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Glen Ellyn-Winfield restaurants

jliess Feb 25, 2011 06:23 AM

Cousin in town to visit a relative in assisted living in Glen Ellyn/Winfield. Would like to find a nearby lunch/dinner option that is not a chain, has vegetarian/fish option and would be a nice treat. Any ideas in the area?

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    dulcie54 RE: jliess Feb 25, 2011 06:55 AM

    For dinner (or lunch on Fri, Sat, Sun) definitely try the Two Brothers Tap House. It is nearer to Winfield than GE, close to the intersection of Rt 59 and Butterfield. Definitely map it because it is difficult to locate and does not have a sign. The food is good, and the beer is pretty awesome. If you want something closer to a fine dining experience, you might try Sugartoad in Naperville. Otherwise, GE (and certainly Winfield) are pretty barren when it comes to good, non-chain restaurants. Adelle's in Wheaton seems to garner good reviews, but I have been very disappointed on my three visits there.

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      LikestoEatout RE: jliess Feb 25, 2011 08:06 AM

      Caliendo's in right in Winfield, on Winfield Road across from the train. Decent Italian plus pizza. On Rte. 38 (Roosevelt Road) is Morgan's Charhouse, half way between Winfield and Wheaton which is steak house fare. Long time classic in Winfield is John's Restaurant at the corner of Jewel and County Farm Road. Great for standard American fare. There are many places of a wide variety between Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, depends what you are looking for.

      I wouldn't recommend Two Brother's, it's a brewery that happens to serve food and it's in the middle of an industrial park.

      Caliendo's Restaurant
      0S050 Winfield Rd, Winfield, IL 60190

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        Dee S RE: LikestoEatout Feb 25, 2011 01:15 PM

        John's is at the corner of Jewel and Winfield Road. Jewel and County Farm intersection is totally residential. I've not eaten there.

        The area is kind of open and you can find a bunch of places to eat in Wheaton. It's been a while since I lived there but here are my favorites. I try to get to these places when I visit.

        Mai Thai - Wheaton. Great authentic Thai food. Get there early because the place is small and seats fill up fast.
        India Palace - Wheaton (Geneva Road and Main Street; strip mall near Jewell). Fabulous indian food. I know folks who swear by the buffett but we order multiple entrees off the menu.

        South Wheaton has a boat load of offerings as well. I'd recommend searching this board for Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Winfield and West Chicago to get a better sense of what's out there.

        India Palace Restaurant
        242 E Geneva Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187

      2. nsxtasy RE: jliess Feb 25, 2011 08:20 AM

        One of the very best seafood restaurants in the entire Chicago area is very close to Glen Ellyn. Parker's is technically in Downers Grove and it is right off the Highland Avenue exit of I-88. The seafood is outstanding. They also have authentic Neopolitan pizza. I strongly recommend it. www.parkersamerican.com

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          dulcie54 RE: jliess Feb 25, 2011 09:00 AM

          I don't see how the location in an industrial park compromises the food at Two Brothers, which is far superior to the sub-par diner type fare served at Caliendo's, Morgan's and John's Buffet. Parker's is a good choice, but may be 30 or more minutes away depending on where exactly you are.

          Caliendo's Restaurant
          0S050 Winfield Rd, Winfield, IL 60190

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            nsxtasy RE: dulcie54 Feb 25, 2011 09:23 AM

            >> Parker's is a good choice, but may be 30 or more minutes away depending on where exactly you are.

            Huh? Even if you're in the farthest corner of Glen Ellyn, it wouldn't take you more than 20 minutes. And it can be under 10 minutes if you're right off 355.

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              dulcie54 RE: nsxtasy Feb 25, 2011 09:36 AM

              Yes, you are right. The poster does mention the Winfield area as well. Depending on how far north and west of Downer's one is, and also depending on time of day and traffic, I think 30 minutes is certainly within the realm of possible/probable. My own 5 mile commute in this part of the Western suburbs can take 10 minutes...or 45 minutes. There is construction on 355 and Butterfield. Both seem to be having an effect.

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                markh RE: dulcie54 Feb 25, 2011 10:43 AM

                Agreed. Right now with the construction, I could easily see it taking 30 minutes to get from Central Dupage Hospital to Parker's. I'm not saying the OP's assisted living facility is near CDH, but I do know there are several in that area.

                I hope the OP clarifies the location. Glen Ellyn and Winfield aren't even adjacent towns -- the large city of Wheaton separates the two. Glen Prairie (Glen Ellyn) and Central Dupage Hospital (Winfield) are quite a ways apart!

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                  nsxtasy RE: markh Feb 25, 2011 12:48 PM

                  I'm not sure why anyone would quote the 30-45 minute times that a trip to a restaurant would take during the prime commuting hours, when the same trip would only take 10-15 minutes at the hours when people would be most likely to be traveling to and from a lunch or dinner. Unless you're going there for breakfast before work, LOL!

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                    dulcie54 RE: nsxtasy Feb 25, 2011 03:09 PM

                    I think I was trying to speak to the fact that while Parker's is a great choice, it might not necessarily be what some would consider to be "in the area." The OP defined a rather large geographical area. I live in central GE and would allow 20 minutes to get to Parker's. If they are further west and/or north, adding ten minutes is not outrageous. I would never discourage someone from Parker's. Probably the main point of this discussion is that there is certainly a dearth of choices in this part of the western suburbs. Unfortunately. However, on your recommendation, I am going to try Glen Prairie!

                    Glen Prairie
                    1250 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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              LikestoEatout RE: dulcie54 Feb 26, 2011 04:03 AM

              I don't see how you can call these places "sub par diners"




              Plus as some have suggested Wheaton has many options including L'anne's.


              281 Town Sq, Wheaton, IL 60189

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              marciab RE: jliess Feb 25, 2011 09:34 AM

              Glen Prairie is a nice option in Glen Ellyn

              Glen Prairie
              1250 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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                nsxtasy RE: marciab Feb 25, 2011 09:52 AM

                Good recommendation. I had lunch at Glen Prairie a month or two ago and I liked it a lot. It was just lunch, so there wasn't much to go by; I had a very good salad, and the room was very pleasant. There wasn't much of a lunch crowd; I assume (and hope) they get busier at dinnertime. It's in the Crowne Plaza hotel.

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