Anything good-n-reasonable near Oakbrook Terrace,
Attending meeting at the Marriott this weekend, could get out for something that shouldn't be missed. Nice atmosphere is reasonably important.
Is this the Marriott in Oak Brook on 22nd St, or the Courtyard in Oakbrook Terrace off Butterfield (on Transam Plaza Drive)?
If it's the Marriott on 22nd Street, there are a whole bunch of restaurants in Oak Brook Center, the shopping mall across the street from the hotel ( www.oakbookcenter.com ). These include:
as well as the national chains of Maggiano's, Cheesecake Factory, and California Pizza Kitchen. Reel Club is my favorite restaurant in the area.
If it's the Courtyard off Butterfield, Oak Brook Center is about a mile east of there; take Butterfield to 22nd Street.
There's a Giordano's on 22nd Street between the two. There, you can get our delicious deep-dish double-crust "stuffed" pizza. Phone ahead (630-530-7799) with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake. www.giordanos.com
There are also many, many national chain restaurants throughout that area; you'll find them sprinkled liberally along 22nd Street, Butterfield Road, and Roosevelt Road.
NICE ATMOSPHERE AND REASONABLY PRICED:
Reza's on 22nd street for Persian...pretty good Middle Eastern lunch and dinner buffet.
Viceroy of India is just up the road at Highland Avenue and Roosevelt. Also has a lunch and weekend brunch buffet, pretty good stuff.
Greek Islands has a nice Mediterranean decor, relatively large portions, and reasonably priced.
I had a dinner at Viceroy in Lombard on Roosevelt road once. Perhaps the buffet is much better, but I thought the dinner menu was horribly over priced, and the dining room looked like a 1974 hotel cocktail lounge. We ordered meat thali, and a few a la carte items. The food was decent, thought the reshmi kababs were inedible. The prices were definitely outrageous (imo.) If the food or the decor was anything to write home about, I could try to understand the upcharges, but neither was anything remotely special. It may have been an "off night," but the food we had for the prices were enough for me to write it off for a while.
Don't know what you mean by "nice" but you might want to try this for a casual lunch.
You pay and order at the counter and your food is brought to you. The owner is a foodie. His main biz is baking for restaurants and such. Everything is good. Love the wood fired pizzas. The arugula and mushroom pizza is very tasty.
Thanks all for the replies, have some ideas for future trips. Used to live in VP, so I am familiar with the area but don't get back much anymore as the parents are gone and we have moved away. We did get out to Reel Club and had a nice dinner, my wife was happy. I haven't adjusted to wine prices in restaurants and I have a guilt trip about seafood anymore given the sustainable issues but we don't do it much.