When I need a sit-down lunch option, I seldom need to stray far from North Michigan Avenue to do it. The Mag Mile is dotted with restaurants that appeal to both tourists and locals alike.
When I’m in the mood for seafood, I make plans to visit GT Fish & Oyster (531 N Wells Street). With a delectable selection of oysters, salads, and hot dishes, what really draws me for lunch is the Lobster Roll. It’s piled with just the right amount of lobster salad, and the bread is perfectly sized so you can actually take a bite and not squish half the contents down your shirt. It’s one of the few sandwiches I can eat and remain elegant. I also love the tuna poke at GT, and if you have room, a cup of clam chowder is not to be missed. Reservations strongly recommended.
When I need convenience and taste, The Purple Pig (500 N Michigan Avenue) is an impressive choice. Though it’s only a few steps from the hustle and bustle, it manages to whisk you away to Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s world of succulent meats, cheeses, spreads and small dishes. A platter of the cured meats is great for a crowd, but I like to pop in for the shaved brussel sprouts or a deviled egg and a whipped feta smear.
I go to Slurping Turtle (116 W Hubbard Street) for fast, satisfying Japanese fare that’s a step above and beyond. Whether it’s something from the grill, a bento box or a eponymous bowl of Slurping Turtle noodles and black shrimp, I’m simultaneously blissed by the comfort food and wondering how many hours until dinner and a possible return visit to sample the full menu.
Fortunately a quick return isn’t out of the question when all three restaurants are just steps away from Michigan Avenue!