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Far South 'burbs Recommendations?

Warthog Dec 4, 2012 12:10 PM

I'm heading home for the holidays, and will now be centering my activities further south than in previous years. Any good recs in the swath from about Crown Point westward to the Momence area would be welcome - C.P., St. John, Cedar Lake, Crete, Beecher, Steger, Momence, Richton Park, etc. Or put another way, center on roughly Balmoral Park racetrack (to pick a convenient landmark), and anything worth trying that's 15-20 miles in any direction would be of interest. If you have other finds further out, that you'd consider "worth the drive" please share those, too! I'm more familiar with what's on the northern end of the range, so recs to the east, west and south would be of particular interest.

I'd be interested in good ethnic cuisine, but Mom's pretty averse to spicy or unusual food,so "traditional" or "general American" places probably are of most utility. Even so, as long as it's good, please post, and I'll do my best to sort out which ones might be "Mom-friendly" and which ones I ought to check out on my own.

Thanks!, and thanks as well from Mama Warthog, who I'll likely be taking to some of the places you suggest.

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  1. camusman RE: Warthog Dec 4, 2012 07:09 PM

    I think Mom would find Scrementi's in Steger to her liking.

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    1. re: camusman
      camusman RE: camusman Dec 5, 2012 09:06 AM

      For your solo trips, consider Flavor in Flossmoor for some good Cajun cookin'.
      If you like delis, Bergstein's in Chicago Heights is quite good, though a little pricey.

    2. jmcarthur8 RE: Warthog Dec 4, 2012 08:29 PM

      Strongbow or Thiebaults in Valpo. They have been there for years, but the food is worth the drive.

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        nsxtasy RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 5, 2012 08:35 AM

        Just FYI, Valparaiso is quite a bit further east of the area being asked about. (It's about 35 miles east of most of the towns mentioned, and 20 miles east of Crown Point.)

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          Warthog RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 5, 2012 12:43 PM

          I'm familiar with Strongbow, but I don't think I know Thiebault's. I'll look them up for more info. Thanks!

          1. re: Warthog
            nsxtasy RE: Warthog Dec 5, 2012 01:02 PM

            If Valpo isn't too far, you should also consider Bistro 157. www.bistro157.net

          2. re: jmcarthur8
            jmcarthur8 RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 5, 2012 01:44 PM

            Oops! I spelled it wrong...Teibels..and it's in Schererville. I should have looked it up before I posted.

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