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Thanksgiving dinner/lunch for 8

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out and also the diningindc site.

Thanksgiving dinner/lunch for 8

We will be visiting DC during the week of Thanksgiving and staying near Dupont Circle. We would like to have Thanksgiving dinner/lunch somewhere not too far afield and without breaking the bank-not budget but a decent value. I'm looking for good food but not necessarily gourmet. There will be 3 children with us, ages 9-13. They are well behaved but a fairly family friendly restaurant would be best.

Your suggestions will be appreciated.

Restaurants near Sanctuary at Camelback

Thanks for all of the helpful replies. We ate at CPH last night and had a great meal and a great experience. I couldn't pass up the pork belly-even though it's far from my "light" schedule this weekend. Very tasty and the chef send a side of greens to mix it up a bit. You guys may get tired of hearing about it but it was great for a newbie. Husband was in a fish mood and was very happy with the special. Overall, a great experience and very different from anything at home. Our service was excellent and the waiter gave us a strong push after dinner to the affiliated cocktail speakeasy called Citizen R & D. They make artisan cocktails and, although, we usually drink wine, we loved it. The personal service and attention to detail made it feel like a dining experience. Nothing quite like stepping out of your comfort zone and hitting a home run!
Thinking about Cowboy Ciao for tonight. Bill hit the nail on the head when he mentioned Bayona-one of my favorites.
Merci beaucoup for the many the tips and ideas. You have a great board here.

Jun 09, 2012
GTCmom in Phoenix

Restaurants near Sanctuary at Camelback

Husband and I are taking a spur of the moment weekend trip to the Sanctuary for some spa and relaxation time. Yes, it will be hot but we're from N.O. So we won't be bothered much. We will have a car but wil probably not venture too far from the resort except for maybe one night if we are inspired by a great dining option. I'm not at all familiar with dining in AZ.
Any suggestions for 2-3 dinners? We get lots of good French and northern Italian at home so probably something else . I think we're in the mood for light and flavorful-lots of veggies,ceviche, or similar etc. after the spa time.

Jun 07, 2012
GTCmom in Phoenix

Suggestions for dining with teen-pizza and asian?

Wow, nsxtasy, what a wealth of information! Thank you for all of the suggestions and the details. Sunda looks like a great call for us-and you are right that she will like the vibe. We'll be having both pizza and dinner at one of the Spiaggia locations. I'll also check out a couple of your breakfast recs. Looking forward to some good eating!

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Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Nov 12, 2011
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Suggestions for dining with teen-pizza and asian?

I'm a bit behind the curve planning a long weekend with my husband and teenage daughter. We'll be in Chicago next weekend and I have been too busy to think about restaurants (something's wrong there). Obviously, we won't be snagging any hard-to-get reservations but I would appreciate a little advice.

Teen's tastes run beyond the usual to asian (sushi, thai, vietnamese) and because it's her birthday trip, we'll cater to her a little. She also enjoys italian and we would definitely like some Chicago pizza.

We'll be walking most places and are staying on E. Delaware near Michigan and spending some time shopping-probably Nordstom's and others. I'm hoping to find lunch and dinner not too far from the hotel/shopping. We will also go to the Apollo Theater Saturday night so dinner near there-if there is such a thing-would work.

I'm a first timer to Chicago. A friend says not to miss hot chocolate and breakfast at Xoco-other than that I'm starting from scratch. We're from New Orleans so we're much more about the food than what's trendy. Guidance would be much appreciated.

Nov 11, 2011
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Best Vegetable Dishes in Chinatown or Elsewhere?

If you are at Moon Palace and want a good veggie side, I loved the baby bok choy. Very simply prepared and delicious!

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Moon Palace Restaurant
216 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Oct 01, 2011
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Lunch between Stockbridge and Hartford Airport?

We'll be leaving Stockbridge Sunday and heading for flights at the Hartford Airport (BDL). We need to arrive at the airport around 1pm so I am thinking that an early lunch along the way might be a good idea. Any suggestions? We eat most everything but would probably prefer something on the light side (salad, light sandwich, ethnic, etc) before flying the rest of the day.

Jul 20, 2011
GTCmom in Southern New England

Where should I take a visitor from France?

Thanks to you all for the input. I couldn't get a res at Herbsaint and think I will try Cafe Degas.

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Jun 16, 2011
GTCmom in New Orleans

Where should I take a visitor from France?

I'm picking up a 20 year old frenchman (the son of a friend) at the NO airport tomorrow night and would like to drive him around the city a bit and then take him to dinner with my husband and two kids, ages 15 & 7. I don't think we want fine dining b/c of the kids and the fact that he'll likely tire early. I'm trying to think of something a bit bistro like, with an attractive setting and fairly light food (I have found that our traditional, heavy creole food takes a bit of getting used to for the French). After he's been here for a week or so we'll have po-boys and chargrilled oysters but I would like to get off to a slow start.

I've been to Herbsaint once several years ago and enjoyed it-would it fit the bill? I would welcome any thoughts or suggestions.

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jun 15, 2011
GTCmom in New Orleans

Breakfast near Copley Square and pizza/italian?

Thanks for the suggestions. They look like they will work well. We usually grab something quick and like to get on with the day.
Mgcmonkey, we arrive Friday and will be looking for a dinner spot within 4-6 blocks of the hotel. Do you think either Coppa or Parish Cafe would work? Should I try for a reservation?

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Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Jun 30, 2010
GTCmom in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast near Copley Square and pizza/italian?

I'll be in Boston next weekend with the kids and staying at the Marriot Copley Square.

My first question involves recs for a relatively quick breakfast in the neighborhood for 3 or 4 mornings. We don't need waitress service and would love a light/healthy option (fruit, yogurt, pastries).

Second, we'll be doing the usual touristy stuff: Freedom Trail, Science Museum, Fanueil Hall, fireworks on the 4th. I'm looking for any recommendations for meals that are not too expensive and locales that are relatively kid friendly. I'm not talking burgers and fries every day (although I'll go out of my way for a great burger) b/c the kids are pretty adventurous eaters. Of course, we have to do italian and/or pizza and I'd appreciate other suggestions for local cuisine. Fyi, we're from NO so pretty particular about seafood.

Jun 29, 2010
GTCmom in Greater Boston Area

Itinerary for group of 42-thanks for your help!

I spent some time on the phone earlier this week and have made my plans for the weekend after soliciting frequent input here. My son and I arrive tomorrow b/f the group and have dinner reservations at Sunda (he loved the menu and reviews).
We're going to find something fun for breakfast Saturday near the hotel, shop a bit and then arrive at Lao Sze Chuan about a half hour before the bus from the airport arrives with the gang. He and I will order for everyone so that the food is ready shortly after their arrival. By the way, when I told them we are a group of teens, she replied "no hot, hot". Dinner is at Medieval Times (the kids insisted).
Sunday we'll head to the Cubs game and then Giordano's nearby is expecting us afterwards. We're pre-ordering pizza and calling them when we leave the ballpark.
Monday is touring and lunch at Foodlife. Dinner at Portillos.
Many thanks to all of you for your assistance. I will file a report/review when we return.

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Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Medieval Times
2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195

Foodlife
835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 29, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Lunch between Midway and Museum for a group?

So here's my quandry: we currently have plans for pizza at Giordano's near Wrigley on Sunday after the Cubs game. They have us on the book for the banquet room at 4:30 and we are planning on pre-ordering and then going to Blue Man (the Headmaster wants to do it all). If we stick with the original plan then I'm still searching for lunch on arrival-possibly in Chinatown. I could switch pizza to our arrival day but that leaves me with a hole between the Cubs game and Blue Man-and not alot of time to work with. What do you guys recommend?

Apr 27, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Lunch between Midway and Museum for a group?

Yes, nsxtasy, rain looks like a decent possibility this weekend. We may be a bit constrained by the weather but we'll manage a great time anyway. We're from New Orleans so a little rain won't slow us down. The temp looks pretty warm (50s to low 70s) but I am guessing it will be overcast and there might be some wind so it might feel a little cooler? It's so warm here already that I have trouble gauging the "feels like" temp.

Apr 27, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Lunch between Midway and Museum for a group?

One more question about eating in Chicago with a group of 40 high schoolers: We will be traveling from Midway on a chartered bus on Saturday around noon and are looking for an interesting place for lunch. Our headmaster doesn't want to eat at the museum but is hoping for a fun first meal in the city that is not too far off our route. What do you guys think about Chinatown? Is it relatively close? Ideas about good restaurants that could handle a large group?

I appreciate everyone's help-your assistance is invaluable. You will be glad to hear that in our planning meetings I often say "my friends from chowhound have suggested" this restaurant or that.

Apr 26, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Recommendation for dinner downtown?

No worries, nsxtasy. Thanks for your help. We might just have to go early to Frontera or wait a bit-it sounds too good to pass up.

Apr 25, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Recommendation for dinner downtown?

Thanks, nsxtasy. Frontera would likely be a real treat for us as we are from New Orleans and most mexican is pretty lame here. Is there a place to wait if we arrive at, say, 6pm? I'm guessing 30 minutes or so for two?

Apr 25, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Recommendation for dinner downtown?

Before our group joins us in Chicago, my 14 year old son and I will have a Friday night dinner for two. He's an adventurous eater and we are both foodies. I'm looking for excellent food but not necessarily fine dining -maybe a step down. We like almost all foods and especially enjoy Asian and Greek. We also like to eat the local cuisine. Probably not French, Italian or seafood as we have very good versions of those near home. I'd like to stay around $100, b/f my glass or two of wine, and would like to be able to walk from our hotel (Fairfield Inn on East Ontario).

Apr 25, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Casual/cheap meals for a group?

The kids might love that! Can they handle a large group?

Apr 22, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Casual/cheap meals for a group?

My thoughts exactly-planning ahead is key. We are staying at the Fairfield Inn on East Ontario. Saturday we arrive in the am at Midway and are going to the Field Museum. A friend suggested we stop for lunch on the way (bus that day only) or maybe just eat in the cafe there. Dinner that night is Medieval Times (teenagers-go figure). Over the next few days we'll visit the Art Institute and the Navy Pier and go to a Cubs game. Possibly hit Hancock Tower and/or the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Medieval Times
2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195

Apr 22, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area

Casual/cheap meals for a group?

I'm traveling to Chicago with a group of 40 teens and parents for a school trip in early May. We're staying downtown and will be doing lots of touristy things. I'd like to have pizza one meal (sort of a "must do")-any recommendations for something downtown?

Also, what about other options that are not too pricey? I'm from New Orleans so we like local institutions and I know there must be many in Chicago. Any ideas?

Finally, someone suggested Foodlife which sounds like a possibility-yes?

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Foodlife
835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 22, 2010
GTCmom in Chicago Area