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Half way tween Evanston/Schaumburg--Help!

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I would like to meet a friend for dinner halfway between Evanston and Schaumburg. We both would both normally look for a place with excellent food, but considering the geographic requirement, I think if we find someplace with decent food we'll settle. It needs to be a quiet, nice place that won't kick us out or move us along quickly as we'd like to catch up after not seeing each other for years. Decent wine a must too.

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  1. Would Buffalo Grove or Northbrook work for you? I believe that's not too far off from being in between...

    If it DOES work, you're in luck- there are plenty of GREAT places in this area.

    1. Wildfire in the Glen is always reliable. But as Nikki pointed out, depending on how you define "halfway" there are countless options in Wheeling/Northbrook/Buffalo Grove/Northefield/Glenview.

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      1. re: ferret

        One place I like is Retro Bistro, nw corner of Busse/Golf, in Mount Prospect. Casual, bistro fare, good food, not expensive. I don't drink but looks like a nice wine selection.

        Also, Pappadeux, cajun seafood, s/e corner of Golf/Algonquin in Arlingotn Heights.

        Also, Yannis, nice, more upscale Greek--n/e corner of Arlington Heights/Algonquin in Arlington Heights, same parking lot as Mitsuwa Market.

        Well I guess those last few are alot closer to Schaumburg. There's also David's Bistro, Wolf/Central in Des Plaines, also a nice, small bistro.

        1. re: ferret

          Sorry, David's Bistro is kaput.

        2. The drive between the Evanston and Schaumburg is effectively a straight shot across Golf Rd. for about 45 minutes. Mt Prospect is about a 40/60 split in distance between the two, depending on where in Schaumburg. In addition to Retro Bistro on Golf and Busse (good choice), there is also an Italian restaurant in that same strip mall named Vita Mia. Good pastas and fits the atmosphere / wine requirement as well.

          Des Plaines is also a good in between location. Schaumburg person can come down on the Tollway, while Evanston can come over on Golf/Dempster. My research when I was trying to coordinate a similar dinner pointed me to Oliveti's Italian. There's also a Leona's Italian there as well.

          There's also a slew of good Korean restaurants in the area, although they'll be lacking in the wine department, but will all have soju liquor and beer. Our favorite is Pusan Barbecue restaurant on Elmhurst Rd. just south of Golf in Mount Prospect.

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          1. re: tex888

            Just north of Golf on Milwaukee you have Periyali and the wonderful Cafe Lucci.

            1. re: bibi rose

              I found Colette French Bistro at the Sofitel O'Hare. Has anyone eaten there?

              1. re: bibi rose

                I found Colette French Bistro at the Sofitel O'Hare. Has anyone eaten there?

                1. re: mousse

                  You know what, if wine is important you really should go to Cafe Lucci (Glenview) at some point. The owner/wine guy, Bobby Arifi, was just written up in the Wall Street Journal for his dedication to seeking out good wines. The service is out of this world; no way will they rush you and you can move to the comfortable bar if you want to chat even longer. Just be sure and get a reservation if it's a weekend.