Many thanks for all of the suggestions. We had a great trip and hit Oasis cafe, Bongo Room, Pizanos, and Greek Islands. The kids declared that 'greek food is now their favorite'! I wanted to hit Lou Malnati's, but one of the kids got sick and we opted for takeout from the closest place we could find (Pizano's). I'm heading back for a weekend with a friend in a few weeks and am looking forward to trying a few more of the suggestions! Thanks again- makes a trip much more enjoyable to know the good spots to eat.
----- Bongo Room 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Thanks for the many suggestions. I love the idea of Greektown or Chinatown- nice to get some ethnic foods that aren't too well represented here in Mpls. Cafecito looks great and I'm sure one of the Italian places or The Gage will work well for dinner. Appreciate all of the additional suggestions- I can't wait! (And will definitely substitute Pizanos for Giordanos.)
----- Cafecito 26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605
Hi, I'm traveling to Chicago next week for a long weekend with hubby and twin 10 year old boys. We're coming from Mpls by train and staying near the art institute. I've found a bunch of options for breakfast/lunch- Bongo room, Hannah's Bretzel, Wow Bao, Oasis cafe, ... But I'd be interested in more suggested options for dinner. The kids do manage well with nice restaurants (especially with a book along!). We don't want to go really fancy, but good food in a ~business casual atmosphere. On my short list so far are Frontera Grill, Gioco, Amarit Thai, and Giordano's for pizza. Any comments on these or other suggestions along these lines (or anything else!)? Thanks for the help!
----- Frontera Grill 445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Wow Bao Restaurant 175 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Gioco 1312 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605
Amarit Thai Restaurant 1 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
Appreciate the heads up on the location. Were were regular BART riders when we lived in the bay area, so I think we could handle that. My kids go to a Spanish Immersion school and I was excited about exposing them to some authentic mayan/mexican.
Hi, My husband and two boys (both 9) will be traveling to SF for vacation (coming from Minneapolis). We'll be staying near the wharf, with no car and only from T-Fri (bummer, no Ferry building farmer's market.). We're not interested in fancy, but do want to eat good food! I'm interested in good 'neighborhood type' restaurants. My definition: relatively casual, not too expensive (not that important), would be reasonable with kids, and in the Union square/embarcadero/north beach/fisherman's wharf type area. Italian and seafood would be priorities. I'd also like to do Chinese. We used to live in the south bay ~10 years ago and my husband fondly remembers an Italian place called Cafe Sport. I can't find it- is there something similar now? A few places I found from other posts that looked good to me were: Dotties, Mamas, Tadich Grill, Poc Chuc, Yank Sing, 1550 Hyde Any suggestions? Thanks!