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hello everyone-

my parents are coming into town next week and i'd like some new ideas on where to take them. they come a few times a year and i feel like we have been everywhere already! we have been to:

girl and the goat
green zebra
sun wah bbq
irazu
belly shack
bellyq
takashi
cafe spiaggia
piece
coal fire pizza
bella notte
hot chocolate
lula cafe
cafe baba reeba
hot dougs
franks and dawgs
portillos

and probably others i just cant think of them at the moment. they do not like mexican or sushi and my husband doesn't like indian. my mother is a vegetarian so the restaurant should have some of those options. they like reasonable restaurants nothing fancy and neighborhood doesnt matter. thank you!

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  1. Some thoughts based on your list:
    Slurping turtle
    Club Lucky
    Bar Toma
    Spacca Napoli
    Mercat a la Planxa
    Nellecote
    Province
    LIttle Goat
    Au Cheval

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    1. re: chicgail

      Great ideas thank you. Little goat is on our list I love it there!

    2. Wander the French Market at Ogilvie Station for a lunch. A great cross-section of Chicago tastes. I don't think its open Sunday and lunch rush during the week is very busy, so go early before 11:30 or after 1:00. Wishbone (one west loop and one on the north side) is great for Cajun styled brunch or any meal really. In Little Italy I like Davanti Enoteca and it is fun to take the family to Rosebud for some old-school red sauce.

      And also agree with all of chicgail's suggestions.

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      1. re: jbontario

        Thank you so much the French market looks wonderful I can't believe I've never been!

      2. Your list is missing many of my favorite restaurants in the city, including:

        The Purple Pig
        Found
        GT Fish & Oyster
        Sable
        Perennial Virant
        Province
        Mercat a la Planxa
        Café Iberico
        Deleece
        Anteprima
        Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due
        tesori
        Vivere
        Naha
        North Pond
        Nightwood
        Boka
        Lou Malnati's
        Pizano's

        And for breakfast:

        Jam
        M. Henry and M. Henrietta
        Bongo Room
        Southport Grocery

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thank you so much!

        2. 1) Reza's. Persian experts in grilling any meat or seafood, all served with perfect rice, and there are wonderful vegetarian options. We have had good luck taking guests there, as we have also had at 2) Big Bowl---a cheery Lettuce Entertain you place specializing in excellent Asian stir-fries. 3) LB's Bistro & Patisserie, lower level of Sheraton Hotel, has a deal that you pay one price, about $22 I think, and get ad lib access to all the chef stations for breakfast---custom omelets, eggs any style, crepes and waffles to your taste, pastries, lots of good stuff. 4) If your folks like reasonable restaurants take them to the Red Apple, a Polish smorgasbord---all you can eat including (weekends) carve-your-own roast beef, ham, turkey plus sixty or seventy other selections---Milwaukee Ave just below Belmont, has a free parking lot in rear---has been a huge hit with our out-of-town guests---total price range is $10-$14 pp depending on weekend or weekday. Weekends are best---tons more food.

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          1. re: Querencia

            Thanks so much!