By Judi Gallagher
What happens when you take great Italian cuisine and blend it with the attitude of a happenin’ steakhouse, add some great Chinese and mix it well with friendly service, clean streets and an all-around big-city feel with small-town spirit? You get an eating vacation of a lifetime in one of the nicest cities in the world:
Gibson’s service is on a level like no other.
On our most recent visit it took but five minutes to drop our bags at the hotel and hop into a cab to the
Riva’s won my heart from it’s name.
Perhaps the most touching was our visit to
Riva’s. My Mom’s name was Riva and walking at the Navy Pier (a bit touristy but worth checking out) I stopped right in my tracks to admire the sign and take a picture. Riva’s is about seafood and beautiful views of the lake and city, but it is also about the food. The cedar-planked salmon with Asian BBQ sauce was cooked a perfect medium rare, as requested, and the fish and chips, light tempura style, were just delightful. Skip the crab cakes, though—Ezra in
The three best of show in
Ben Pao Chinese Restaurant. The crab
Crab rangoon gets new respect at Ben Pao.
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