Chicago with a 4 year old
My family of 3 (including a 4 year old) will be in Chicago (Lakeview) from NYC for 10 days starting on the 14th of July. I would love any recomendations for eats in Chicago. My son is a very adventerous eater (he orders his own sushi and loves dumplings).
Family fare and Chicago traditional food spots would be appreciated. Also any family friendly pubs in the areas for an afternoon pint would be well recieved.
Coming from NY, I would say try something else that sushi. NY has way better sushi in general and Lakeview is not has any of the best sushi places Chicago has to offer. Same goes for Chinese.
I think compared to NYC, Chicago has an edge on Mexican, Greek and Thai.
The best Thai is actually in Lakeview - TAC Quick Thai. Not a fancy place by any means but really good food.
For Mexican, if you want to stay in Lakeview you can try El Tapatio or Platiyo, but the better places are further south. Try Salpicon or Frontera Grill.
Also Nuevo Latin places like Cafe 28, Nacional 27 etc. are great.
In Lakeview, Deleece, Mia Francesca, Yoshi's cafe, Jack's on Halsted, Erwin, Terragusto are prbably the highest rated places.
For brunch try Southport Grocery and Cafe. Great brunch items and the best vanilla cupcake that your son will love.
There are plenty of restaurants along Broadway, Halsted, Clark, and Southport in Lake View. You'll be here at a great time of the year. A lot of the restaurants in the area have outdoor cafes, especially along Broadway and Southport. Where will you be staying? What type of stuff do you like?
Some ideas to consider
Yoshi's Cafe, yoshiscafe.com at Halsted and Aldine. It's an Asian-fusion place with a nice atmosphere and is very accommodating to kids. The menu on the website isn't always current but it gives you a good idea of their range of food.
Jack's on Halsted, jackjonesrestaurants.com at Halsted and Belmont is very good. I think they are ok with kids but haven't tried myself.
Sushi - Matsuya's (3400 block of Clark), Shiroi Hana (3200 block of Clark), and Nohana (3100 block of Broadway) are classic neighborhood spots for sushi. Matsuya's is probably the best of the bunch. There are several other newer places in the area, too.
Orange - 3200 block of Clark is a good breakfast place on the weekend's. Fresh juices and creative menu. Get there early since the wait can get very long.
Wishbone Restaurant - Lincoln and School is a southern influenced restaurant with a good weekend breakfast.
Duke of Perth - 2900 block of Clark is a long-standing Scottish pub with decent food and an outdoor garden in back.
Sura Thai, surachicago.com - 3100 block of Broadway is a new tapas-styled Thai place with a great decor.
Scooter's Frozen Custard, scootersfrozencustard.com - Belmont and Paulina - a hit with everyone.
You should definitely try Scoozi! in River North, on Sundays between 5:00 and 6:30 they let kids cook their own pizzas. It's not super-gourmet italian, but a great everday spot--we live in the neighborhood and eat there quite often. I would suggest a reservation and confirm the age limit, but I have seen very little kids participating before. www.leye.com