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I-65 Chi-Indy Any hidden treasures?

If you don't mind going into West Lafayette, the XXX diner dishes up breakfast, hamburgers & tasty root beer.

http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant....

Oct 14, 2008
crispychick in General Midwest Archive

Northwest Indiana

Good to see a little NWI discussion! I'm surprised that no one has mentioned 2 of my favorites:

Santiago's in Porter serves some excellent Mexican food, including homemade moles

Aladdin's Pita in Merrillville (aladdinpita.com) for really tasty middle eastern

Jun 10, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Northwest Indiana - Grocery Stores

Try the Old World Market on the square in Valparaiso....they have some interesting specialty items and a lot of cheeses. Their website appears to be a little challenged right now:

www.oldworldmarketonline.com

Phone #: 219.476.0700

May 28, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Paris Wednesday! steak frites/sardines/oysters?

Thanks souphie -- I we value your opinion.

What about oysters? Are we too late for the season?

May 20, 2008
crispychick in France

Paris Wednesday! steak frites/sardines/oysters?

Thanks for the recommendations! I think I had Relaise de Venise on a "possibility list" at one time.

Has anyone been to Bistro Paul Bert? Is it worthwhile?

And ChefJune: we're off to search out sardines today - it's our last in Provence.

May 19, 2008
crispychick in France

Paris Wednesday! steak frites/sardines/oysters?

We're in Provence now and will be in Paris in just a few days. While we've had some wonderful food here, we're looking for more in Paris. Where can we find these three?

- the best steak frites
- the best sardines, fried or grilled, and
- the best oysters -- or is it too late for the season?

Thanks for any help!

May 19, 2008
crispychick in France

Tasty Carry-out in Glen Ellyn or Wheaton?

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! We settled on Fabulous Noodles and all agreed that it was really fabulous! Some of our samplings: noodles Indonesian style, Singapore noodles, pan fried noodles with beef and broccoli and with chicken in black bean sauce, sweet and sour chicken, honey walnut shrimp and a bag of delicious vegetarian egg rolls. We all highly recommend FN and would go back anytime.

Lao Szechuan and Katy's are still on the list for another time. I will definitely try India Palace, too.

Thanks all!

May 05, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Tasty Carry-out in Glen Ellyn or Wheaton?

We're having a little family get together (lunch) in Wheaton this weekend, and we're going to pick up carry out. What's really tasty in the area that we could pack to the house? Fabulous Noodles in Lisle is one option, but we're open to just about anything. Any suggestions?

May 02, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Bakery Near Millennium Park/Art Museum

Back in the "old" days, I would have gone to Marshall Fields for a snack, either in the Walnut Room or in the basement Marketplace, depending on my budget. Has anyone been to Macy's restaurants? Otherwise, the Atwood has some nice goodies in a beautiful setting.

www.atwoodcafe.com
www.visitmacyschicago.com

Apr 28, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Spanish grocery store around Chicago?

Are you up for a road trip? Don Quijote Restaurant in Valparaiso has a shop that sells Spanish imports.

www.donquijoterestaurant-in.com

Apr 21, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Where to have baby shower in Westchester or surrounding area?

Several years ago, we had a lovely bridal shower at the Wheaton Inn on W. Roosevelt in Wheaton. It's a bit further west (about 15 min drive from Westchester). I don't remember the food, but it was tasty. The setting is Williamsburg-esque. Very nice.

Apr 16, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Looking for recommendations in the Wrigley Field area.

We had a lovely Sunday brunch at Home Bistro a few weeks ago. Grilled salmon on a bed of peas w/chorizo and smoked salmon club on pretzel bread, both with parmesan truffle fries. About $42 for 2 including tip -- HB is byo to keep costs down.

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HB Home Bistro
3404 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Apr 15, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Tap or bottled water in Paris?

How does one order "tap water" in French? What should we say?

Thanks!

Apr 14, 2008
crispychick in France

NW Indiana Dining

We're very fond of Aladdin Pita in Merrillville. We've tried many items on the menu, and have enjoyed it all. The lentil soup is delicious! Very reasonable prices, too. There's a little middle eastern grocery attached, and you can buy their fresh made pita.

We also enjoy Dish and Don Quixote in Valpo.

And Santiago's in Porter is easily as good as Nuevo Leon in Chicago.

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Aladdin Pita
3750 W 80th Ln, Merrillville, IN

Apr 14, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Interesting places near Midway Airport?

It appears that the Bobak outposts are no more, but the original on Archer is still going strong.

Freddy's Pizza in Cicero (freddyspizza.com) would be a great stop for some takeaway and gelato, but they close at 7 pm.

Mar 25, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Interesting places near Midway Airport?

Just a few block from Midway is Bobak's sausages: a large Polish grocery which also houses a buffet restaurant featuring Polish cuisine.

http:www.bobak.com

Mar 25, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Northwest Indiana - Grocery Stores

just found the link to Chesterton:

http://www.chestertonseuropeanmarket....

Mar 19, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Northwest Indiana - Grocery Stores

I'm in Valpo, which has a small Saturday market. There are generally at least 2 organic vendors with a good variety. Otherwise, the Chesterton market (also on Saturdays) is an expanded market with Bit of Swiss Bakery (an award winning bakery from Stephensville, MI), venison, buffalo, Amish noodles and baked goods, and some cheese vendors from Chicago -- along with local fruits, veggies and flowers. But if it's a nice day, we might drive east on Hwy 12 to New Buffalo, MI, where there's a great "permanent" produce stand.

Mar 19, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area

Northwest Indiana - Grocery Stores

Hi PC -- I'm also a Chicago transplant, and we're always looking for a great grocery. There are a few little specialty shops, but we generally head back to Chicago for trips to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. In the spring and summer, we hit the farmer's markets in Indiana and Michigan, and there's a fledgling CSA in the area: Creme de la Crop. This year, the CSA will offer organic meat and dairy as well.

Mar 18, 2008
crispychick in Chicago Area