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Dec 1, 2008 03:15 PM
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Suggestions near the Old Town School of Folk Music?

Wondering if anyone has dinner suggestions near the Old Town School of Folk Music located at 4544 N. Linconln Ave. in Chicago. Don't know the neighborhood and looking for a great place to have an early dinner. Very adventerous diners who love ethnic foods of all types. Thanks!

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  1. You're in luck as there's a LOT of good places to eat around here (my neighborhood). I'm zeroing in, though, on your comment about being very adventerous diners who love ethnic foods - and suggesting that you treat yourself to Spoon Thai. IMO one of the best Thai restaurants in the Chicago metro area (just . . . can't . . . type . . . Chicagoland). Ask for the translated Thai menu (aka "the secret menu", though it's hardly secret really).

    Spoon Thai Restaurant
    4608 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 769-1173

    1. That stretch of Lincoln Avenue just south of Lincoln Square has a lot of good places. Bistro Campagne ( www.bistrocampagne.com ) is an excellent French bistro, and Fiddlehead Cafe ( www.fiddleheadcafe.com ) and Tallulah ( www.tallulahchicago.com ) are also worth considering. All three are right on Lincoln within a block of the Old Town School. (FWIW, I haven't been all that impressed with Spoon Thai - not that it's bad, just that in my experience it's no better than dozens of other Thai restaurants around town.)

      1. Throw a rock and eat where it lands. Many good choices. Tank, about a half block down, is great for sushi. The previously-mentioned Bistro Campagne is a couple of doors away from Tank. Los Nopales is a very good Mexican place about 1-1/2 blocks away. Spacca Napoli is a bit farther, about 6 blocks, but if you're driving it would be my first choice. In any case, the Old Town School is probably the best music venue in town. Enjoy the show.

        1. I would recommend Chalkboard. They have wonderful seasonal cuisine which changes with the chef's mood, which I would describe as contemporary American with traditional influences. I had a decent experience at Fiddlehead also, and would go back for the wine flights, but I would plan for the possibility of slow/poor service.

          1. Strong seconds to both Bistro Campagne and Spoon Thai. Tank sushi also very good as are Fiddlehead, Tulullah's and Chalkboard.

            Have a great evening.