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Special Occasion reco needed in the Fox Valley area

HungryLetsEat Jan 14, 2008 04:30 AM

It's my mother's birthday in a couple of weeks and my sister and I are flying in from out of town to spend the weekend with her. Our elderly parents live in St. Charles, so we're looking for someplace to take her in the Fox Valley area. Neither my sister nor I have lived in the area for several years so we could use a tutorial on what's available beyond Rex's Cork & Fork and The Mill Race Inn for special occasions. I'm sure there are all sorts of new possibilities.

(I read about Niche and Isabella's in another post and am considering those, but would like to hear more suggestions.)


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    swsidejim Jan 14, 2008 07:13 AM

    Hopfully the poster "LikestoEatOut", sees this thread, and posts. They live in that area, and always have good rec's of places they have been to.

    In that area I go to:

    Mill Race Inn - Geneva
    Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse - St. Charles
    Hotel Baker - St. Charles

    Enjoy your visit.

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      LikestoEatout Jan 14, 2008 08:26 AM

      Good call on the Hideaway! I love going there! Very reliable old school steakhouse with great ambience, especially if you get back by the fireplace, however they'v gone a little overboard on the Al Capone theme in recent years. I think nsxtasy's link above pretty much hit everything. We haven't tried Fahrenheit , it does sound intriguing.

      1. re: LikestoEatout
        HungryLetsEat Jan 15, 2008 09:51 AM

        The Hideaway!?! I'm surprised that place is still open. Went there for prom maaaany moons ago. I'll look into it. Thanks for the replies.

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          swsidejim Jan 15, 2008 09:54 AM

          ate there a couple of times last summer.


    2. nsxtasy Jan 14, 2008 06:10 AM

      You'll find a discussion of the best places in Geneva in the topic at

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        SirEatsALot Jan 14, 2008 05:35 AM

        Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but I've heard very good things about Fahrenheit. Here is a review by the local paper...


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          nsxtasy Jan 14, 2008 09:09 AM

          Additional reviews on Fahrenheit (haven't been there yet myself):

          Metromix (Tribune) - http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants/article/first-look-fahrenheit/248377/content

          Time Out Chicago - www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/restaurants-bars/24821/fahrenheit

          Chicago Magazine - www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/N...

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