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Any Can't miss stuff in Louisville KY? Chicago hound

Headed for Louisville and wondering if there's anything I MUST visit while I'm there. Open to all kinds of food, type is not important. Not looking to spend a fortune, $20-25 per person outside of drinks. Also, staying at the downtown Mariott without a car. Any suggestions?

Dinner recs before Buddy Guy's Legends?

I was under the impression that Buddy's was closed. I think that the college pushed him out although I had read that he was going to open elsewhere.

Aug 30, 2007
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Catering Recommendation - Northwest or West Suburbs?

If you're thinking along sandwich lines, a closer option to Villa Park would be Mario's Deli on Lake Street in Addison. Great sandwiches, pasta salad, EXCELLENT antipasto salad. I've had their salads for super bowl parties, etc. and everyone loves it - salami, bread, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, mmmmmmmmmm. If you just want a tray of pasta, Caputo's Market has a three cheese baked mostaccioli that will knock your socks off. Another .02.

Aug 15, 2007
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Dinner after Steppenwolf

What about Cafe Ba Ba Reeba?

Apr 27, 2007
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Best five Polish restaurants in Chicago area

No. They are similar menus though. We still prefer the Harwood Heights location.

Apr 09, 2007
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Best five Polish restaurants in Chicago area

Our hands down favorite polish restaurant is Old Warsaw. It's located at the corner of Harlem and Lawrence in Chicago - great pierogis and the best potato pancakes. Mmmmmm.
Old Warsaw Restaurant and Polish Buffet
4750 N Harlem Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
(708) 867-4500

Apr 03, 2007
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Solo diner - near Northbrook Hilton

I would second the recommendation for Le Titi de Paris - excellent food. I would not be uncomfortable to eat there myself. What about the new Tramonto restaurants in Wheeling?

Mar 28, 2007
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Corned Beef and Cabbage

I've not been there yet, but the first place that leapt to mind was Gaynor's. It's in Medinah on the SW corner of Irving Park Road and Medinah Road. It's a little Irish pub/bar type place and the corned beef and cabbage look great. If you're into wine at all, they have a red and a white blended specifically for them by Lynfred, which is about a stone's throw away.

Mar 07, 2007
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Ford Center area; lunch before Wicked Saturday matinee

Another option and close by (cheap cab ride if necessary) would be Park Grill at Millenium Park - nice lunches and a great view!

Mar 01, 2007
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Caputo's on Harlem v. Fox & Obel's Italian

I'm fortunate enough to live about a mile away from the Addison Caputo's, and only a couple away from the one in Bloomingdale. I'm pretty sure that our store is bigger than the one on Harlem, and it is a wonderland of produce, italian specialties and interesting foods of all kinds. From my experience, I would recommend that anyone try their garlic sausage, their homemade bocconcini, the homemade seafood salad (great on a green salad) and the tiramisu in the bakery. Bless them for such a great variety and prices fair enough to actually be able to eat well!!

Feb 28, 2007
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Western 'burbs - need warm cozy place for drinks

Agreed about the food generally at Firkin but the appetizers are OK. I could swear there is a fireplace, but it's been awhile. I would also agree about Cab's and Vittorio's being cozy for the bar, but my guess is appetizers at Cab's would be kind of pricey and I don't know if Vittorios really has that much of an appetizer menu, do they? But their food IS really good. That said, Cab's also offers wine flights and is a really nice space. On Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a bar called Curly's which is not as cozy but has a lot of appetizers, is very casual and used to has live music on the weekends but it can get loud depending on what kind of music is playing.

Feb 16, 2007
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Western 'burbs - need warm cozy place for drinks

I'm drawing a blank here, but I'm pretty sure Firkin & Fox on Main Street in Glen Ellyn has a fireplace. Don't know about the warm drinks. Across the street is Shannon's, which is a warm space but no fireplace - it's like an Irish pub. Another Irish pub-type place would be Muldoon's in downtown Wheaton on Front Street. They have good appetizers, too. These type of places always seem kind of cozy to me. Casey's on North Ave at Grace Street in Lombard has a nice bar and phenomenal fried calamari. I hate when this happens - you want to think of a place to go, and blank goes the mind.

Feb 16, 2007
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Chinese Delivery in Western Suburbs?

I don't know, sorry. My guess would be no based on my experience with the China House in Villa Park but hard to say. I've never had a problem with "fake" type meat there and I know what you mean about mall Chinese. I thought of another place for you to try but it will have to be on a day that you are willing to drive because I don't think they deliver - Beijing on Roosevelt in Glen Ellyn, west of Main Street. Good stuff. We order it for lunch at the office every now and then. But oddly, I can't speak for the crab rangoon - never tried it there which is crazy for me - I love crab rangoons!

Feb 15, 2007
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Chinese Delivery in Western Suburbs?

You might also try China House, it is on North Avenue near Villa Road in Villa Park. They deliver and their portions are HUGE. I always order the pot stickers and also the crab rangoon and I like both of them. We normally get beef & broccoli, house special lo-mein or the chop suey. My husband is not too adventurous. I've had Lom Ling but haven't been there in years...might need to check that out again...

Feb 14, 2007
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anyone know of a good wine class?

If you don't mind coming out to the suburbs, College of DuPage has some great classes for wine education and also a lot of non-credit cooking classes that include wine with the meals. It's very reasonable and the instructors really care about giving you plenty of good information, handouts, etc. That being said, the best wine education I can think of would be with Patrick Fegan of Chicago Wine School www.wineschool.com, and he holds several classes around the city.

Feb 12, 2007
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Restaurant Week or Chicago Dine Out Week?

Taste of Chicago does rock, though. Just in a WAY different way.

Jan 31, 2007
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Top 3 Hot Dogs

My favorite hot dog currently is Portillos. Very consistently good. But it is on my very-soon-to-do list to go to Hot Dougs, which may change things.

Jan 31, 2007
Suburban Sandy in Chicago Area

Restaurant Week or Chicago Dine Out Week?

I know what you are talking about and it has been done in the past but I haven't seen anything going on like that for awhile. Keep checking OpenTable.com. They usually post something about it. There are several restaurants in the Chicagoland area that do very nice prix fixe dinners for around that price point. The best one I've found so far is Vie in Western Springs, but I'm sure that if you research it a little you can find such offerings.

Jan 31, 2007
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Is there Chow in Chicago's Western Suburbs?

Definitely take a pass on Heaven on Seven in Naperville. I used to be one of their biggest fans; haven't had a good meal there in the last three tries. I'll never to to that particular location again. If you don't mind taking a swing slightly north to I-355 and Lake in Addison, there is a great Mexican place called LaHacienda de los Fernandos. It's an upscale version of a Mexican place that's been in Addison for over 25 years. Great mexican food and margaritas. I would second Alfie's for burgers and also Tin Fish for seafood.

Jan 30, 2007
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Pops for Champagne?

I was there on Tuesday night for a special event tasting. I'd never been to the old spot but I thought the bar room was airy and well decorated if a bit small. The other side of the location is their retail area and a small room in back that I'm guessing might be for private parties/dining? I didn't see too many bottles of wine on the menu that I looked at that were under $100 and my friend told me that it was about $15 per glass. Generally more than I'm willing to spend unless someone else is buying! :-)

Jan 25, 2007
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Ron's Cajun Connection in Utica

Love that Bubba Gump shrimp and nearly everything else on the menu. I agree with all of the posts above - but let's not forget the pecan pie!!! Wonderful stuff if you can leave room for it, if not you must take a piece home.

Jan 25, 2007
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Wildfire

It's been awhile since I was there, but I think the entrees average about $20-25 or so. I think if you get a dinner salad, it's probably about $7-8 and dessert in the same neighborhood. I usually spend about $70-80 for dinner depending on what I eat, but I also drink at least 2-3 glasses of wine with my dinner. Hope this helps a little.

Jan 03, 2007
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good restaurants near the Ford Theatre?

One of my first choices would be Park Grill over at Millenium Park. Good food and a stunning view, it's within walking distance. I've gone to Cyrano's Bistrot after the theatre, SushiSamba is festive and fun and both are a short cab ride away. Boston Blackies is a good casual bar that has a variety of food, appetizers and sandwiches, reasonable prices. Probably a cab ride for them too depending on the weather.

Dec 28, 2006
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New Year's ideas?

Check out this website: www.cyranosbistrot.com. They are located on Wells, and have three seatings on New Year's Eve. One of these should fit your parameters. I happen to like this place, good French food.

Dec 22, 2006
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Italian Restaurant with Private Room in Loop or River North

Hmmmmmm. It's been a few months since I've been there but my food has always been plentiful and tasty. I didn't think anything was overcooked. My current favorite is that penne con pollo. I've also had the fish dishes (tillapia) and also very good. I would say maybe give it another shot? Let me know...

Nov 16, 2006
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West Suburbs for Bears Game

Wildfire in Oakbrook is PACKED every time I go in there. It's also pretty darn pricey. If you don't mind an Irish pub atmosphere, Ballydoyle's on Main Street in Downers is good. I'm a little further north than Downers Grove (Addison area) but been to this place and would go back.

Nov 14, 2006
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Cheap eats and good beer

I'm surprised that no one mentioned Miller's Pub on Wabash. Good bar, good food, decent prices.

Nov 14, 2006
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Italian Restaurant with Private Room in Loop or River North

The first thing that leaped to my mind was Italian Village. Out of three restaurants, they should have some private dining space, no? Otherwise my vote would be for Jay's Amore, 1330 W Madison, Chicago. They have a semi-private area that would easily accomodate that size party, the food is excellent and Jay is really a Chicago legend.

Nov 14, 2006
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Quest for best authentic Mexican in Western Suburbs!

The most authentic Mexican food we've been able to find so far in the 'burbs is La Magdalena, 321 N Addison Rd, Addison, IL
(630)832-0305. They have another restaurant in town, La Hacienda de los Fernandez which is further west on Lake Street, but it is the same food with a higher price tag. The restaurant is definitely fancier, too. Great margaritas, soup, all kinds of good food. Everyone we've ever turned onto this place has loved it.

Oct 31, 2006
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SF Chowhounder visiting Chicago for the first time...

Where are you staying? How much time do you have here? Any dietary restrictions? Favorite types of food? Do you have a price range? Having been to SF, I don't think you will experience much of a sticker shock for food...it's easy here to rattle off tons of restaurants, but if you are staying in the burbs, it is different from the city proper.

Aug 23, 2006
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