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Jun 6, 2011 01:21 PM

Local Needs Help - Baby Ok Dinners in Specific Areas

Hi all -

My mom, sisters, and SIL go out to dinner once a week. My SIL just had a baby and she is now 7.5 months old. When the baby was younger, we really didn't have a problem taking her anywhere because all she did was sleep. Now she is a lot more vocal/mobile and whereas we find her freaking adorable, I'm sure some diners don't find the baby screech as cute. And she is not at the age yet where you can "Shush" her and she'll listen. So we've gotten into a rut of eating at the same places that are tolerable to the little one. And this is where you all come in: Help! I can't eat Bad Apple one more time!

Another set of directions on top of the baby deal is that 2 of us are traveling from downtown after work and the rest are on the northside area (Albany Park, Rogers Park, Edgewater). Our boundaries are basically Brown Line Montrose to Kimball and Red Line Irving Park to Howard. This makes it easier for everyone to meet and the downtowners can walk a 1/2 mile or so to the restaurant.

Restaurants we've been too and really like:

Sunshine Cafe
Bad Apple
The Greek place in Lincoln Square
Los Nopales
A couple places for Indian on Devon
Spoon Thai (but sometimes feel like we take over the place with 5 adults)
Grand Katathci (sushi) on Damen
42 N. Latitude

Fork - waitstaff was awesome. Patrons were giving us the hairy eyeball. Which is really prompted this thread.

We are open to anything. Just want to get out of the rut and this is the first baby in the family.

5 adults. We normally eat out Wednesday or Thursday at around 6-6:30 so its not like prime dating/couple hour.

Thanks so much! I normally have to pick the place and would love some new options.

Spoon Thai
4608 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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  1. I would suggest Spacca Napoli (the pizza is done in 5 minutes, so can get in and out fast if you need to), The Daily (they have big booths and it's loud), Fountainhead (we have had success there for whatever reason, it wasn't too crowded and had a good noise level for any outbursts). There is Crepe's A Latte which is uninspiring but fine for a backup, and Blue Bayou on Southport which is further away but decent, and again, for whatever reason it seems to work for us as long as you go on the early side.
    Sorry this list isn't bigger, I think you've listed the other restaurants that are baby friendly in the neighborhood, in my opinion. I have an 18 month old, sometimes it's easier just to go where you want and leave if you have to.

    Spacca Napoli
    1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

    Blue Bayou
    3734 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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    1. re: Shaggy

      Thanks Shaggy! I forgot about Spaca Napoli. And will definitely check out the others. This is all new ro my family so we are trying figure out things out.

    2. If you're interested in venturing to Roscoe Village, the local online news site has a story on this topic today. Frasca and Wishbone in particular are very close to the Paulina Brown Line stop:

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      1. re: mcgeary

        I agree, both of those are really baby friendly.

        1. re: Shaggy

          Great - thanks! I also forgot about Rockwell's on Rockwell. They have really good pub food and surprisingly good Mexican specials.