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Oaks, Parks, Forests, Rivers ... aargh


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Oaks, Parks, Forests, Rivers ... aargh

Nab | Sep 8, 2005 12:42 PM

Good lawd it's a time-consuming process learning about the various 'burbs, how far they are from each other and from my hotel, and most importantly, if there are any worthwhile eats there !

I'm going to be staying downtown, and I'll have a car, however, I'll be working for 2 days at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. It looks to be right in the nabe of Oak Park & Forest Park, so I've been mostly searching the board using those terms.

Preliminary conclusions made from the quick search:
- If not stranded in those 'burbs, better to drive elsewhere to a destination joint.
- Few worthwhile places, however: Johnnie's, Yum Thai, La Piazza, Jimmy's Place, Cafe le Coq, Hemmingway's, and a few more that I don't recall.
- Seemed to be references to Elmwood Park places, which also seems to be easily within striking distance.

Okay, so I gotta strategize here but I don't know where to begin.

I have 2 dinners, 2 lunches (if they're near the hospital and not a long wait), and if possible grab-n-go breakfasts near or not out-of-the-way from the hospital. Oh, and maybe a quick bite/snack on the way out to the airport.

Also going to be dining solo, so maybe not anything like New Star.

Don't want to break the bank, but if a meal (app, entree, drink) comes to $50 and you think I shouldn't miss it, I'm down.

The age-old question: "Should I even bother with the 'burbs if I'm staying downtown AND have a car?"

Open to all cuisines, and any environment - street-meat, taco trucks, hole-in-the-walls are all A-okay in my books. For the nicer places, I like eating at the bar, but not opposed to a table if need be.

Are there places in Greektown that are doable for solo diners ?

Pakistani-Indian food is a strength of your city, any places that I should B-line for ? I'm a nehari & haleem kind of guy and I know it's to be had around town.

I'll probably try Gene & Jude's as a snack.

Okay, I'll shut up now.

Thanks !

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