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Sep 20, 2009 09:36 AM

Oak Park upscale?

My conference venue got moved from downtown to Oak Park (darn - I was looking forward to another Topolobampo meal). Most threads for Oak Park centered on bohemian/Eastern European, which is okay, but I was hoping for some upscale recs, too. TIA!

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  1. Sadly, no such place exists. Gaetano's in nearby Forest Park offers great Italian. If you must eat in OP, I'd go to Marion St. Grill.

    1. If I'm not mistaken, Maya Del Sol owner/partner is a Bayless alum if you wanna try something along the lines of the topo genre close by - although it would probably be closer to Frontera than topo. If upscale means dressy to you, not sure this will fit as it's not jacket required.

      Might wanna look into Hemingway's, Maya Del Sol, Marion Street Grille.
      But, as hoppy suggested, Gaetano's is great Italian. I'd make that my first choice without hesitation. Can be a hoppin room, but the food is easily worth it. EASILY.

      Second Tier of places might be like:
      La Bella Pasteria
      Cafe Winberie
      (QQ for other posters) What's in the spot where Cafe Le Coq used to be?

      Did I mention that Gaetano's would be my first choice?

      4 Replies
      1. re: gordeaux

        Geatano's easily. But go with colleagues and order one of the tasting menus.

        1. re: gordeaux

          Klay Oven is in the space formerly occupied by Cafe le Coq. Not "upscale".

          Agree that Maya Del Sol and Hemmingways generally have good food; not destination restaurants, but fine when you are in the neighborhood. We've also had good meals at Briejo on Harrison, in the Arts District, and Cucina Paridiso, on North Boulevard just west of Oak Park Ave (better than La Bella Pasteria for Italian).

          1. re: masha

            Have to agree, go to Gaetano's if you want "upscale" but not snobby. I actually just had dinner there on Saturday night. I highly recommend the Chef's Pasta Delight - homemade pasta in this amazing butter + parmesan sauce with fresh shaved black truffles over it. YUM! You really can't go wrong with anything on their menu. another option is the Wild board served over polenta. I guarantee you will be hugging yourself after eating!!

            His tasting menus may be the best way to taste many things, but GO HUNGRY!! He tends to over-feed you at times.

            Good luck!

            1. re: rocks67

              I gained weight just reading your post! I'll have 3 weeks to lose weight before the conference starts - looks like I'll need to start today. Thanks to all of you for all the recs!