It is that time of year again...the birthday for a foodie and her foodie family of 5. what makes it more difficult than usual is that it falls on the Lighting of MI Ave (this Sat)--so, we'd like to stay away from gold Coast, River North, etc. Something further west is preferable (we live in Bucktown), although we will travel for great food.
What we do not want: American/Continental, French, Steakhouse, or Middle Eastern. What we love: Mexican, French Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, Latin, Sushi. Plus, we want something that is fun but not too loud. Unfortunately, I do not love the Mexican in Pilsen, nor did I love SdM (or Carnivale for Latin). I do really like FdM, but it gets too loud, and it is too bright, with tabels close together. Want great cocktails (or BYO), fun ambience and great food.
Past birthdays include: Blackbird, Japonais, Le Colonial, Mirai, Delacosta.
I have a res at Follia, but I am Italianed-out right now and want something more fun to share lots of different things.