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Places to Eat on your Chicago Honeymoon

Where can you find world-class cuisine of all types at super-reasonable prices? Chicago. From tapas to American comfort food to traditional French, there’s something for every honeymooning couple.

Tapas has come to the Windy City with a bang! Visit Sangria, which serves up top-notch Spanish food in a sprightly, modern setting. These are dishes     you’ll want to share on your honeymoon, like marinated, grilled mussels with chipotle mojo and fresh tomato; crisp-fried calamari, and serrano ham           with manchego cheese. Then sample the huge selection of tapas, like    ceviche of ahi tuna, bacon-wrapped dates, warm goat cheese, or chicken enchiladas.  And with prices between $3.50 and $7 each, you’ll want to order just about everything. Or honeymooners may want to try the seafood paella, grilled swordfish, or oven-roasted chicken with green olives, Spanish onions and garlic. And whatever you do, be sure to order the eponymous drink; there’re even specialty sangrias, like white peach, raspberry, and mango, as well as scores of sultry Spanish cocktails like a Spanish mimosa and      mojitos. Oh,and Sangria has a small but fun wine list – check out the rose champagne! The perfect way to toast a honeymoon!

Tru’s motto is “fine dining with a sense of humor.” The minimalist in honeymooners will revel in this exquisitely designed restaurant. Its all-white decor, especially its sheer white drapes, give it a hushed, serene ambience,   a sense of perfect calm-how romantic for a honeymoon. Every detail is   perfect, from striking artwork to exquisitely designed plates (order the    “stairway to caviar heaven,” where three kinds of caviar crown each step of a three-tiered, staircase-shaped plate!) And of course, glassware, flatware and linens are all top-notch. Tru’s extensive, cutting-edge, well-balanced wine list features wines from hot, up and coming areas that complement the light, seafood-based menu (prix fixe only) with Asian-Mediterranean influences. You might start your meal with langoustine ravioli with edamame and l      emongrass-kaffir lime emulsion, or butter-poached Maine lobster, or swan  creek ricotta gnocchi. For entrees, go for the roasted milk-fed veal      tenderloin or the veal sweetbread ragout with sauce surpreme. But be         sure to save room for dessert; try the chocolate mousse crepe with banana bisque and candied mint, or an old-fashioned root beer float. Both are divine! What a romantic honeymoon dinner!

Fuse at Hotel 71
Critics and lay-diners agree (along with honeymooners): French-American cuisine is fabulous at Fuse, where a simply presented menu lets the flavors       in the dishes speak for themselves. Try the yellow and red beet carpaccio     with frisee, mache, orange supremes, chives and truffle vinaigrette, or chef Aubriot’s signature dish, seared foie gras with bittersweet chocolate sauce–    it’s just perfect a cold winter evening for two honeymooners. Then dive into roasted black cod with poached egg, black olives, truffles, and zucchini    puree, or braised short ribs with parsnip puree, glazed Brussels sprouts and braising liquid. Whatever you do, don’t rush: this is “slow food” made to be enjoyed leisurely! Ah, the relaxation of a honeymoon.

I recommend a stay at Hotel 71, where style and design meet form and function. Here is a hotel committed to helping its clients take care of business smoothly, then relax when work is done. Urban and sophisticated yet proud of its Midwestern values, it’s a friendly yet elegant environment.

Heaven on Seven                                                                                        For a fun and exciting night out on your honeymoon, Heaven on Seven is the best Cajun restaurant outside of New Orleans! This cozy family-run joint really   is heaven for Cajun lovers. If you’re craving an oyster po’ boy, jambalaya, chicken fried steak or New Orleans-style BBQ, Heaven on Seven is it. And lovers of all things hot n’ spicy can bring a unique hot sauce to add to the     Wall of Fire, an extensive collection of hot sauces around the world. There's some spice for your honeymoon!

South Water Kitchen
If you’re looking for old-fashioned comfort with an upscale twist on your honeymoon, look no further than South Water Kitchen, adjacent to hot,       trendy Hotel Monaco. Located in the loop, South Water Kitchen harkens      back to a time when dinner was an important event, never something eaten      in a rush while standing at the kitchen counter. Warm lighting, rich colors,       and fringed lamps on the tables are reminiscent of a stately Chicago saloon circa 1910, and reasonable prices will certainly make honeymooners feel      like you’re traveling back in time. Order a drink from the bustling bar, then     start with a hearty butternut squash soup or a deviled-eggs salad. Then move on to one of the wide selection of sandwiches, like hickory-smoked turkey pastrami with cranberry mayonnaise on country rosemary bread. Stick-to-your-ribs entrees could include sautéed tilapia accompanied by mashed potatoes, spinach, and caper-butter pan sauce, or crock-simmered pot roast with root cellar vegetables and smoked pepper gravy. This is truly an anti-fast-food establishment!




If You Go:

901 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL 60622

71 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

South Water Kitchen
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Heaven on Seven (on Wabash)
11 North Wabash Ave., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
312 263-6443

676 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Sheree Bykofsky is the author of The Best Places to Kiss in and Around NYC and the 52 Most Romantic Dates in and Around NYC