Old Orchard in Skokie
I have a lunch meeting planned on a weekday, and need to meet ..... randomly... in or near the Old Orchard shopping mall in Skokie.
Any decent places to eat? It doesn't need to be fancy/formal. The person I'm meeting could eat sawdust and not care. But I really enjoy tasty food, of all ethnic varieties. The idea of eating in a shopping mall is not my favorite, so if there is nothing there nearby recs would be appreciated.
In the mall itself, there are some excellent places for lunch: California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano's, Cheesecake Factory, and Frontera Fresco. I really LOVE the chopped salad at Maggiano's (I ask them to top mine with grilled chicken). Frontera Fresco, at the southeast entrance to Marshall Fiel... I mean Macy's, has maybe the most unusual good food in the mall itself, although the atmosphere is your basic fast food joint. DON'T go to McCormick and Schmick, as that location is awful; if you want seafood, go instead to Bonefish Grill, south of the mall on Skokie Blvd. There's also an Edwardo's for stuffed pizza, in the same strip mall as Bonefish. For Thai food, Ruby of Siam, pamiam's reco, is decent. I also like Thai Pavilion 2, which is on Church Street near Skokie Blvd, a mile from Old Orchard. www.thaipavilionskokie.com
I am glad I am not alone in my opinion about M&S - whole heartedly agree with the recommendation for ruby of Siam and bonefish grill - if you want a bagel go to bagel country next to bonefish - it is strictly kosher so no meat but excellent bagels
I think I will suggest Frontera Fresco or Maggiano's. If we can get off-site, I'll go for Thai.
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