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Will be in Lisle for 3 days, need rec for one night What is the "best" in Lisle? Price no object, we like all types of food.
Thanks in advance

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  1. Don't know, but I do know that neighboring Naperville has many more food options than Lisle. I did notice that a search on this board for "Naperville" yields some recs in Lisle as well, however.

    1. Allgauer's Grill in the Lisle Hilton is an excellent choice. Creative dishes, reasonable prices.
      Slightly east of Lisle in Downers Grove on Ogden Ave is Lao Sze Chuan - very good Chinese with unusual preparations.

      1. In Lisle proper, there's not a lot worth going out of your way for, except for perhaps Chef Paul (a German/Bavarian restaurant that's received some accolades), a few Asian places (Fabulous Noodles, Joy Yee), and Chinn's 34th Street Fishery (decent choice for seafood). Your best bet probably is nearby downtown Naperville (and vicinity), where there's a lot more from which to choose.

        1. You also might go east to downtown Glen Ellyn for Les Deux Autres -- a very comfortable "white table cloth" restaurant with creative French food.

          1. First, when is your trip? Second, will you have a car?

            There are certainly more food options in Naperville, but the vast majority are chain restaurants -- even at the high end. Some have good food and offer good value (eg Catch 35), some have good food but offer questionable value (eg Hugo's), but most are not worth the effort (eg Sullivan's, Rosebud, Bistro Margot, Joy Yee, La Sorella di Francesca).

            Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge (www.bavarian-lodge.com) is the place to go if you enjoy quality beer, as their selection is among the best in the entire Chicago area.

            If Chinese fits the bill, then Lao Sze Chuan (in Downers Grove) and Fabulous Noodles are both wonderful places that I highly recommend.

            If you want to be an unabashed carnivore for the evening, also in Downers Grove is Sal&Carvao, a Brazilian steakhouse. It's also a chain, but it does fall into the good food category, and it's a good value if you're a big eater.

            If you're willing to take a 30-minute drive, there are three places that are exactly what you're looking for: Vie in Western Springs, Courtright's in Willow Springs, and Isabella's in Geneva. And if you trip isn't for another couple weeks, a fourth option is Niche, also in Geneva.

            1. Markh,
              I know you're a frequent poster and generally respect your opinion, however in this instance I would say that the exact opposite is true with respect to Hugo's and Catch 35. In my experience, Hugo's can be expensive but actually is worth the money. Further, if I were visiting from out of town, I think that it's a place that I actually would enjoy. On the other hand, Catch 35 is pretty expensive across the board and really isn't that good of a deal, in my opinion. Just my 2 cents (agree with your other rec's, by the way).

              Also, Adelle's in Wheaton is a solid choice for higher-end dining (though not in the same league as Vie or Courtright's, it is much closer to Lisle).

              1. Hmm. Since the OP said that price was no object, Hugo's does offer options not available at Catch 35 (ie, Gibson's steaks), and the atmosphere is much more vibrant. But truth be told, if I were going to spend the amount of money required to dine at either place, my money would be spent at Courtright's or Niche. Or somewhere in Chicago, since one can easily park at the Lisle or Naperville Metra commuter lots after 4:30PM and take a train downtown...

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                1. re: markh

                  Markh, is Niche now open? If so, how is it?

                  Also, agree with all of the comments below re: Marriott Hickory Ridge, as well as the recommendations. Clara's also is a good choice for Italian in that area. Getting anywhere from that location, however, without a car will prove to be a challenge.

                  1. re: RMA

                    Niche is scheduled to open August 30. The chef and much of the former 302 West staff are involved and say that their cuisine will be similiar to 302.

                    1. re: RMA

                      (bias alert: one of the principals at Niche is a friend.)

                      Niche opens on Wednesday. I attended a trial dinner last week meant to work out the kinks, and there are very, very few kinks to work out. It is rare for a restaurant to have no service glitches at a trial dinner, but that is exactly what happened -- I guess it pays to have a staff that all worked together for a couple years!

                      They performed miracles on the interior, it looks spectacular. And the combination of sound-absorbing material on the floor and ceiling will keep the noise to a manageable level.

                      Many of the opening menu items will be similar to those from the last weeks of 302 West, but whether it's a happier kitchen staff or a state-of-the-art kitchen, the items I tasted were a notch above anything I had at 302 West.

                      Niche will become a destination restaurant very quickly.

                      1. re: markh

                        Thanks for the info. I look forward to checking it out when it's open to the general public. I was a fan of 302 West, and also of Chez Francois (and Emilio's Granada prior to it). I'm glad to see that the traditions of those establishments are being carried forward and also improved upon.

                        Ron A.

                        1. re: markh

                          I have been in the kitchen when the space was Emillio's, I hope they put in some new equiptment besides it being a very tight space! Looking forward to seeing what remodeling they have done as well as trying the food.

                    2. Hi, thanks for the recs. We will be in lisle the 26th to the 28th of Sept.

                      We will be meeting internet friends(know them 8 years and never met face to face). They are taking us to Chinn's the 26th.

                      We need something for the 27th......We do not have a car.

                      By the way, we are staying at the Marriot, I imagine their restaurant is not that terrific.

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                      1. re: Raisel

                        The lack of a car is a problem, because the Marriott Hickory Ridge (I'm assuming that's the Marriott where you'll be) is in an isolated location. You'll need to take a taxi to get to any of the options above, and since you'll be in the suburbs, getting a non-airport-bound taxi after 6PM is not an easy task.

                        So here are two options that will not require your getting a taxi.

                        There is a new restaurant less than a half-mile from the Marriott that should be opening in a week or so. It's called Blu Coral, and it's from the same people who own Starfish in Chicago and Swordfish in Batavia. If you enjoy sushi, this is by far your best option.

                        Next door to Blu Coral is Suparossa, a restaurant that serves good (never bad, never great) Italian food, but is best known for its stuffed pizzas. If you want to experience "Chicago-style" pizza, this is also an option -- and a good one, because I personally think Suparossa's stuffed pizzas are the best of their type in the Chicago area.

                        Both of the above are in a commercial complex called Seven Bridges, which includes other diversions like a world-class golf course, an IMAX theater and an ice-skating rink...

                      2. Just south of Seven Bridges is Clara's Pasta, which also serves good food.

                        1. Thanks for the info. I look forward to checking it out when it's open to the general public. I was a fan of 302 West, and also of Chez Francois (and Emilio's Granada prior to it). I'm glad to see that the traditions of those establishments are being carried forward and also improved upon.

                          Ron A.