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Casual Dinner In Northbrook Area

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kwe730 Jan 10, 2011 08:45 PM

A friend of mine that I have not seen in a long time is coming to town for business and I'm trying to think of a place that we can meet for dinner. Looking for something casual with good food where the staff won't mind if we keep the pace slow so we can chat and catch up. From reading the Chowhound board, the first place that comes to mind is Charlie Beinlich's, but wondered if anyone else had any other ideas. Thanks!

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  1. chicgail RE: kwe730 Jan 11, 2011 01:36 AM

    Francesca's North. It's not quite as casual at Beilich's, but quieter with good food that can be paced slowly.

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    Francesca's North
    1145 Church St, Northbrook, IL 60062

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      jjo RE: kwe730 Jan 11, 2011 08:15 AM

      Check out Prairie Grass Cafe if you want something a bit above a are with good burgers, which is what Charlie Beinlich's is. Francesca's North is good for Italian.

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      Francesca's North
      1145 Church St, Northbrook, IL 60062

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        dlpens RE: jjo Jan 11, 2011 05:17 PM

        You also have Blue Grass in Highland Park with wonderful dishes including cajun as the chef is from the south. Very nice atmosphere. And there is Next Door in Northbrook, next to Hole in the Wall with great Italian food although they both can get quite noisy. My wife and I love Beinlich's but remember that it is set up like a 1940's northern Wisconsin bar. They still sell soft drinks from 2 liter bottles! For Pan Asian there is Pacific Rim in Northbrook, which serves up Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese food. The booths by the sushi bar are very comfortable and relaxing. Also consider J. Alexanders in Deerfield. Pick a cuisine and many more recs will appear. Don

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          kwe730 RE: dlpens Jan 12, 2011 05:05 AM

          Don, I appreciate the recs that you and the other posters gave me. I'm definitely not interested in red sauce Italian, but open to most everything else. The location of the J. Alexanders would be great, but the last time I ate at one (in another city), everything I wore that night had to be sent to the cleaners because of a very poor ventilation system. Casual is a big plus...as in nice jeans.
          Thanks!

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            rjka RE: dlpens Jan 12, 2011 08:19 AM

            Abigail's Bistro in Ravinia is another option.

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              dlpens RE: rjka Jan 14, 2011 02:24 PM

              Abigail's Bistro in Ravinia is wonderful - but it can get very very noisy. When we go there we try to get in very early before the bar fills up and the noise level increases.

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