To all Oak Park/Forest Park restaurateurs who adapted to the vagaries of the pandemic, we happy diners say thank you and well done. We know it must have been (and continues to be) an extremely challenging time — to open, close, open again, gear up for take-out, find help, find ingredients, and never really know what the next week will bring. For my husband and me, it was great to know that the exhausted home chef could find varied alternatives to home-prepared food.

One favor to ask: Please slow down on the salt. We have noticed an increase in saltiness in restaurant food to the point where it often no longer tastes good or is healthy to eat. Let those diners who love over-salted food pass the shaker. 

Karen Heller, Oak Park 

Join the discussion on social media!