A Dazzling New Hotspot: deca

When you think of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel, you immediately think of stuffy older folks with plenty of cash to spare on really expensive dishes. Well, that has changed! A new resturant, Deca Restaurant + Bar, which opened in May, is already winning fans throughout the Windy City. And, get this, it seems to have removed all the stereotypes you once had about the five star hotel. Its not pretentious, stuffy and you won't feel underdressed if you show up in jeans and a T-shirt.  

Located just off the lobby on the 12th floor, deca is wide open, airy (the atrium lounge area is still in place) and has spacious seating. And, in keeping with dining rooms in top-caliber hotels, the table appointments -- cloth, table lamps, tableware -- are of the highest quality. It truly has art deco elegance and a  glorious view of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers.

Its the perfect spot to gather with friends and enjoy one of the 40 wines by the glass, and under the leadership of Chef Mark Payne, the menu is inspired by French brasserie cooking.  Entree choices ranged from fillets of pan-seared sea bass with lemon, fennel and new potatoes to an elaborate arrangement of trofie that was combined with fresh Manila clams and rapini. My absolute favorite was the steak frite; mouthwatering steak and truly deliciously flavored french fries, made the experience absolutely superb. I would order this dish again in a heartbeat.

And, the really cool thing is that the restaurant also offers iPads for guest use, rechargeable table lighting and eco-friendly cups for coffee to go. How cool is that?!?

You can catch me at this hotspot regularly. 

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