If you're tired of the old standbys of
pizza and burger joints, try taking your family on an ethnic
adventure by visiting some of Chicago's restaurants, which
represent just about every ethnic group. You may be surprised to
find your picky eater likes chicken tandoori or huhner
"It's a wonderful experience to take
kids out to try different ethnic restaurants," says Dorothy Coyle,
director of the Chicago Office of Tourism and parent of a
6-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 9-month-old. "It's kind of an
adventure because you don't know exactly what you'll have. It
breaks up the routine of places you might go and it's a fun way to
visit a neighborhood."
Coyle and her husband have taken their
children to many ethnic restaurants and found that no matter where
they go, they've always been able to find something their kids
She recommends ordering a variety of
food and then sharing to let kids try out new dishes and flavors.
Encourage kids to take at least one bite before deciding if they
like something or not.
Kids often are intrigued by the
different presentations of food-many will try kabobs just because
it's fun to take food off the stick. And if they don't like any of
the ethnic food, there's almost always rice or bread to fill up
Seeing the different types of
decorations in the restaurant or in the surrounding neighborhood
can be a way to expose children to different cultures without
hopping on an airplane.
"They love seeing what's in the
restaurant and they're discovering a new culture, so they're not
focusing too much on every little part of the food," says
Here are some ethnic restaurants and
some kid-friendly foods to get you started. Remember, this is just
a starting point. When visiting a Chicago neighborhood or
attraction, ask for food recommendations in the area to find other
German: Brauhaus, 4732 N.
Menu suggestion: wiener-wurst, toast Hawaii (ham, Swiss cheese and
pineapple), huhner schnitzel (breaded chicken breast).
Indian: Tiffin 2536 W. Devon
Menu suggestion: chicken tandoori, mali koffa (cheese croquets in
tomatoes and cream sauce), mix grill (great for sharing) and
Polish: Smak Tak, 5961 N.
Menu suggestion: potato pancakes, chicken fingers, meat and potato
Mexican: Neuvo Leon, 1515 W.
Menu suggestion: quesadilla, soft tacos, fajitas and
Afghani: Afghan Kabob , 4040 W.
Menu suggestions: chicken shish kabob with rice, chicken kabob
sandwich, french fries
Greek: Parthenon, 314 S.
Menu suggestion: small broiled meatballs, cheese pies, pork shish
Chinese: Moon Palace 216 W.
Menu suggestion: eggrolls, sliced chicken soup, moo shu chicken,
Mongolian beef, fried rice with chicken, pork or vegetables
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