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Dec 10, 2007 11:27 AM

Saturday Lunch Rec's

My wife, 1 year old daughter, and myself will be coming into Chicago from the suburbs on Saturday morning for a day of activities, and food.

We are going to the Shedd Aquarium in the morning and need a decent lunch spot somewhere between the aquarium, the American Girl Store, and the Navy Pier area where the condo we are staying is located. We want a decent lunch, not to heavy since we are going to Joe's Seafood, Prime Steaks, and Stone Crab for a 5 p.m. dinner and plan to indulge. No pizza, Greek, Heaven on Seven, or trendy restaurants rec's please, we just need some good food options somewhere in the areas mentioned.

We will be cabbing it once we park our truck @ the condo near Navy Pier after a moring at the Shedd. Any rec's of places in the Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, or American Girl areas would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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  1. What about Bandera's on Michigan Ave. It's close to the American Girl place. I've been there for dinner but I have heard good things about the lunch menu. I checked the menu on and the prices are not that unreasonable for the area. If you can get a window view, it's a great scene to look out at. Plus, I think your daughter won't be out of place.

    535 N. Michigan Ave

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    1. re: lbs

      thank you,

      I checked out the menu as well, and I will add Bandera to my list.

      1. re: swsidejim

        There's a burger place on lower Michigan which is pretty good - it's not Boston Blackie but similar name that I am competely blanking on. But they still allow smoking at the bar and I didn't think it be good for your daughter (or any one really). RL is very good but pricey. Cozy though. I also heard that the FoodLife in the Watertower Place is good for a quicker/cheaper alternative.

        1. re: lbs

          thanks again,

          I will check out the area, and RL. We may just bite the bullet, and get something to eat at the Shedd Aquarium, or @ Navy Pier depending on time constraints.

          Thankfully smoking will soon be a thing of the past in restaurants. I cannot wait until Jan 1st for the smoking ban to take effect.

          1. re: lbs

            You're talking Billygoat under MI Ave at Hubbard.
            The smell of the wonderful grease easily overpowers any smokers.
            It's also quite fun for the kids even though they never say the Saturday Night Live skits that made the place nationally famous.

            1. re: lbs

              FoodLife is a good suggestion or Mity Nice Grill (sit down restaurant at the back of FoodLife) would be good too. They're not the most spectacular restaurants in Chicago, but they're good for what they are. I don't recall ever having bad food in either and they would be kid-friendly. I also like L'Appetito in the Hancock for a quick lunch.

        2. The Fox & Obel Cafe is not too far from Navy Pier. It is very casual, but the food is very good.

          Other options in Streeterville - Coco Pazzo Cafe, Emilio's Tapas, Kamehachi (sushi/Japanese), Indian Garden.

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          1. re: SuzMiCo

            Coco Pazzo's menu looks pretty good, Ill add that to the list of places to think about. Thank you.

          2. I was at Shedd Aquarium this summer with my Nephews and we ended up eating there out of convenience. The food wasn't terrible, and they have a few different stations set up with different alternatives.

            American Girl also has a cafe, but I've never eaten there. RL is right next door, which is one of my favorites- but it is quite heavy. Right across the street in Watertower is Foodlife which has a great variety, but will likely be madness during this time of year.

            If I were you, I'd eat at Shedd or at Fox & Obel cafe which is right by the condo you are renting.

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            1. re: blondie60614

              Thanks for the info on the food @ the Shedd

              We are probably leaning towards a quick bite @ the Shedd, I do not want to eat too much, or too late, and lessen my appetite for the stone crabs, and prime beef waiting for me at dinner. We are staying @ a condo on McClurg Court & Grand Ave., so the cab rides to The American Girl Store, Joes, and Navy Pier should be quick and easy.

            2. Just a follow up post. Since we were going out for an early, big dinner we decided to eat at 11:00 a.m. at the Soundings restaurant at the Shedd. After checking out the food court, and seeing the cost for a hotdog @ over $7.00 it made going to Soundings a no-brainer. Soundings had a very simple menu, but the view of the city, and the lake are thier draw, probably not the food. I had a very acceptable Caesar Salad, and an order of chicken wings, & my wife had the Oriental Chicken salad. All decent, and just a nice light lunch. Total tab with tip was $40.00.