When compared to traditional cuisine, contemporary recipes feature innovative ingredient use, international influences, and much less wainscoting. Try a modern meal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American fare at Café Med.
Café Med reaps harvests of vital victuals from farms across the Midwest, whisking them into the city to satisfy urban urges for fresh, seasonal fare. Stop in for a sumptuous dinner, sampling entrees such as the New York strip from Dietzler Farm, with baby carrots, whipped potatoes, and caramelized shallots ($29), or the almond and preserved-lemon bedecked halibut served with chickpea succotash ($26). Diners can also merge their meal with more than 60 different wines by the glass, such as an Umbrian Campogrande Orvieto Classico ($9) or a bold 2006 Lyeth Sonoma Coast pinot noir ($12).
For breakfast, peruse the extensive full buffet ($22) or sample single-serving succulents, such as the three-egg omelette, fluffy protein pillows stuffed with Wisconsin cheddar, ham, tomatoes, mushroom, and spinach ($14). For lunch, perk up a mopey mouth with sandwiches such as the crispy Lake Superior whitefish sandwich with gribiche sauce and Kennebec potato chips ($13).
Situated in the Hilton Suites Chicago, just a half-dozen leap-frogs away from the Magnificent Mile, Café Med offers cozy confines where downtown denizens can warm up jaw muscles for a day of fast-talking or relax business-weary mouths with a luxurious dinner.