Good food in Lombard area
I'm going to be in the Chicago area next month for an event and was wondering if there are any good places to eat in Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace or the surrounding areas.
We're going to be on somewhat of a budget (not broke, but we probably can't do anything extravagant) and won't have a lot of time between obligations, but we're pretty open-minded eaters.
Any ideas? Any places to avoid?
This area is much bigger than you may be thinking. There are plenty of restaurants, and plenty of ethnic choices for restaurants.
There's a Giordano's on Cermak (22nd) right there for stuffed ("Chicago style") pizza.
I would HIGHLY recommend Reza's if you like "Persian" (middle eastern) food. Inexpensive, but pretty nice atmosphere, and something for everyone.
Must try form Reza's:
Grilled mushrooms appetizer
Dark (or white) meat chicken kababs with dill rice.
They also have lunch specials, and a lunch buffet.
Maggianos is always decent eats for groups, and there's one in OB. If you have a Maggiano's wherever you are, I'd skip it, but that's me.
Indian - you can get some decent stuff out that way. I guess for atmosphere, I'd go with India House.
Again, the area might be bigger than you are thinking. If you are looking for something specific, please say so. "Good Food" is pretty vague, since there is plenty of good food in the area. I'm not familiar with the area's Thai / Japanese / Chinese places, so I can't comment on any.
for Chinese if you are interested,
get yourself to Ogden Avenue(route 34) from 83 south and go west on Ogden & you will find 3 of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicagoland imho.
Katy's Dumpling House
665 N. Cass
A small location in a strip mall, but top notch noodles, dumplings, and pot stickers
1331 Ogden Ave.
Downers Grove, IL.
The suburban location of one of the top places in chinatown,
4663 Old Tavern Road
My favorite Chinese in Chicagoland, great noodle dishes, eggrolls,e etc.
Enjoy your visit.
Thanks Gordeaux and swsdjeim,
I guess by 'good food' I mean something that's edible and affordable. A friend and I are attending a weekend dance conference, so we're going to be pretty hungry but also pressed for time so we might not have a lot of time for exploring.
My friend and I really love ethnic food, especially Middle Eastern and Indian. I didn't want to specify ethnic in my post though, because I'm not familiar with the area at all and was worried it would be a ethnic culinary wasteland. And I will definitely check out the Chinese places.
In that case, Reza's will not blow you away for Mid Eastern food, but it is definitely passable, and affordable. Standard hummus/ baba ghannouj, falafel preps are ok. You might also wana try the vegetarian shami appetizer. Mushrooms, and chicken kababs are pretty darn good though.
India House should fit your bill as well, although, you kinda have to pay for the atmosphere. I think they might have a buffet at lunch as well. I know a decent "cabbie joint" for desi food if you are interested. This is no frills Indian food. Few tables and chairs, fridge with sodas, hot tea, and that's IT. I only went once (going back tonight as a matter of fact) but I thought they made some pretty decent stuff. It's "meatcentric" Indian a la Pakistani food.
Desi Grill & Pizza
912 E Roosevelt Rd
(Just W of Myers on N side of road. Blink, and you'll miss it)
I'll post something tonight if they come through for the second time in a row.
Tried their Chicken Tawa.
This was an indian version of sweet/sour chicken. It was ok. I ordered it over the phone. The menu did not describe it very well. Still, it was ok, just not what I expected. Chunks of sauteed chicken, green pepper, and onion in a sweet red sauce. Not as disgustingly sweet as the Ameri-Chinese version.
Chicken Kerahi -
Good stuff. Darned good for the price.
Okra. Ok. Nothing to write home about.
I still like this place. I think if you know what to order, you are in ttl business. Good things I've had:
Not so great:
Haleem (too salty when I had it)
Chicken Tawa (not bad, just nothing great at all)
Next to try:
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I would recommend Greek Islands, which is in Lombard and, as its name suggests, features Greek food. Food is very good and reasonably priced.