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May 17, 2010 11:26 AM

Visiting friends! Where do you go to eat in the St Charles area?

I'll be staying with friends for five days I am looking for restaurants in the general vicinity. I have transportation to go anywhere. where do we eat When we are not in chicago
Deep dish pizza
fine dining

Anything other than chain food places in the area. in other words local places have good food

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  1. I recommend Bien Trucha, a Mexican restaurant in Geneva (the town next to St. Charles). The tacos come in orders of four which is great for sharing. I have tried most of the taco combinations and have loved them, but the fish tacos are definitely my favorite. We also enjoy the guacamole and the margaritas.

    We ate there over the weekend and also tried the side of corn which was wonderful, charred and mixed with cheese, peppers and lemon.

    Bien Trucha
    410 W State St, Geneva, IL 60134

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    1. re: AluminumChef

      there are two deep dish places in st charles giordano's or Lou Malnati's Which is better isnt there a prix fixe place in Aurora Chef a? epicurian feast

      1. re: coachrbc

        Lou Malnati's is definitely my preference. The only other deep dish place that compares is the original Uno's and Due's downtown.

    2. Here are some discussions where you'll find recommendations in the St. Charles area:

      Restaurant Picks for Geneva, IL -
      Geneva, IL rests? -
      Another NYer visiting Chicago (mostly West Chicago though) -
      Special Occasion reco needed in the Fox Valley area -

      >> Deep dish pizza
      >> Mexican
      >> fine dining
      >> Seafood

      There are two principal kinds of deep-dish pizza. One is a single-crust "pizza in the pan", and Lou Malnati's is as good as anyone's. The other is a double-crust "stuffed pizza" and Giordano's is as good as anyone's. Both are excellent, but if you've never had our deep-dish pizza, I suggest starting with Malnati's, since pizza in the pan is the original type first introduced by Uno in 1943. Wherever you go, phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

      For Mexican, I've heard good things about Bien Trucha, haven't been there though.

      There are numerous "casual fine dining" restaurants mentioned in the topics listed above.

      For great seafood, go to Hugo's Frog Bar in Naperville or Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg.

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Thanks i'm also looking forgood traditional greek foonear halstead which are your favorites. i don't mean souvlaki joints i mean places where i can get lemon potatoes and stewed okra

        1. re: coachrbc

          There's a discussion of the Greek restaurants in Greek Town at

          However, if you're staying in St. Charles, you don't need to go all the way downtown for authentic Greek food. Greek Islands, one of the most well-known restaurants in Greek Town, has a second location in west suburban Lombard that's a lot closer to St. Charles than going downtown.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            No need to leave St Charles for Greek, you can go to Odyssey 2 in St Charles on East Main across from the Charlestown Mall. We have gone a number of times, excellent service and food.


            Odyssey 2
            3755 E Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174

        2. re: nsxtasy

          The local branch of Lou Malnati's is in Geneva Commons and is a carry out only. There is a Giordano's in St Charles.

          1. re: LikestoEatout

            Good to know.

            I see there's a location of Gino's East in St. Charles. They too serve deep-dish "pizza in the pan". I assume they are eat-in as well as carry-out, yes?

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Yes, Gino's East is in a large building that housed Tin Cup Pass some 25 years ago. I haven't been in Gino's in about 10 years though and that was for a political fundraiser so I can't comment on quality but I did enjoy the pizza we had.

          2. re: nsxtasy

            Hugo's sound excellent. How is the fish at Greek islands I usually go to Greek restaurants in Astoria, Qns. for fresh fish. If you are ever in NYC try Stamatis you feel like your are in Greece most of the side converstions are in Greek. that flaming cheese must be a Chicago thing because it's not all that common in NYC

            1. re: coachrbc

              The fish at Greek Islands is very fresh.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                Sounds real good. Much better than Geek Odssessy? Is it better than the Parthenon and can i get lemon potatoes . i will be going to a cubs game on Saturday anywhere to eat near there. ethnic or bar food

                1. re: coachrbc

                  Greek Islands and the Parthenon are both very popular here.

                  For recommendations near Wrigley Field, see

                1. re: Eldon Kreider

                  According to its entry in Wikipedia, saganaki originated in Greek cuisine and is named after the pan in which it is prepared. However, the entry gives credit to the Parthenon restaurant here in Chicago for the practice of flambeeing it tableside and extinguishing it with lemon juice. The Parthenon's own website is consistent with this distinction, taking credit only for the flambeeing.

            2. There was a St Charles sushi restaurant featured on ABC's "190 N" tv show Sunday night. Anyone have experience with this one?