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Aug 10, 2011 06:07 PM

Lombard Area week of Aug 15

Greetings from San Francisco! I'm a Chowhound visiting the area around Lombard and the VA Hospital next week.

I'm a fan of mom & pop affordable restaurants, safe for a single traveler. Can anyone make some recommendations?

Hot Chocolate downtown sounds pretty tempting for a Dessert Dinner, but I suspect parking is bad.

Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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  1. Greek Islands, the restaurant in Greek Town, has a second location in Lombard and it's affordable.

    My favorite restaurant in that area is Parkers' in Downers Grove. They have terrific seafood and certified Neapolitan pizza. It's not all that expensive, but if you want to save a few bucks, go there for lunch.

    >> Hot Chocolate downtown sounds pretty tempting for a Dessert Dinner, but I suspect parking is bad.

    Hot Chocolate is not downtown; it's in Bucktown. On-street parking isn't bad although it really depends on the hour. It's way easier than most places in San Francisco. I'm not all that thrilled with the desserts there, though. If you really feel like a great dessert experience, go to the Lobby restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel off the Mag Mile on Friday or Saturday night; they have the Chocolate Bar, an all-you-can-eat buffet of 40 or so chocolate desserts in smallish portion sizes so you can try a lot of them.

    Note that driving from Lombard to downtown or Bucktown will take 30-40 minutes in non-commuting hours, and double that during the rush.

    Hot Chocolate
    1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    Parkers' Restaurant & Bar
    1000 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515

    Greek Islands Restaurant West
    300 E 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148

    The Lobby
    108 E Superior, Chicago, IL 60611

    6 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks nsxtasy! Parkers and Greek Islands are both near my hotel, so I'll give them a try. They sound delicious! Parkers website says they have a happy hour with half price bar menu including their pizzas. The also have some Chicago brewed root beer, which sounds like a yummy combo.

      The tips on Hot Chocolate are much appreciated, I'll skip the traffic rush and so-so desserts thanks to you. :)

      Hot Chocolate
      1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

      1. re: gardyloo

        If you'd like to try authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, there are Lou Malnati's not too far from Lombard. Locations with carry-out and delivery only are in Carol Stream (west of Lombard) and Elmhurst (east of Lombard); unfortunately, Lombard is outside the delivery zone of both locations. If you'd like to dine in, you can do that at the location in downtown Naperville on Jefferson. You can phone ahead with your pizza order and they'll have it ready when you arrive, thereby avoiding the need to wait 30+ minutes for it to bake.

        If you'd like to try the double-crust "stuffed pizza" variation on deep-dish, there are nearby locations of Giordano's in Glen Ellyn (west of Lombard), Oak Brook Terrace (east of Lombard), and Downers Grove (south of Lombard). Same deal with phoning ahead.

        See the map to the right (here on this discussion page) where these locations are shown.

        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        110 W Park Ave Ste C, Elmhurst, IL 60126

        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        343 E Geneva Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188

        455 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

        17W280 22nd St, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

        5115 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515

      2. re: nsxtasy

        How's the Portillo's on Butterfield Rd at Finley Square Mall?

        1. re: huiray

          I haven't been there, but in my experience, they do a remarkably consistent job across locations. It's always a good place for Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, burgers, etc. And every location they have does a huge business, too; many of them have to pay for local police to direct traffic outside at lunchtime.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I vote for Parker's. I'm fond of their bouillebaisse, although it is not up to French standards. They do have discounted "bar food" on certain weekday nights and probably worth checking out.

            1. re: CJT

              If you only have time to go to one restaurant, I vote for Parker's too!

      3. Labriola Bakery Cafe would fit your needs quite well, and since you said Greek Islands and Parker's are near your hotel, it is near your hotel as well. The website has downloadable menus:

        When you return from your trip, please let us know what you tried!

        1. If you like a good selection of great Indian food, try the buffet at Viceroy of India on Roosevelt Road, in Lombard. I know they have a lunch one, I'm not sure about dinner.

          Viceroy of India
          19W555 Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148