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Diane in Bexley Oct 1, 2013 01:15 PM

We will be visiting on the North Shore (Deerfield/Highland Park/Northbrook) around Thanksgiving time. Looking for nice restaurants to connect with former friends and neighbors. Haven't been back to this area in about 7 years. Used to eat at Walker Bros Pancake House, Country Kitchen, Stash's, Max's, Max & Benny's, nicer places for dinner. Looking for places to suggest for lunch and dinner. Thanks!

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    backatcha Oct 1, 2013 04:55 PM

    Bluegrass is nice: http://bluegrasshp.com/

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      GourmetWednesday Oct 1, 2013 09:47 PM

      Suburban foodie friends rave about Inovasi in Lake Bluff; I have not been. www.inovasi.us

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      Polski Oct 2, 2013 07:56 AM

      Guildhall in Glencoe is quite good.
      In Highland Park, I'm partial to the Mexican food at La Casa de Isaac. (The family is from the Jewish quarter of Mexico City, so they are closed on Friday nights.)

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        chetatkinsdiet Oct 2, 2013 10:32 AM

        Abigail's is pretty much the best place in that area, imho. Bluegrass is ok, though the menu feels all over the place. Abigail's is only open for dinner and doesn't take reservations, but haven't seen it be that busy since the Ravinia season ended.

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          ferret Oct 2, 2013 11:05 AM

          Blugrass, while sweeping a bit broadly in its menu offerings, is a pretty comfortable place to hang out with family. It's not fine dining but they execute competently and the last time we were there, with about a dozen family members of varied ages/tastes, everyone seemed to be happy.

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            chetatkinsdiet Oct 2, 2013 12:59 PM

            I just find their food to be pretty bland and expensive for what it is. It's certainly ok, but nothing particularly special.

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            Fizzy12 Oct 9, 2013 08:33 PM

            Abigails is great for lunch. Here is a link to their lunch menu.
            http://www.abigails493.com/Lunch.html

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            travelingfoodie22 Oct 15, 2013 12:21 PM

            I would also check out Near in Barrington for dinner. If you're willing to travel further, Evanston has some good options.

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              Diane in Bexley Oct 16, 2013 08:09 AM

              Thanks but Barrington is about 45 min from HP and Deerfield, if we are going to travel that far, we might as well go into the city.

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                jbontario Oct 16, 2013 11:05 AM

                Had a nice dinner at Bobby's in Deerfield last week. The service was great and the food was very nice. The menu meanders a bit, but it was perfect for early dinner with parents and kids. What I would call casual fine dining. The mussels and loaded fries were very tasty, the fish special was quite nice and overall everyone was happy. The chef is a bit heavy handed with his olive oil but nothing over the top greasy.

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              courtnyleigh Oct 23, 2013 07:20 AM

              I would second the recommendation on Guildhall, particularly if you are working with a larger group that needs accommodation and if you are trying to appeal to straightforward palates. However if you are looking for a closer approximation of flavor and quality that you would get in Chicago and are willing to drive to Evanston, I would suggest Found Kitchen.

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                SueFH Nov 4, 2013 06:26 PM

                Wasn't a fan of Guildhall, just overpriced and underwhelming vs the chatter about it.

                I have enjoyed Avli every time I've been there, though it has been awhile. http://www.avli.us/home

                We also enjoyed Bobby's in Deerfield. I liked Inovasi too but my non-foodie husband didnt care for it.

                know people like Happ Inn in Northfield, broad menu, though I have had ups and downs there. I'd say just go to Barnaby's for their crispy crust pizza!

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