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restaraunt/tavern recommendations?

my cousin is going to be in town over the weekend and wants to get together for a few beers. He's staying at the Palmer House Hilton on Monroe, so a restaraunt or tavern within walking distance of there preferably. I'm poor and annoyed by trying to carry a conversation over loud music. Any recommendations? somewhere middle of the road - not a dive but not high society
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Cafe Iberico on La Salle and Chicago (good tapas place, no music, but can be loud). Iguana on Halsted and Milwaukee (good crepes and sandwiches, coffee and tea), la scarola on Grand (decent small Italian place, don't remember exactly how expensive that is, but wasn't expensive for sure). If you want beer, burgers and reasonably cheap, try Monk's Pub on Lake and Wells.

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cool man thanks. Any others places worth checking out? I know we have plenty of downtown people that enjoy a drink or 10 lol

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Cafe Iberico on La Salle and Chicago (good tapas place, no music, but can be loud). Iguana on Halsted and Milwaukee (good crepes and sandwiches, coffee and tea), la scarola on Grand (decent small Italian place, don't remember exactly how expensive that is, but wasn't expensive for sure). If you want beer, burgers and reasonably cheap, try Monk's Pub on Lake and Wells.
Iberico is fantastic. Inexpensive, decent seating and great tapas. Ironically the last time we went we saw two guys get into an all out fist fight....and this was 2 PM on a Sunday. Dinner and a show! But that's very atypical and I totally agree Cafe is a great place.

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Miller St across the st (on wabash is a pub with some good food)
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Those places are nice suggestions but Kevin asked for walking distance; Iberico is over 20 blocks away from the Hilton @ Monroe and State.

IMO the best pub in the loop is Elephant & Castle; there are three locations downtown but the closest location is on the northwest corner of Adams and Clark, which is just over 2 blocks west of the Hilton. Excellent selection of beers with lots of British beers on tap, and excellent pub food. I eat here often after work.

Miller's Pub is on the same block as the hotel and is a little more old timey and a slightly quietier astmosphere. Some may suggest Poag Mahone's, but it's usually packed and very loud in there.

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Bar 1221 at Mortons. But you would have to cab it there.

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I work right there and have pretty much for the last 15 years. Millers is a great spot!!!! Get a full slab of ribs and sit at the bar.
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It's a long walk.. but not 20 blocks... 10-12 or so (south of chicago on lasalle) (chicago being 800n - monroe being 100s - state being 0 and lasalle being 200 or 300w - gotta love the chicago grid)

+1 on Elephant and Castle although I would rate most of the food there as average..

I'd also add Russian Tea Room.. It's a nice rather authentic (or so I always believed) place.. Do some shots of Vodka with your waiter

Berghoff is always a classic.. Even if it really isn't what it used to be.. Was better when the old man ran it.

Harry Careys is really good.. Prime rib sandwich at lunch is awesome.

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That Cajun place on State and Kinzie... Red something.. ugh name escapes me.. Red Fish I think

Ditkas (best damn burger around... and every once in a while Mike will stop by to chat.. and you know what? I'm not really a celeb guy.. Normally couldn't give a shit.. but when Mike Ditka walks over.. asks how everything is going.. and pulls up a chair to chat for a few with your group.. that's pretty fuckin cool

and lets not forget Gibson/Hugos

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There are some good italian places on N state.. 500-600N are (south of Ontario.. on W side of St.. Authentic Italian names.. Tratoria Stato or something to that effect

Sorry if the list is getting a bit long.. Just a few places of varying quality I like in that area...

Come on over to the Grocery store next to my office.. They have a decent little cafe and 200$ a lb ham that Mort says rocks (i'm to cheap to find out... I'd rather go by a camera or something than a lb of ham)





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Those places are nice suggestions but Kevin asked for walking distance; Iberico is over 20 blocks away from the Hilton @ Monroe and State.

IMO the best pub in the loop is Elephant & Castle; there are three locations downtown but the closest location is on the northwest corner of Adams and Clark, which is just over 2 blocks west of the Hilton. Excellent selection of beers with lots of British beers on tap, and excellent pub food. I eat here often after work.

Miller's Pub is on the same block as the hotel and is a little more old timey and a slightly quietier astmosphere. Some may suggest Poag Mahone's, but it's usually packed and very loud in there.
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It's a long walk.. but not 20 blocks... 10-12 or so (south of chicago on lasalle) (chicago being 800n - monroe being 100s - state being 0 and lasalle being 200 or 300w - gotta love the chicago grid)

+1 on Elephant and Castle although I would rate most of the food there as average..

I'd also add Russian Tea Room.. It's a nice rather authentic (or so I always believed) place.. Do some shots of Vodka with your waiter

Berghoff is always a classic.. Even if it really isn't what it used to be.. Was better when the old man ran it.

Harry Careys is really good.. Prime rib sandwich at lunch is awesome.

Keefers

That Cajun place on State and Kinzie... Red something.. ugh name escapes me.. Red Fish I think

Ditkas (best damn burger around... and every once in a while Mike will stop by to chat.. and you know what? I'm not really a celeb guy.. Normally couldn't give a shit.. but when Mike Ditka walks over.. asks how everything is going.. and pulls up a chair to chat for a few with your group.. that's pretty fuckin cool

and lets not forget Gibson/Hugos

Grotto on state

Ginos East (go to the one on Superior in Streeterville)

Melting Pot

Rock Bottom

There are some good italian places on N state.. 500-600N are (south of Ontario.. on W side of St.. Authentic Italian names.. Tratoria Stato or something to that effect

Sorry if the list is getting a bit long.. Just a few places of varying quality I like in that area...

Come on over to the Grocery store next to my office.. They have a decent little cafe and 200$ a lb ham that Mort says rocks (i'm to cheap to find out... I'd rather go by a camera or something than a lb of ham)
Half of those are over a mile away. And if they are going this weekend they won't want to walk in the shitty weather.
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Half of those are over a mile away. And if they are going this weekend they won't want to walk in the shitty weather.
I would say most are less than a mile...
Chicago Ave is about a mile North.. I kept almost everything in that area (Gibsons and some of the exp ones are a bit N of that.. but they are worth the cab fair (shit.. cab fair is what.. 3/4 the cost of a baked mutant potato there.. so it's not really a deciding factor)

Side note.. big as I am .. I figure 1mile to be walking distance.. especially for a weekend..

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the loop dies at night and on weekends.. have to get them a bit N to get out of that..

I didn't list Mondays (right next door.. State/Jackson) where I used to go.. because most of the reason I went is I knew all the staff... Although they do have a pretty decent chicken philly and their drink prices aren't bad.

I didn't list all of the "i work on the stock exchange and start drinking at 4pm" bars in west loop either.. not sure which are open now.. and I never really frequented them all that often.. some were cool.. I'll leave that to someone who knows them better
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wow thanks for all the suggestions. My cousin is a california boy so he may be afraid of walkin more than a few blocks in chicago weather haha. I'm hoping to be in, chat, eat and or drink, and out, in 2 hours. Close is key because of the weather but moreso I don't want to feel compelled to give the guy a ride anywhere...he can be a tool.

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good times everything worked out well. We went to the elephant and castle first and then head over to millers pub for the rest of the night. thanks all for the suggestions, made it easy for a guy who heads downtown once a year at best

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Did you have the ribs at Millers? That is the only reason i go there
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I was tempted but I make a rediculous mess eating ribs when I'm sober, let alone halfway drunk. We went there because the kitchen was closed at e&c and I saw miller's when parking. I'm not planning on running back but it wasn't bad. I stuck with the ol liquid diet of fat tire and my cousin ordered up the crab cakes.

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