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Old 12-22-2013, 10:12 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a nice mid-tier restaurant to take some visitors to in Oak Park, Forest Park, or River Forest? Preferably American but it can be any cuisine. Just looking for a nice place to take some visitors from the midwest on a Friday night where we would be able to talk at an audible level. I really like modern, fresh cuisine.

Has anyone tried:
Cafe Luca
Lake Street Gill
Piggy Back Tavern

?
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Can anyone recommend a nice mid-tier restaurant to take some visitors to in Oak Park, Forest Park, or River Forest? Preferably American but it can be any cuisine. Just looking for a nice place to take some visitors from the midwest on a Friday night where we would be able to talk at an audible level. I really like modern, fresh cuisine.

Has anyone tried:
Cafe Luca
Lake Street Gill
Piggy Back Tavern

?
How about yelp?

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...0c42947f376ef4
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Lake Street Kitchen and Bar might fit the bill, as far as American "modern, fresh cuisine" goes. Winberie's is also good in that respect. Marion Street Cheese Market would also work depending on budget.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Marion Street Cheese Market is much better then Lake Street Kitchen. Probably the only place in Oak Park I would describe as "modern... fresh" is Marion Street Cheese Market.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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I am not a fan of Lake St.Kitchen.

The Marion St. Cheese Market Bistro is a little over-the-top with thier platitudes about "farm to table" nonsense but the food is mighty tasty -- Menus | Marion Street Cheese Market
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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The Marion St. Cheese Market Bistro is a little over-the-top with thier platitudes about "farm to table" nonsense...[/url]
So you prefer farm to transport company to middle man to cold storage to transport company to table?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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LK -- I see the wink but the fact is that I have a pretty close family member working for a branch of the federal bueracratic infrastructure charged with keeping our food supply safe and they tell me there are so many holes in the entire "organic" side of things that it's probably a bigger threat to health than the mega-corp food processors... As long as the stuff is safe and tasty it might as well circle the globe in a 747!
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:59 AM
 
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Marion Street Cheese Market is much better then Lake Street Kitchen. Probably the only place in Oak Park I would describe as "modern... fresh" is Marion Street Cheese Market.
I agree that MSCM is better. I offered up LSKB as a cheeper alternative, not knowing the price point of the OP, and they do have some pretty good dishes... I'd characterize it as more a "modern" twist on some traditional ideas.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:01 AM
 
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LK -- I see the wink but the fact is that I have a pretty close family member working for a branch of the federal bueracratic infrastructure charged with keeping our food supply safe and they tell me there are so many holes in the entire "organic" side of things that it's probably a bigger threat to health than the mega-corp food processors... As long as the stuff is safe and tasty it might as well circle the globe in a 747!
Well, many believe that you can eliminate the "holes" in the "organic side of things" by knowing exactly where your food comes from. The more serious locavore chefs usually go straight to the farmers and develop relationships with them. It's not the same as buying something labeled "organic" at Mariano's.

Cue Portlandia sketch about the organic chicken farm…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8SjkDq2ZwI
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Oak Park
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Cucina Paradiso is comfortable with decent food. A new Greek place in Papaspiro's old spot opens today. Looks nice.
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