First time visit, what's great (and quiet)?
Visiting the Chicago area for the first time this weekend. Staying in Evanston, but with a car. Recommendations for really great food? Price isn't a critical issue, but restaurants where you don't have to scream would be great. Also, I adore doughnuts and can't get them locally. Thank you!
Chicago is such a massive city and has a vast amount of amazing restaurants, so it is a bit difficult to answer your question without more information about your preferences. I will throw out some ideas of venues that are not loud, have great food and likely have availability:
Fine Dining: Moto (modern/molecular gastronomy), Sixteen (Fine dining).
Upscale: The Lobby at the Peninsula, Acadia, Senza, Boka
Modern Asian Fusion: Embeya, Yusho, Kabocha
Italian: Piccolo Sogno Due
Chinese: Sun Wah BBQ
Ethiopian: Ras Dashen
Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnatis, Pizanos, Pizzeria Uno & Due
Brunch: Jam, Bongo Room, M Henry,
Doughnuts: Glazed & Infused, Endgrain, Do-Rite
Gelato: Black Dog
Pies: Hoosier Mama
Cocktail Lounge: Berkshire Room
FYI: All of these are in the city of Chicago; others hopefully can provide some nice venues in Evanston.
In downtown Evanston: Dixie Kitchen. I do prefer Gonzo70's recs though
For donuts in Evanston: Bennison's Bakery(try their breads and other pastries if you don't like their donut selection). If you are headed downtown Chicago, besides the ones listed previously, you can also try Firecakes.