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Chicago Restaurant Week

I participated more in Chicago Restaurant Week this weekend than I have ever before in my life.  Seriously, I had two Chicago Restaurant Week dinners this weekend and I've only ever gone to one restaurant for Chicago Restaurant Week before in my life.

Personally, I don't love it.  I hear some places give the perception you're getting a good deal, but if you don't know better they can rip you off.  (I don't know better.  I don't eat at fancy places like that.)  And they make it so difficult for vegetarians.  Yes, they post the menus online, but you have to click through every single one to see if they have a vegetarian option.  (Most of them don't.)  And I get bored and frustrated.  It's just not worth it to me.  You can select Italian, etc. you would think they could throw vegetarian in there for a sort field.

So how did I go to two over the weekend you ask?

#1 My friend and I had plans to hit up Chicago Diner Friday night and it just so happened they had a Restaurant Week menu, which was a pretty fantastic deal.  (Yes, we added up all the prices.)  $33 for two:  one app, two entrees, two desserts.  $16.50 each.  Boom.
Everything was delicious!
dessert photos

#2 My sister, Karen, wanted to go so I clicked through the menus until I found one with a vegetarian option.  Yep, we went to the first one I found because I stopped clicking after that.  And then the morning of, I double checked the menu and I must have confused myself because it definitely didn't have a vegetarian option.  So I quickly canceled that and started the search all over.  We ended up at Trenchermen, where we went for a really delicious birthday brunch a few weeks ago.  The vibe was definitely different at night and they were really nice and the waiter went through the entire menu with me for all my vegetarian options.  Yummy!
dark chocolate s'more dessert!

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