shame on me.  I relied on the concierge to recommend a restaurant.  My colleague and I were on different schedules so dinner was a “whenever” type of event.  The company was good, but dinner……what a shame.  Lunches – fantastic…..and yes, I spent some time picking those spots.

River Roast
Loved this spot.  We ate outside, had a view of the river and the weather was in the 70’s(yes..in November!)  Our appetizer –  the shrimp and crab toast with avocado and then for my meal, I ordered the local beet salad with ricotta and added steak. WOW..fantastic lunch and a new salad idea that I may be able to make at home!

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Star of Siam
Nope- definitely not a star. For me or my colleague. And yes, pictures can be deceiving.  The dumplings were good, fine, ok but our main dishes- nope, not good. I always order either Pad Thai or Pad See Ew and opted for the latter on this night.  Convenient to walk from our hotel but convenience doesn’t outweigh a bad meal.  I should have walked the extra block to Eataly. Sorry Star of Siam- I won’t be back.

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Siena Tavern
IMG_4848YES!!!  I chose right and can say we had a second fabulous meal in Chicago!!  I had wanted to go for dinner(instead of Star of Siam) but they had no availability and I did not have a reservation.  It was lunch and I wanted something to keep me full for my flight home but not something too overwhelming since I had one more meeting.  I ordered the Butternut Squash Tortellacci and it was the perfect lunch.  I will definitely be back to this spot.

I have another trip to Chicago early next year- any suggestions??

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