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where to eat dinner in Park Ridge?

spiffytriphy May 15, 2007 09:10 PM

I am meeting with two friends for dinner tomorrow in Park Ridge. None of us have gone there before. (We're meeting there b/c it's the midway point for the three of us.) Suggestions for dinner? One friend has conservative taste buds so no Japanese, Mexican, Greek, Chinese, etc for her. She prefers American or Italian. Even chains like Maggianos would be fine. Thanks!

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  1. nsxtasy RE: spiffytriphy May 15, 2007 11:00 PM

    Just down Oakton Street from Park Ridge is the Black Ram. (Technically, it's in Des Plaines, but it's just on the other side of the forest preserve from Park Ridge.) It's a steakhouse type of restaurant. All of the food there is absolutely GREAT - the steaks, the seafood, the desserts, everything. Attire is casual to business casual. You can view prices on the menus on their website. It doesn't get a lot of press, but it gets a lot of repeat business. The proprietor greets lots of arriving guests by name. If you would enjoy a great steakhouse (and seafood) restaurant that nobody ever heard of, this is it.

    Black Ram Steak House
    1414 Oakton St.
    Des Plaines, IL 60019

    1. abf005 RE: spiffytriphy May 16, 2007 06:47 AM

      Just a few blocks away from the center of Park Ridge is a very decent Italian option:

      Zia's Trattoria
      6699 N. Northwest Highway
      Chicago, IL 60631
      (773) 775-0808


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        Masonville RE: spiffytriphy May 16, 2007 07:38 AM

        Strong second for Zia's. For a neighborhood kind of place, it has an interesting menu and the food quality is excellent.

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          Chicagojet RE: spiffytriphy May 16, 2007 11:33 AM

          Zia's is very good. Other Italian options are P'iano P'iano on Busse Hwy near Greenwood and Cafe Amici at Milwaukee and Howard in Niles.

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            synchroqueen RE: spiffytriphy Jul 21, 2007 10:35 AM

            I see that this question was posted a while ago but had to reply! :-) I live in Park Ridge and my absolute favorite restaurant is Pi'ano, Pi'ano on Busse Hwy. It is GREAT italian food!! My husband and I usually get a fish special and the Giambotta!
            and you can make reservations through www.opentable.com
            check it out!

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              kauai2b RE: synchroqueen Aug 6, 2007 05:39 PM

              I'm a Zia's fan as well and have been to Pi'ano Piano if torn between the two IMHO I would go to Zia's.

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