Is there Chow in Chicago's Western Suburbs?
I will be working the 88 corridor from Oakbrook to 59 this week and, as always, looking for good things to eat. I am omniverous.
What kind of food are you looking for?
Morton's (Westchester) - www.mortons.com
The Capital Grille (Lombard) - www.thecapitalgrille.com
Sullivan's (Naperville) - www.sullivansteakhouse.com
Wildfire (Oak Brook) - www.wildfirerestaurant.com
Heaven on Seven (Naperville) - www.heavenonseven.com
CHURRASCARIA (BRAZILIAN MEAT, MEAT, AND EVEN MORE MEAT):
Sal & Carvao (Downers Grove) - www.salecarvao.com
Emilio's (Hillside, Wheaton) - www.emiliostapas.com
Greek Islands (Lombard) - www.greekislands.net/contact/contact....
CHICAGO-STYLE DEEP DISH PIZZA:
Giordano's (stuffed, double-crust pizza, multiple locations) - www.giordanos.com
Lou Malnati's (single-crust pan pizza, multiple locations) - www.loumalnatis.com
Gino's East (single-crust pan pizza, multiple locations) - www.ginoseast.com
Yes, Emilio's is excellent. His was one of the earliest tapas places in the Chicago area. Unlike some of the other places mentioned above, it started in the western suburbs (the Hillside location) and then opened an additional location in Chicago, rather than the reverse.
I'm not a big fan of sushi, so unlike the choices above, I can't give you any recommendations based on personal experience. But a quick check of Metromix shows that these places might be suitable (or sushible); perhaps sushi fans in the area can comment:
Blu Coral (Woodridge) - no website; 630-719-8808
Sushi House (Westmont, Wheaton, Naperville) - www.mysushihouse.com
Sushi Nest (Elmhurst) - no website; 630-833-5088
Swordfish Contemporary Sushi (Batavia) - www.swordfishsushi.com (takes forever to load); 630-406-6463
Wild Tuna (Naperville) - www.wildtunasushi.com
Yamado (Naperville) - no website; 630-983-3567
I'm not a huge fan of chains, not saying that they're not adequate, so I'll add a few to the list:
Chinn's 34th Street Eatery on Ogden Avenue in Lisle - superb seafood. The wahoo just melts in your mouth. You can smell the aroma of garlic from the parking lot!!
Country House on College Avenue in Lisle - great burgers
Yerbabuena Mexican on Main Street Lisle - creative Mexican food
Alfie's Inn on Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn - best burgers in the western suburbs
Matsuri Sushi on 3rd Street in Geneva - ate there last week. One of the best in the burbs. Although I wouldn't say it's the best in the Chicago area.
Joyful's Cafe on Maple in Downers Grove - excellent homemade & fresh sandwiches, salads, bakery. They make everything including their breads on site!!
With the exception of the pizza and steak places, most of the restaurants listed above are not big chain operations. Most are places where the restauranteur opened one location, it was successful, and decided to open one or two additional locations. Just like Chinn's, which you mentioned, was opened by the nephew of the original Bob Chinn's in Wheeling.
From today's Dish (food column of Chicago magazine):
Les Deux Autres (462 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn; 630-469-4002) has been sold to Michel Saragueta, chef of Café le Coq (734 Lake St., Oak Park; 708-848-2233). Saragueta takes over on February 1st, and the place will become Bistro Monet. “He will make it more bistro,” says Louisa Lima, the former owner. “I knew that Michel has wanted his own place for a long time. I wanted someone that would be as passionate about it as I was, rather than some big corporation coming in and taking it over.” What prompted the move? “My husband got a job in New York back in June, and I tried to stick it out, but we are at the point where I have to move,” Lima says. “Right now I don’t have any plans.”