DH will be there for almost a week at a training soon. He's staying at the Indigo Hotel by the racetrack. Breakfasts and Lunches will be provided, but he'll be on his own for dinner most nights. I'm sure he'll get restless and want to leave the hotel...any good (and in hubby's case, cheap!) places to eat within walking distance? (A mile or so...). Bonus points for good Indian and/or Mexican, under $20 for dinner not including drinks. TIA!
Bad location for easily walkable food! He might want to check if the hotel offers a shuttle. If yes, it's a fairly quick ride into downtown Arlington Heights where Fuego would meet the Mexican request and AltThai is a good choice for Thai. Armands, new and also in Arlington Heights has also been getting good recs for Italian.
In Arlington Heights, you are NOT close to the El Trains. The hotel is located on Northwest Highway about 0.5-0.75 miles from the Arlington Park METRA Rail station (www.metrarail.com). From there, you would take a 33 minute train ride to the Jefferson Park Station where you can transfer to the Blue Line Train to the Loop. It would take about 75 minutes and $5.45 to get to the Loop.
Having said that, there a re a number of very good restaurants along the METRA rail stations in Park Ridge, Mt. Prospect, Edison Park, Barrington, etc. withot heading to the Loop
How serious is the under $20 requirement? That makes it a bit tough in that area. You have Don Juan's in Edison Park, pretty good Japanese at Sakura near the Metra station in Mt. Prospect. If you do not have a Mitsuwa near where you live, there is one in AH, not especially reachable on public transportation but it is not far either, nice food court and shopping. I am fond of Retro Bistro in Mt. Prospect, again not that far although it is not on the Metra line. Only Mitsuwa is really in the under $20 category though.
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Well, he'll be on a perdiem that isn't terribly generous...so knowing him he'll want to save money where he can. He's not a big dinner eater so will probably just have an entree wherever he eats...so think entrees under 20 bucks. No idea what Mitsuwa is, btw...you mention food court..is it some kind of Asian store? If so I think he would really enjoy that...can you tell me more?
Mitsuwa is a Japanese supermarket chain. Bourdain went there on the New Jersey episode of No Reservations. It's at Arlington Heights and Algonquin. About 3 mi. away from where he will be. IMO, a shame to miss it if you don't have one near home. It is not open terribly late at night but certainly in the early evening. If I were close by and wanted to eat on the cheap side I would definitely go. The food court has quite a few nice options, plus you could bring a donburi or some teriyaki back to the room.
Even if he is willing to walk, a lot of times there are no sidewalks along the road.
If he can rent a car or is willing to take a cab (or if the hotel offers a shuttle) then he is less than 10 minutes by car to several Indian restaurants. One of my favorites, Gaylord of India, is behind Streets of Woodfield.
Other than that, I'm going to second the recommendations of La Tasca Tapas or Fuego in downtown Arlington Heights, but I personally wouldn't attempt to walk.
200 Applebee St
56 West Wilson Street
Siri Thai II.
40 West Palatine Road
La Tasca Tapas Restaurant
25 W. Davis St.
Peggy Kinnane's Irish Restaurant and Pub
8 N. Vail
Tony's Subs and a great bakery next door
ALL these are within 3-4 blocks of the METRA rail station and all will generally be under $20 WITHOUT alcohol.
Mitsuwa and Schaumburg are NOT within easy walking distance and the the Pace Bus system is not the easiest to negotiate. The last time I walked from Schaumburg to teh Palatine train station, it was eight miles on some very busy (non-sidewalked roads). Your friend is better off sticking to the rails.
There is an Au Bon Pain adjacent to the hotel. Eurofresh Market is about 1.5 miles away on Northwest Highway and has a great deli, hot food table, and bakery.