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Ethnic Restaruants in the Naperville area

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Chiliman Jul 15, 2007 12:43 PM

Will be in the Napierville area next week, and am always on the lookout for good ethnic food. While anything authentic can work, our preferences tend to run to the other side of the Pacific. Thanks for the recommendations, folks!

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    wak RE: Chiliman Jul 16, 2007 05:41 AM

    I've been struggling to find some decent ethnic options in Naperville for a couple months now. My best luck has been along a stretch of Ogden Rd from Ramond Drive to Naper Blvd.

    Cho dang tofu - the best and most unique option is a Korean run restaurant with Tofu as an ingredient in all the dishes. They serve a very interesting mix of sides with the meal - a selectin of 4-5 small plates of salads, kimche, marinated soy eans, etc. http://chodangtofu.com/

    Cuisines of India - in the same strip mall as Cho Dang. Not the best Indian I have ever had, but the best I have found in the area. A good lunch buffet. http://www.cuisine-of-india.com/

    Joy Yee - I hear mixed reviews about Joy Yee since its a small chain and is really a jumble of all types of Asian cooking, but I like it. They have a huge menu, interesting presentations, lots of variety, and quick service. http://www.joyyee.com/

    Have not been ot Fabulous Noodle yet, but hear that its very good. http://fabulousnoodles.com/

    Lemon Grass - good authentic Thai. Once again, not what you will find at the best Chicago spots (Sticky Rice, TAC, Spoon) but as good as anything else in the area. http://www.lemongrassthaicuisine.com/.

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      LikestoEatout RE: wak Jul 16, 2007 08:11 AM

      We ate at Cuisine of India yesterday and thought the buffet was improved over the last time we were there 2 years ago. I believe there is new ownership. The buffet was well attended and kept fresh. At noon, the dining room was full and quite a number of Indian families were, we thought that a good sign.

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      xena RE: Chiliman Jul 16, 2007 06:26 AM

      Not sure where in the Naperville area you'll be (it's grown like mad!) but if you're west there's a good Thai restaurant over in Aurora at Rt 31 (Lake St) & Indian Trail. It's in a schlunky-looking strip mall but the food is good. It did hit a slump at one point when a former owner did things like serve old tea (what a stupid way to chintz out) and smaller portions. He's long gone now and I think things are back to good though it has been a few months since I've been. Delicious green curry.

      http://www.thaispice-restaurant.com/
      Looks like a brand new website, not all pages there yet but you'll find location info.

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        naperwino RE: Chiliman Jul 16, 2007 09:54 AM

        Spring Garden at Rt. 59 & N. Aurora is one of our faves. The food is very fresh, and the sauces aren't too heavy. They do Chinese, Thai and Sushi, and, most importantly, they are BYOB!

        1. janybird RE: Chiliman Jul 16, 2007 10:47 AM

          Masala Yangu recently opened in downtown Naperville. It offers a "potpurri of African, Arab and Indian cultures" and is located on Jefferson Ave. just east of Washington St. in a huge white mansion. I haven't been there yet but heard from others that it is very good. http://www.masalayangu.com

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            renov8r RE: janybird Jul 16, 2007 02:00 PM

            I have eaten there this past weekend. The food was very tasty. Spicey, similar to other cuisines of North African/ Eastern Mediterranean. Lots of beef. I liked it. The space is oddly laid out, was formerly a snack shop or something, not uncomfortable, just a little unusual.

            Had live music too. Overall, a pleasant experience, and unique. I hope they do well. Very much a family operation.

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              janybird RE: renov8r Jul 16, 2007 05:48 PM

              I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I hope to go soon. It is in the "Jefferson Hill Shops" building, a very large white mansion that a former mayor of Naperville and family used to live in. It is in the space that occupied the long-standing Jefferson Hill Tea Room. I was surprised to hear it closed after so many years. The owner of Masala Yangu is a musician as well and his band plays there along with other musicians and entertainers. Sounds intriguing. (Quigleys Irish Pub is in the lower section of the same building).

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            Chiliman RE: Chiliman Jul 17, 2007 06:51 PM

            Thank you- thank you- thank you for all the replies so far.... spot on for what we hoped to see. Keep 'em coming, and please accept my apologies for misspelling Naperville!

            -Michael

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              wak RE: Chiliman Mar 7, 2008 09:47 AM

              A couple other's I've tried recently:

              Indian Harvest on 1021 W Ogden. Not much to look at, but a nice Indian Buffet. I wasn't impressed on my first visit but its grown on me as I've returned. An excellent option for vegetarians, although meat options are more limited. Tandoori chicken and Nan are complementary with the buffet that comes to about $13 for lunch.

              MaPo. 1563 Naperville Wheaton Rd. Used to be Old Peking. Rumor has it that the daughter of the owner took over, renamed it and refreshed the menu. Very good selection of Chinese specialties including the enormous soup bowls that were a specialty at Old Peking as well as a variety of new options. You won't walk away hungry.

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              food.fan RE: Chiliman Mar 5, 2008 07:13 PM

              I have eaten at Masala Yangu several times after first venturing in "by accident" several months ago. This place rocks. The food is East African, with several beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes. Food is full flavored spicy, but not hot. They also have a lunch buffet which is mostly vegetarian, but absolutely delicious!!!! The owners are a husband and wife team; wife is chef. Husband works out front and can often be 'caught" playing the coronet at night doubling as Host and live entertainment. He is both personable and talented. I would agree that the layout is a little different than what you may be used to but I attribute that to the space. I have sent several friends and parties to Masala Yangu and all have thoroughly enjoyed the food, service, and entertainment. if you can find it in this big old mansion on Jefferson, then it's worth any wait for a table.

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                Chicago Wine Geek RE: food.fan Mar 11, 2008 08:00 AM

                Took the family to Joy Yee Noodle off Ogden on Sunday. Great stuff! Tons of menu choices and my kids loved the (much too big) bubble tea/fruit smoothie. We did the beef japanese dumpling, szechwan wonton, korean beef noodle soup and chicken satay. All were very good.

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                dzw120 RE: Chiliman May 15, 2008 11:58 AM

                I'm new here - just read through some of the recommendations and I'll probably be heading to Masala Yangu tonight. If you go to Joy Yee's be sure to pick up some of their bubble tea; don't over-order, though, since the portions there are VERY generous.

                I also have my own website - http://www.napermenus.com - where I've begun listing the menus of Naperville restaurants. Check it out, let me know what you think - I hope it'll eventually become useful to people wondering where to eat. Thanks :)

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