For "garlic as a vegetable" Italian-American fare you'd be hard pressed to beat Ristorante Amalfi on Glen Elln Rd. Consistently excellent food and reasonable prices. Chicken Vesusio, Sausage and Peppers, Sausage and Escarole, Pasta Aglio Olio, Braciole, etc. are all standouts.
For something mid-range, bordering on speical occasion, but still reasonable is Bistro Maisonette in the Old Town area of Bloomingdale. Eclectic bistro type food. Nice without being too fussy.
298 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale, IL
Phone: (630) 893-9222
109 Franklin St, Bloomingdale, IL
Phone: (630) 924-0930
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I second Bistro Maisonette as a very pleasant experience. Excellent pate (better than Bistro Banlieue), good traditional (and non) presentations of bistro fare-escargots, mussels, steak/frites,etc. I had a bouillabaisse, albeit not saffrony enough for my taste and w/o a garlic rouille( sp?), but why quibble, it was still very good.
Taco Real on Hiawatha off Gary has the best lengua tacos I've ever had.
Serino's Italian Deli on Army Trail just east of 355 in Addison has terrific Italian anything. Try the Italian subs, ask about the daily specials.
Pho Saigon on Bloomingdale Road just north of North Ave is bare bones but has good Pho and noodle dishes.
I've dined at and enjoyed Pho Saigon as well. I had the pho and wife had a pork combo plate. There was something on the plate referred to as shredded pork but looked like free form pasta. After a sniff and a taste...chittlins!
Have you tried Pho Hoa on Bloomingdale Rd? I have not and am curious. I believe it's a mini-chain but have heard good reports on their quality. Nha Y over in Carol Stream off St. Charles Rd has some very nice Vietnamese offerings as well. Also Food Harbor grocery store on Lake St. in Addison is one of the only places I've seen in the Western burbs to carry Bahn Mi sandwiches. They appear pre-made and wrapped but not sure if they'll make a custom.
Used to like Capones Deli but haven't been there in a while. At times they were sort of hit or miss with consistency. PaulEnzos on Lake street has been pretty decent as well. I'm not sure if it's an early bird special or a one day a week special but they have choice of entrees, salad and such for like under $10. My father has also praised their version of bacala (sp?).