Suburbs have a reputation for being white bread bland, but as I looked over a list I’d made of local ethnic restaurants in Oak Park, I was actually encouraged by the diversity I’d discovered.

Maybe that should come as no surprise to a community that prides itself on diversity.

I’ve posted about all the following places before, and these are all restaurants I like, so I thought it might be helpful to consolidate a listing of some worthy local ethnic restaurants to help  those in the mood for adventure dining to check out Venezuelan, Vietnamese, or some other cuisine not yet experienced.

THAI, Yum Thai

JEWISH DELI-STYLE, Onion Roll

BRAZILIAN, Taste of Brazil

PAN-ASIAN, Hutong Fresh Asian Café

ITALIAN, Jimmy’s Place

MEDITERRANEAN, Autre Monde

VIETNAMESE, Saigon Pho

VENEZUELAN: Aripo’s

JAPANESE, Sen Sushi

CHINESE, Luo’s Peking House

MIDDLE EASTERN, Jerusalem Café

MEXICAN, Maya del Sol

SPANISH, La Espanola

GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR, Restaurant y Pupuseria Guanachapin

GREEK, Papaspiros

BOHEMIAN, Klas

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David Hammond

David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David...

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