Looking for a great place to take your date for a power lunch during the middle of the day? Or wanting to relax after hours, when you have more time for canoodling in dark corners and getting to know each other better over a glass of wine?
Check out these hot spots for great fare that won't break the bank and is sure to impress.
Chicago Dating Examiner's Favorite: Cibo Matto! The name translates to "crazy food" - but if anything, it's crazy delicious. The menu includes well-prepared traditional favorites as well as more modern interpretations of regional Italian fare. Great wine list. Average bill (for two): $50-70. Check out this great spot on the second floor of The Wit Hotel at 201 N. State Street, Chicago, 60601 or call (312) 239-9500.
More savory options:
Keefer's: This award-winning steakhouse has been a Chicago mainstay since 2001. The menu features some of the juiciest, most succulent steaks around. Well-appointed rooms, open for both lunch and dinner. Rated best in Chicago on Playboy's top 10 Best American Steakhouses. Average bill: $60 (Lunch), $90-100 (Dinner). Located at 20 West Kinzie Street, 60654 or call (312) 467-9525.
Hackney's Printer's Row: Menu boasts casual fare like pastas and some well-crafted burgers with ranging form the classic Hackneyburger to black bean and even buffalo. Average bill: $30-40. Check it out at 733 S. Dearborn, Chicago, 60605 or call (312) 461-1116.
South Water Kitchen: American comfort food at its best, good for a more casual date. Just blocks away from the Theater District, so it's perfect for a quick bite after a show. Average bill: $30-50. Head to 225 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 60602 or call (312) 236-9300.
The Gage: Looking for an Irish pub with traditional fare and plenty of great brews? Check out this spot, across from Millennium Park. Chef Dirk Flanigan's hearty menu includes lamb chops and roasted elk with garlic mashed potatoes and juniper gravy. Average bill: $30-50. Located at 24 S Michigan, Chicago, 60603 or call (312) 372-4243.