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Feb 18, 2008 04:39 PM

Lunch in Mt. Prospect

I'm taking my 77 yr old mother out Saturday for lunch. I need some help. I grew up there, and still send some time there. Today was her bday, and my step dad is in the middle stages of alzheimers, so he had no idea. She's pretty bummed and I would like to take her someplace special. Any good ideas? She's all about not eating at "blue haired" places and seeing lots of "young people"! She's not an adventurer, but does love good food. (And loves Flamingo, but I'm looking for someplace different for a change)

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  1. I used to work in Mt P. Not sure what would be "different," but inexpensive yet really good is Salerno's on Kensington / Wolf next door to Photo's. Not much in the way of ambience, but a bustling type place with pizza/pasta/sammiches/a few Italian entrees.

    1. Of course, Flamingo's Seafood was my first thought, but you've got that covered.

      How about Italian? I've had lunch several times at Vita Mia on Golf Road, and it's really quite good, authentic Italian (all dishes, not just pasta and red sauce).

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        That area is very tough for lunch on a Saturday. The first two places I thought of, Retro Bistro and Cafe Lucci, are not open until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Any chance of taking her for a very early dinner?

        I don't know-- maybe someplace up on Wheeling Road or in Arlington Heights instead? I'm going to think about this. It's so nice of you to do this for your mom.

        Edited to add: casting my net a little wider, it appears that La Tasca Tapas is not open for lunch; Osteria di Tramonto is. I can't figure out from its website whether Wildfish Sushi is or not. I've had good lunches at Sakura in Mt. P. but didn't check the hours as I don't think it's terrible special for a lunch outing. Food is good at Periyali in Glenview but again, not such a special outing IMO.

        1. re: bibi rose

          Sorry, I didn't read closely and didn't realize that this is for a Saturday lunch. Vita Mia is NOT open for lunch on Saturdays.

          How about Thai food? AltThai in downtown Arlington Heights is very good, and they're open for lunch seven days a week.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Giacomo's on Wolf just N of Central used to be open for lunch, and is In Mt P. If you are branching out to Wheeling, Glenview, etc as the other posts are leaning towards, you might wanna try out Bob Chinn's, Francesco's Hole In the Wall.

            What about David's Bistro in the strip mall of Wolf/Central??

            1. re: gordeaux

              Remember, the OP is looking for places for lunch on a Saturday. Most restaurants are not open for lunch on Saturdays, even ones that are open for lunch during the week. Giacomo's, Francesco's, and David's are not open for lunch on Saturdays. OTOH Bob Chinn's is open for Saturday lunch and seems like it might be a good option.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                OOh, very good catch on my "reading is a skill" moment. Once again, Nsxtasy is on point. I just assumed they were open for lunch on Saturdays too.

                1. re: gordeaux

                  I did the same thing with my Vita Mia recommendation. ;)

                  BTW, in addition to being closed on Saturdays, Francesco's is on the other side of Northbrook, so it's quite a bit further than the other options mentioned here. If the distance is not an impediment, the OP may wish to also consider Prairie Grass Cafe, in the same area of Northbrook. Prairie Grass Cafe features excellent American/comfort food, and they serve their brunch on Saturdays as well as Sundays.

      2. We took my 91 year old mother to the Country Bistro in Barringtoon and she is still talking about it This enchanting French resturant is at the Foundry shopping center on 14. The service is impecable, food not only served beautifully but it is absollutely delicious. It's really not far from Mt. Prospect and well worth the trip. 847-842-1300 It is one of my favorite resturants.

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        1. re: klmsfd

          Thanks for many great ideas. I completely forgot about the Country Bistro, haven't been in years......Thanks everyone!!

        2. Omigish, if you love Italian, you can't miss Little Villa, it is primo and so authentic, it is on Central and Rand.