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May 24, 2011 08:00 AM

In Des Plaines for two nights this week - need recommendation

I looked over a few of the other posts but they seemed to gravitate to fine dining and I'm not looking for that. Looking for a good hearty meal moderate to a bit upscale is ok. No steak as we are probably hitting Gibsons up one night. Thanks...

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  1. Having grown up in Des Plaines, I can say you're probably going to need to venture out just a bit to find a good restaurant...Des Plaines doesn't have a ton to do. I can recommend Paradise Pup on the corner of Des Plaines River Rd. and Oakton St however. They have amazing char-grilled burgers and hot dogs. It's a small shack next to a car repair shop, can't miss it. Rosemont has some decent options; McCormick and Schmick's, Harry Caray's, and if you drive west on Northwest Highway, downtown Arlington Heights has some nice restaurants.

    Paradise Pup
    1724 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

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    1. re: reneruedas1

      Yup, that's good advice. Some of the places I'd recommend in Arlington Heights are altThai for Thai food, Salsa 17 for creative Mexican, and Yanni's for Greek. For deep-dish pizza, there's a Lou Malnati's in Elk Grove Village, and a Giordano's in Rosemont. For Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs, and burgers, there's a Portillo's on Dempster in Niles. I'd also recommend Mitchell's Fish Market in Glenview for seafood, Cooper's Hawk in Wheeling for American food (they also have a winery so there's a room for free tasting before dinner and their wines are attractively priced at dinner), and it's not terribly far to take the Kennedy (I-90) into the city to Smoque for barbecue, if you enjoy your barbecue smoky and dry rubbed.

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Smoque, eh? That might be the place...

        is Mitchell's a really good seafood place? Its always worth the effort.

        1. re: pktaske

          Mitchell's is part of a chain like McCormick & Schmicks, although their execution is better

          McCormick & Schmick's
          1 E Wacker Dr Lbby 3, Chicago, IL 60601

          1. re: pktaske

            Mitchell's Fish Market is indeed a really good seafood place. The seafood is extremely fresh, and I really like their menu preparations. I especially recommend their "kung pao calamari" and also any of their items "shang hai style" (steamed with soy and green onions).

            It is a chain and I have found that their seafood is significantly better than the independent seafood restaurants around town, as well as most of the other restaurants associated with chains. I agree with ferret's description - "their execution is better". (I used to like McCormick & Schmick's but I went to the Skokie location last year and it was just plain awful.) I've been to most of the well-known moderately-priced seafood restaurants around Chicago and my two favorites are Mitchell's in north suburban Glenview, and Parker's in west suburban Downers Grove (Shaw's, downtown and in Schaumburg, and Reel Club, in Oak Brook, are also quite good).