We live at the south end of Arlington Heights, near where Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg all come together.
All of the above suggestions are good, though I think Buddy needs his eyes checked if all he sees are minor tattoos at the Schaumburg Kuma's Corner. It's overall toned-down from the city locations, but if tattoos, heavy metal, and maybe an R-rated horror movie on the TVs are too much for you or your dining companions, you've been warned. If you or a family member is into beer, pay attention to their Facebook page
because they frequently have beers you won't find many other places, often they make an event of the untapping. We went there a few months after they opened and Mr. Maki asked the server how business was doing because the suburban population (especially Schaumburg, which I once saw fairly accurately described as "it's like a hotel lobby during an insurance convention manifested itself as an entire town
")...they said business was great, and their location makes more money *just in beer* than all the other locations (this was when there were only two others) make in everything combined.
Schaumburg and Arlington Heights, especially, have a big Asian (specifically Japanese) population, so there's lots of options.Gabutto Burger
in Rolling Meadows used to be located inside the food court in Mitsuwa Marketplace that Buddy mentioned, but then they struck out on their own. They have Japanese-style burgers, burgers made with shrimp, with crab, with tofu, you can get rice patty buns- lots of customization.
Mitsuwa's food court is great, and it's a big store. Their bakery, Pastry House Hippo
, has lots of great stuff, but get there by early afternoon, or it starts selling out. I would recommend against the sushi Mitsuwa sells there. I think it's made by the general kitchen of the store, not one of the independent places in the food court. They make it with way too much rice. I don't know why, because they're pretty generous with the amount of fish inside. The ramen place in Mitsuwa is very well-regarded. The other ramen place we like is called Misoya
, and it's actually in Mt. Prospect, but it's a straight shot east on Algonquin Rd to Busse Rd. They only have a few U.S. locations and they chose Mt. Prospect for some reason. Weird, but lucky us!
There's a Japanese market down the street that has better sushi- Tensuke Market.
Not as huge as Mitsuwa, but better sushi, and they have other quick Japanese foods, too. If you're looking for a more traditional, sit-down Japanese restaurant, we like Nikko
in Arlington Heights. If you're ok with good-but-not-great/innovative sushi and just want a fun place to get it, we just started going to Sushi Station
in Rolling Meadows. It's one of the few "conveyor belt" sushi places left around here.
We haven't found any really outstanding Thai places near us. Bangkok Belly
in Des Plaines is about as good as it gets close-by, but our favorite places are Pride
on the northwest side of Chicago or Ruby of Siam
in Skokie, neither of which are very close to Schaumburg.
For Chinese, we just tried Chef Ping
in Rolling Meadows a few months ago and were really impressed. They have some regional items I've never seen anywhere else. We got a mango chicken; not only was the chicken good, but the mangoes were probably some of the best we've ever had, and it was the middle of February. I am 99% sure they weren't out of a can or frozen.
Other than Asian, there's a Mexican place in the outlot of Woodfield Mall called Chuy's- we've been there once and it was surprisingly good for chain Mexican.
Everything else is pretty run-of-the-mill. The one place I wouldn't go back to is Bulldog's
. Mr. Maki has been there twice, once with me, once with his parents and the service sucked both times.
post edited by abe_froeman - 2018/05/11 18:04:53