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American Restaurant$$
Today 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
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71 E Upper Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601
71 East Upper Wacker DriveUSIllinoisChicago60601
$$American Restaurant, Diner
American Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Today 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday 6:30 AM – 11:00 PMFriday 6:30 AM – 12:00 AMSaturday 6:30 AM – 12:00 AMSunday ClosedMonday 6:30 AM – 11:00 PMTuesday 6:30 AM – 11:00 PMWednesday 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
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Modern restaurant in Hotel 71 offering creative, locally sourced twists on American tavern eats.- Google
"The lobster mac & cheese is actually quite good and underpriced."
"It is not like the bar was crowded - it wa half empty."
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V Neelakantan
3 months ago
First visit with my guests from London. The beer that I ordered did not even come for 30 minutes because the barrel was apparently being changed - ridiculous!! It is not like the bar was crowded - it wa half empty. I then cancelled my beer while my guests got their drink after 30 minutes. The guy serving us appeared drunk and had no regrets that it took so much time. Never ever going their again.
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Tristan Pence
a year ago
We came to Hoyt's on a whim, and I was struck by how hard the place is trying. And how terribly uncomfortable that makes it. Atmosphere wise, it's fine. Not terribly nice, but not terribly well put together either. The colours are incongruous and the music is a yuppie nightmare of Vampire Weekend and Yael Naim. Both of which I like in a decent setting. Like I said, trying too hard. The lobster mac & cheese is actually quite good and underpriced. It has much more meat in it than any other I've had, and the ingredients are first rate. The calamari was pretty solid ingredients wise too, but was ruined by presentation and lack of forethought. It's packed into a tiny, expensive looking, mini-frying basket that crushes the leftover oils together and makes the flakes of breading fall off as you flail helplessly, unsuccessfully to dip the limp pieces into the all-too-heavy sauce that does nothing to compliment such fine squid that would be better served by simple lemon and pepper. Point is, the breading could have been more robust because of the way it was served. What really slayed me was my burger. From the description it is a high end burger, made well, and constructed with care out of good meats. I got a burned white bun on a falling over tower of mediocre meat which was similarly over cooked with the wrong cheese and zero seasoning. Oh, and the ketchup was in a tiny cute little flip-top can. Yay. I ate maybe a quarter of it and then packed it up. I write this two days later and I am so throughly displeased with my $17 burger that I have called Hoyt's to let them know I can't eat even my leftovers. Off the top of my head Flemming's, Leamon Tree, and Fat Shallot all have a better, cheaper, less neurotic meal. Oh, and Shallot is damn food truck.
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Jamel Russell
a year ago
I ended a girls night here to celebrate Valentines day! I had the Grapefruit Paloma which was delicious. My friends got the Rock Crab Cakes over risotto, It was so good. Another ordered the burger which was slamming. I wanted to try something different and ordered the Lobster Mac' and Cheese. It wasn't bad, just not for me! Overall good vibes and had a very friendly server.
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Jay Denebeim
3 years ago
This is the first meal I've had here in Chicago that was really good. It was a riff on basic american pub fare, everything started out with pretty ordinary descriptions, but they all ended up with extra flavors that raised the food from the normal to the extraordinary. Zagatz rates it a 26 and I agree. We started with a pretzel with a couple of sauces. The pretzel was obviously made there and was a good example of its type. The sauces were okay, the mustard was a good hearty one that you'd expect for a pretzel, the cheese sauce I really couldn't place, it was okay, but did not have much character. Needed more garlic ;-) The second appetizer was a deep fried cheese curd with a tomato based sauce. The cheese was fine, but the sauce was extraordinary. It used an Italian pallet of flavors and was quite nice. Dinner was a hamburger with fries. Ostensibly. The burger was actually Kobe beef and was quite good, cooked on a grill so there was some smoke in it, and was lightly seasoned. The cheddar was a good quality one, well aged and flavorful. The bun was home made, toasted, and good although mine was a bit small for the meat and by the time I finished it'd gotten pretty soggy. On top were three very nice onion rings, there was some flavoring in the breading, probably a bit of garlic powder so I was happy there. The fries were good ones deep fried, then sprinkled with some cheese and truffle oil. Very tasty as well. All in all I was pleasantly surprised, I've been having bad luck with Chicago restaurants so far, this one I would recommend.
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Joel Ward
a year ago
Good food. Reasonably priced. Never had a bad meal there! Last time I went I had the scallops and a hot pretzel. Both came out hot and tasty. Staff was nice and helpful with drink selections.
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Nils Loewen
a year ago
Very good contemporary, well priced for lunch
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Craig Allen
3 years ago
Had a delicious and generous Caesar salad with very nicely done salmon, quite adequate for a dinner, on their sidewalk cafe. Traffic was a little loud but typical for the area. Service was friendly and prompt.
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Michael Berman
4 years ago
I live in the neighborhood....and I walked by this place dozens of times. I met the staff when they were donating their time at a charity outing. I stopped by the next night and I was DELIGHTED! I discovered a friendly bar with great food. Not just bar food... But some other wonderful choices. I am looking forward to coming back very soon!