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Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Yes Eataly browsing and grazing with the kids is up our alley.

And see my other post there is a food truck festival october 11th starting at noon with musicians,

I like supporting up and coming chefs and self employed .

****To be honest I cant say that many families we know and we travel far more then most in our several social circles budget $150 a night just for dinner on vacation plus lunch and sight seeing.

Like I said we have dined in San Fran, Hawaii, Boston, San Diego, new orleans, and other travels all touristy places and never spent $150-175 on a meal with two young kids with $10 under kids meals.
I don't mean to sound frugal but feel this is really over the top... If just spouse and I on a date for special occasion sure.

There has been many great family meals we can look at that have been suggested for $100
Maybe this is why 2 families we have known have mood out of the city to suburbs or out of state as downtown Chicago cost of living is high.

about 9 hours ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Anyone familiar with the fall food truck festival?

Visiting Chicago in October and saw there is a food truck festival. We did one of these in Waikiki and was fantastic!

Here is the link
http://www.chicagofoodtruckfestival.c...

about 9 hours ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Will give it a chow down

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Well consensus from little chowhounders they are up for duck feast for a thanksgiving change away as long as they can have a turkey dinner when we return lol.
We had a fun experience at The Angry Korean lady (highly recommend) in honolulu and had so many dishes we had never tried and was delicous so will give hong kong food a go,

Now it says you have to order in advance.. Do you sit down for this or take out? Also what exactly is this feast?

Nasha and nsxtasy you both lobe this place??
Fav plate? Or the family duck diinner you enjoy??
Also kids are welcome

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Wow thats high $150-170 with a 8 & just 10 year old
And yes we always have 1-2 drinks with dinner.
Never paid that high in SF, boston or hawaii from chow suggestions.

Good info to be aware before going.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Thank you so much Nsxtasy!!
I figured kids meals with a drink are usually $10 each so leaving $80 for spouse and I to enjoy a meal with 2 drinks would cover it .
When looking at some of the restaurants a glass of wine is $15 I can see how it adds up quick!!

You have added lots of great links..
I appreciate your suggestions,

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Masha. Actually we live in the suburbs and seldom ever go to Toronto,
To be honest we don't dine out much at all unless on vacation as we are pretty good cooks and most times disappointed when we go out to chain type.
So vacation time is our time to indulge and go to hidden gems and interesting places worthy to talk about later of our experience and meal.
Sometimes we try to recreate the dish at home once returned from holidays, ie fish tacos. Poke, kim chee, gumbo.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Thank you Gonzo good point!! Will gage how tired the kids and I are as well as some nights just dont feel like getting all dolled up after a long dayl

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Yes I took a look and there are some items red sauce picky will eat :)

Lou Malnatis closest to our ES on state is which location? As I see several and some are pick up others sit down.

Do most first timers go for the sit down feel foe their first deep dish?

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Ok great quartino looks good for our list to try

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

With that being said $60-80 Per person that would be at least $150 for family of four,. Maybe one night but not our budge for every night,
2 wines or 1 one 1 beer, meal

Maybe I should expect downtown Chicago to be more $$ for dining.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Well my spouse has had duck and finds it greasy. I have had it in Mexico and tasted quite like chicken your right. I will give the menu a look over.

Well many restaurants where I live that serve greek salad do make it with a feta cheese from a cow. Some are cow/sheep mix which is more tolerable to the palate for me.

When I say adventurous I mean we plan our vacations all with a foodie list and will go to a DDD , man vs food, chase after a food truck, try ethnic foods and so on not just walking into any ol restaurant touristy trap big chain.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Thank you for your recomendation, think the peking duck is a little too adventurous for our family.. :))

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Haha i will take your word for it!!
Love greek salad but have to ask is it feta from a cow or sheep/goat..
I will it blue cheeses, 10 year old cheddars but goat ewwwww. Taste the fur on my tongue, lol

Is one better then the other restaurant little goat to the girl and the goat? Or closer to our hotel ES state street?

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

One more question on the little goat.. I despise goat cheese and meat and sheep as well its a instant gag for me.

Im reading several goat items on the menu. Is there food for non goaters?? :))

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Great thanks Gonzo.. Unique food items for everyone in the family.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Would The Little Goat be a recomendation??

We dont want to have all $100 plus dinners so looking for some reasonable ones as well
Food pick up such as pizza and bottle of wine at our hotel night will be relaxing too.

i see many restaurants ie purple Pig do not show pricing on their menus to see if its within budget for customers.

1 day ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Restaurant suggestions for Chicago Trip 9/30 - 10/4 with 20 month old

This looks like a very good restaurant. We have kids in tow for upcoming vacation and kids eat free every day 5-7 and $1 oysters during this time frame which is our dinner time with kids.
How far is this from ES on state? Require bus and or train?

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

And is Frontera grill very popular amongst locals? A restaurant not to be missed?

Do any restaurants have food happy hours ie half priced apps or meals. I know drinks cannot be discounted but places that bring in food specials and people mingling for drink. Band playing etc that is still family friendly

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Well we can always get her cheesy garlic bread somewhere or alfredo pasta. ::))
As the rest of our clan cant wait to try a deep dish

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

I looked at Quartino's reg menu and the prices seem quite low for italian are they all small plates ie small portions? Even glass of wine is $5 bottle $15

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't "get" Trader Joe's?

I have been to a few (san diego, and san francisco) and walked in walked out,
Limited brands. I found prices high .
I don't shop at whole pay cheque either (whole foods)

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chains

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Picking up a pizza to bring back to the hotel and let the kids have a swim and us a wine sounds a great night after walking as well.
I have a child that is not a fan of red sauce on pizza .any signature white sauce pizzas?

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Yes columbus day is our canadian thanksgiving so we may want to go out somewhere for bbq chicken in substitute for a turkey :)
To have a thanksgiving away from home celebration

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Frontera grill appears mexican cuisine and Devine margaritas? We do love mexcian,
Are lobster rolls something popular in chicago? Or more a Boston thing as we missed this dish when there,

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

Ok thank you for clarifying, so in this Eataly market is there some must try dishes desserts for this chow family to try? And from which restaurant inside the market? That doesn't break bank so not looking for fine dining,

We will stick with state location ES thanks for knowledge

2 days ago
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

When you say Eataly I googled and seems its a chain in different states but Chicago's Eataly several restaurants come up. Was there one or two on the list that you had in mind?

Aug 25, 2014
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

We arrive friday mid afternoon and probably stay in rosemont but saturday will venture out to an attraction closest to rosemont by train to cross off bucket list . Other things will wait until we move downtown hotel on the sunday.

Aug 25, 2014
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

IB stand is this a italian beef sandwich stand?

Any food festivals at all oct 10-15

Aug 25, 2014
palmtree38 in Chicago Area

Adventurous food family heading to Chicago

We will not have a car!!

Ok good happy hour places for food???

Geeze no drink HH or food trucks in Chicago whats with alo the rules.

Aug 24, 2014
palmtree38 in Chicago Area