Looking for suggestions for dinners with my in-laws. We are taking them out to celebrate their birthdays this year and I'm stumped. Providing as much info as I can to help you help me...please help me...
Location: We live in Lakeview near Southport, but are more than happy to venture farther from home, although I'd prefer to stay out of River North as we'll likely have 2 cars - in-laws are coming in from the West and have good access to either 290 or can take 90
Food: Two foodies, One "I'll try anything", One "I'll try nothing" and a 7 year old - I am more worried about the "I eat nothing" as the 7 year old has been to Purple Pig, Girl and the Goat, Browntrout and a wide variety of other places and is very well behaved and can work with whatever the menu offers. The challenge is finding entrees, preferably fish that are simply prepared and do not have ingredients listed that are not recognizable (by the picky individual) - explanations from wait staff are shrugged off as "If I haven't had it, I won't like it" (yes this can be frustrating).
No Asian cuisine
No chains or restaurants with siblings in the suburbs i.e. "Mia" Restaurants
Atmosphere that feels like a restaurant not a club
Upscale enough to show respect and denote that we are treating this as a special occasion not a casual night out.
No refinancing my home - average entree prices $28-$35+ is pushing it - unless you have a real winner as I'd prefer this be a nice night than say "at least it wasn't too expensive".
Must take reservations as my 7 year old is great at a table, but not overly patient waiting for one (likely going on a weekend)
Currently being considered, some as backups - but I'd really like some other ideas:
Ceres' Table (I've never been there)
Province (I've never been there)
Deleece (backup, but honestly as it is right out our door it shows a lack of effort on our part - despite quality and match)
LM (30/70 on whether this would pass for our picky eater)
Any ideas welcome and generally thank to all members as your posts have been very helpful in the past.
4111 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611