My husband and I are chowhounds, and are raising fledgling chowhounds. Though they are young, they are already developing an appreciation for good and varied food and an amiable dining experience. We lived in Chicago once upon a time, so are familiar with the area, though not with any of the new restaurants, and now live in a medium-sized city with not much in the way of interesting (especially ethnic) cuisine.
Can you all suggest great restaurants to which we could take well-behaved baby chowhounds? We will not have a car, and so don't want to get too far from the downtown area (as in, not Andersonville). I'm thinking of places like Frontera Grill, or places that are more formal but have outdoor seating (always better with kids), and though we'll probably have to eat at Star of Siam or Thai Star (memories of our long-ago student days), Thai or Vietnamese suggestions would be good too. (We're going to Devon Street for Indian food.) Since they're kids, places with elevated noise levels and more tables are better, though as they sit at the table quietly for the entire meal, and entertain themselves with quiet toys when they're not chatting with us, we don't feel restricted to the horrid "kid-friendly" chains.