In Chicago, we're able to visit the cuisines of delicious restaurants from around the world across our city, and it's never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's world culinary delights. Starting today through February 6, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus for the whole family. Here five picks for family-friendly, fun and adventuresome dining with your kids that will take you around the world during Chicago Restaurant Week 2014.
Bistro Zinc - Gold Coast
Step into this charming Gold Coast restaurant and you'll feel as if you've stepped into a bistro in Paris. With its elegant zinc bar, tin ceilings and tile floors, the atmosphere is undeniable French, and the cuisine is not only perfectly Parisian but also moderately priced. Parents and kids with both love the Steak Frites, featured on the special Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe menu; save room for the classic chocolate mousse.
Indian Garden - Streeterville
Savor the flavors of India at Indian Garden, an award winning Indian restaurant that highlights the culinary diversity of India. My kids love the vegetarian samosas - crispy fried pastries filled with peas and potatoes - and the mango lassis - pureed mango mixed into a smoothie with yogurt - both of which will be featured on the Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe menu. Even the pickiest kids will appreciate the garlic naan - a tasty, oven baked garlic flatbread.
El Barco - West Town
Set sail on a voyage to Mexico at El Barco, a unique Mexican restaurant that specializes in coastal Mexican food, with an emphasis on the freshest of fresh seafood. Parents will want to start out their culinary voyage with a margarita. The prix fixe special menu features mahi mahi al ajo, a grilled mahi mahi in garlic sauce.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba - Lincoln Park
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a lively Spanish restaurant that will transport you direct to the Mediterranean. Tapas, pintxos, paella and sangria are the stars here, and during Chicago Restaurant Week you can give some signature dishes a try: Kids will enjoy the tortilla espanola appetizer - a warm potato and onion omelet and the skewered chicken and chorizo sausage. The caramelized banana dessert is a welcome antidote to winter.
Demera - Uptown
Considered one of Chicago's best Ethiopian restaurant, Michelin-starred Demera welcomes families with traditional decor and friendly, casual service. Kids and parents will both appreciate the sambusas - your choice of beef, chicken, tuna, lentil, or spinach fillings in a deep-fried pastry. Dig into the vegetarian messob - a family-style presentation of savory, veggie dishes that are eaten with injera, a spongy flatbread.For dining ideas, a complete list of participating restaurants and menu offerings, visit EatItUpChicago.com.