Thanks, gordeaux! My friend is Indian, so I might have mentioned not going that route, although I love Indian food.
I'm from downstate Illinois and don't get into the suburbs too much, but I'm sure they have great food options for someone willing to experience everything!
Here's the deal: I'm in the suburbs (around Bartlett) for 1 night only (Tuesday, November 9th, to be exact). My friend and I are both vegetarians and are looking for somewhere novel to eat. I'm a poor college student, but I can splurge ($50 a person is probably my limit).
Nothing is really off-limits. We're both ovo-lacto vegetarians, so it's not totally restrictive.
I have a car, but we wouldn't want to go further than a half hour or so away.
Mine rose plenty. It's really important to let the butter soften, not melt it, so you can make seed bubbles with the sugar to aid leavening.
The only complaint I had about my cake was the texture. The crumb was a little tough. Maybe I overcooked it. Other than that, delicious!