dinner for tuesday
I am looking for somewhere to go to dinner on Tuesday night with a group of six - my parents will be in town. They want to go somewhere close by (near dearborn and superior) - either a quick cab or walking. We just wanted somewhere where we could sit down for a meal and be able to have a conversation. My dad is a bit of a picky eater - I was thinking chinese (but not in chinatown), american, or something where he can get a pretty simple meal. Also, we have one pescevegetarian, but it cant be a seafood place bc we have some ppl who dont eat seafood. I want entrees under $20 since we are doing a nicer dinner later in the week. Also, I dont want Italian. I wanted to be able to make a reservation or go somwhere where there won't be a wait around 7:30 on a Tuesday night. Any ideas?
Hop in a cab and go to Greektown. My favorite restaurant there is Parthenon, but it can get loud there. Pegasus tends to be a little bit quieter. They both take reservations and are good at handling larger parties.
- Ben Pao - since you were thinking of Chinese. The food is good, but towards the high end of your budget, walking distance from where you are.
- Quartino's - Italian small plates. Also good food, but beware it gets REALLY loud.
- Grand Luxe Cafe - I'm not a huge fan, but it has everything you are looking for, including simple dishes for your Dad and vegetarian fare.
Probably a bunch of places within a quick cab ride or walking distance for you. If I had your criteria, I would go to Reza's. Quick cab ride 10 blocks or so. Persian / Mid Eastern fare. Very simply spiced shish ka babs for your dad - mostly lemon / garlic. Pretty good broiled scallops, shrimp or whitefish + a host of mid eastern veggi stuff - hummus, baba ghannouj, falalfel, etc. White tablecloths, a nice brass bar area, but not stuffy at all. Prices should be well within your range. My recs for must tries:
Broiled Mushrooms appetizer - butter, garlic, lemon, white wine, maybe a hint of worcestershire. I love these things.
Baba Ghannouj - I think they do this well
Vegetarian Shami appetizer - Falafel in a pomegranite sauce (has crushed walnuts, so beware of allergies)
Dark meat chicken kababs and dill rice. (Their white meat chicken is juicy as well, but dark meat is always more tender)
They also have filet kebabs, turkey kebabs, broiled quail, and lamb also. They do have a few vegetarian stew type dishes that I have never had much luck with with. Fish, meat, foul, and appetizers seem to be the way to go. I like this place a lot. It's an old standby. And if you do go with 6 ppl, and all are mushroom fans, I'd suggest you get two orders of their broiled shrooms. They are a good example of simple umami. Nice and tangy. To sum up their flavor, I'll quote my mother: "That tastes like more!"
Don't let the Persian or "Mid-Eastern" tag scare your Dad off. The kebabs are VERY simply spiced. Lots of lemon juice, olive oil, and a bit of garlic.
La Sardine is an excellent French Bistor in the West Loop with a Tuesday special - $25 for your choice of any appetizer, entree, and dessert. One of the best deals in town. Check out the menu on their web site if you think this would fit the bill.