A “Hidden” Treasure

Bandera is one of those great restaurants that seems to be “hiding” in plain sight. It’s in the middle of downtown Chicago right on Michigan Avenue and it has a huge sign that you almost can’t miss and yet, until about 3 years ago, I’d never ventured in. It took someone from Ohio to tell me about it!

Since then Bandera has been one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Chicago for several reasons
1) great food that isn’t too fussy – but definitely interesting and always delicious
2) a place that I can recommend or take anyone to because of its diverse (although not large) menu – from delicious burgers and fries to Prime Rib (not to mention always interesting fish of the day and other specials)
3) casual but fabulous ambience (excellent for solo dining or for taking a colleague to lunch or dinner) with a jazz trio that starts at 6:00 every night and several tables pulled right up to large windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue below
4) moderate prices that won’t blow the expense account budget

I go to Bandera almost everytime I’m in Chicago for work. Sometimes I’ve gone more than once. It’s the coleslaw… I’m addicted!

Menu: Eclectic American
Faves: The coleslaw (wish I had some right now!!), burgers (Bandera chops their meat fresh everyday), the “fall off the bone” barbecue beef back ribs (comes with coleslaw :>)
Just an FYI: The jazz trio (piano, bass guitar, drum) sets up toward the front of the resaurant, where the windows are – If you’re with colleagues and you need to talk, ask for a table more toward the back (still great ambience and you’ll still be able to hear the music.)
Also, they don’t take reservations for parties larger than four.

535 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(then click on Bandera)

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Susan Brauer

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Like many of you, I travel for work -- A lot! But believe it or not, I actually pretty much love it. I've become a bona fide business travel tourist by finding quick things to do when I find myself with the bits of free time that we business travelers sometimes get (i.e. after meetings and before dinner.) especially if I'm in a great city like Chicago, NY or San Francisco. Because we never have much time, this blog is all about quick, easy, inexpensive/free things to do in some of the cities I travel to along with recommendations for restaurants that are great for meals with colleagues, but also perfectly comfortable for solo dining. So maybe next time you find that you have a few minutes to yourself on a business trip, before you just automatically head for your hotel room, barricade yourself in with your computer and cell phone and order room service, you'll be inspired to become a business travel tourist and start loving your business travel too. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and let me and other readers know if you have tips, or recommendations. Happy Travels!

One thought on “A “Hidden” Treasure”

  1. Recommending restaurants that are "perfectly comfortable for solo dining"?

    You GO GIRL!!!

    Let travelers know about these wonderful restaurants and encourage others to put out the welcome mat for ALL solos!

    Marya Charles Alexander, Editor SoloDining.com

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