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A tourist visitor here: I'm headed tomorrow to the Oak Park area to check out the Frank Lloyd Wright museum home and walking tour. We're based at the Hyatt Regency (North Loop). On searching this board, it appears that the threads are getting a bit dated. So here goes! We're likely to need a rather late lunch. We'll have a car.

Any recommendations out in those parts for three adults and a child with quite flexible tastes? Preferably nothing too pricey (no more than about $15 per person; cheaper is nice). Ethnic is great. Sandwiches and soups, too. But we might have trouble with any place that closes mid-afternoon.

Also, as we'll have a car, we could try some place nearby, maybe one not too out of the way as we head back to the Loop.

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  1. Bada Bing -
    Pizza, Mexican, Thai - any interest?
    And also, what day and time?

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    1. re: gordeaux

      We'll be there early afternoon today (Aug. 18). Honestly, as I said, we're pretty eclectic in tastes. It might help to add that my companions are from Washington state (Seattle area), and they therefore have very good Thai out there already. The Mexican food around them is actually quite ho-hum, mostly, and they have little access to things like Polish, German, Turkish, etc.

      Now that I think of it, my son is keen on a trying a German place, although I sometimes think that he imagines that to mean Döner Kebabs from Germany, about which I wax nostalgic from time to time.

      1. re: Bada Bing

        BadaBing: I was reading another food board (LTH) and their is an active topic of Kebabs. It is not close to Oak Park but if you have a car, you may want to check it out since you mentioned that you were thinking of fondly of them. I have not been but this post came to mind when i read it. On the far Northside in Rogers Park.

        SP Kebab
        6808 n. Sheridan
        773-856-3755

      2. Thanks, lbs and gordeaux. We got the kebab and Mexi recs too late to make use of them. But we'll keep an eye of for occasions to follow up. I wish I'd asked sooner, but I'm traveling with people who decide what to do more or less last minute.

        We ended up leaving Oak Park entirely and driving to Chinatown for late lunch at Double Li, which was quite satisfying.

        1. Eyrie is the student-run restaurant of the cooking school of Robert Morris University in downtown Oak Park. It is open for lunch Tuesdays through Saturdays, and for dinner the first and third Saturday of the month. I ate lunch there today and I thought it was outstanding!

          I started with their caramelized onion soup, which is a cream-based pureed soup, and it was fantastic.

          For a main, I had the shrimp Cobb salad, and it was very good, with plenty of plump tender shrimp. Not an unusual dish, but well executed.

          For dessert, I had their citrus pot de creme with rosemary lemon cake and fresh strawberries, and this was fantastic too. It was presented as three items plated together, and each was so delicious, I spent half the time eating each one separately, and the other half combining them in spoonfuls. This was the best dessert I've had in quite a while!

          You can BYOB at dinner, but not at lunch (apparently something having to do with a town ordinance or their licensing).

          Eyrie
          128 N. Oak Park Avenue
          Oak Park, IL 60301
          708.763.8380
          www.eyrierestaurant.com