Fornetto and Mei's KitchenSouth Loop | Website
Map | Find Parking
This South Loop sibling to the Whitehall Hotel's Fornetto Mei has the same menu mix of Asian and Italian, but they've added American fare to the lineup. Fornetto is set-up food court-style with a variety of stations like rotisserie, pasta, panini, Asian and wood-fired thin-crust pizza. Staffers give you a "credit" card; move from station to station, pay at the end, and staffers will bring the food to your table. The decor is as global as the menu; each station is themed to match the cuisine. There is a showy floor-to-ceiling walk-in wine tower; grab a glass at the 40-foot wine bar or take a bottle to go. Seasonal outdoor seating is popular; the sidewalk cafe looks across Michigan Avenue onto Grant Park.