River North Friday lunch with kids
We will be in Chicago this Friday with our 4 kids, staying at the Residence Inn on Dearborn. Looking for a lunch spot that is not too far from the hotel (so River North), not too expensive, not a super long wait for a table. Other than that, we are very open as far as cuisine. We're doing Quartino for dinner and getting pizza for lunch Saturday so Italian is covered. Suggestions? Did Portillo's last year (great, but like to try new things) and if I ever have to go to Rainforest Cafe again I'll stick a fork in my eye.
The places you've already mentioned are good suggestions. Here are a few more.
About five blocks west on Hubbard is Steve's Deli, an excellent Jewish deli that should meet your qualifications. In addition to the usual Jewish deli sandwiches, they do a great chicken pot pie, and their beef stuffed cabbage is also good. www.stevesdeli.com
You could also walk east about six blocks on Illinois Street to Fox & Obel. It's our premier gourmet grocery store. They have a cafe in the rear where you can order food prepared to order, including everything from lighter fare to a complete meal. The atmosphere is just your basic coffeehouse but the food is very good. www.fox-obel.com
You could also go to one of our nearby breakfast-specialty places for lunch, including Orange on Clark Street ( www.orangerestaurantchicago.com ), Yolk on Wells ( www.yolk-online.com ), or Eggsperience on Ontario ( www.eggsperiencecafe.com ).
I'd also suggest Hub 51- the food is very good (esp the chicken nachos) and it has great variety on its menu. They're on open table and if you're going for dinner- you'll definitely need a reservation.
Lunch with 4 kids? I'm going to buck the trend and suggest Heaven on Seven (Cajun) or Ben Pao (Chinese). Steve's is also a reasonable suggestion.
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
52 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60610