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Need new family tradition restaurant

JJ. May 1, 2009 06:45 AM

Growing up I used to regularly have family dinners at old school places like the Como Inn, Hickory Pit, Myron & Phil's and Tufano's. Sadly, the first two are gone. I am looking to find some new places like this where I can establish a similar tradition with my young kids -- new to me that is, but a place that has been or will be around for a while. Something that has an old school vibe; a place that fifteen years from now, my kids will have fond memories of regularly eating there.

We live in Wicker Park, so places in that neighborhood would be convenient (although I would like to think I have that area well-covered), but are not limited geographically, or by type of cuisine. The only real criteria, in addition to the above, would be that I can take pretty well-behaved 4 and 6 year olds there.

Any suggestions?


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    ferret RE: JJ. May 1, 2009 06:50 AM


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      ms. chow RE: JJ. May 1, 2009 06:59 AM

      For a similar experience like Como Inn, check out La Scarola. Always a fun time.

      La Scarola Italian Restaurant
      721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

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        gordeaux RE: JJ. May 1, 2009 07:07 AM

        sabatinos -
        not in wicker park, a tiny hike - I'm sure you can figure out an off the beaten path route that would get you there pretty quickly.
        4441 W Irving Park Rd
        Chicago, IL 60641

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          JJ. RE: gordeaux May 1, 2009 08:09 AM

          Thanks all for the suggestions so far. Funny, you are hitting the nail on the head in terms of what I was looking for! However, Club Lucky is all too familiar to us, and I love La Scarola as well, but it is sometimes a little difficult with little ones.

          And, Sabatinos has coincidently been next on my list to try!

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            ms. chow RE: JJ. May 1, 2009 09:52 AM

            Seems you do have your neighborhood very well covered. How about Le Bouchon, Jane's, or Cafe Matou? Just thinking of places that has more staying power. Hmmm, i don't think i've ever encountered kids at Matou.

            Le Bouchon
            1958 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

            Cafe Matou
            1846 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647

            1655 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622

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          dosage54 RE: JJ. Jun 8, 2009 06:39 PM

          What's wrong with with taking your kids to M&Ps? Mark will treat your children like his own, and the food and staff is just like you remember it. And how much farther can the drive be than to La Scarola (my favorite Italian citywide)? Skirt steak with twice fried onions, chopped liver and cocktail pours better than ANYWHERE else. On my list at least once a month,

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