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Jul 13, 2004 12:04 AM

Decent Food at O'Hare Airport

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This San Diego Chowhound has a two hour lay over on a Sunday afternoon at O'Hare in Terminal One. Are there any decent place to eat in that terminal? (I've looked at the official map and have seen a list of places but aside from the avoidable chains, the rest of the names are new to me) Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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  1. Well, Wolfgang Puck shouldn't be new to you either, but it's probably the best choice. I've actually had a couple of delicious sandwiches there, easily packed to go if you want to take something on the plane.


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    1. re: joel

      I third or whatever Wolfgang's. I have had pizzas and salads - all good. Also Chili's is a reliable (albeit boring) choice.

      1. re: spa_girl

        I find Wolfgang's way overpriced. But, its the best of a pretty bad lot.

        1. re: YourPalWill

          I recently had a pizza at the O'Hare location and I'd hate to suffer through another one. Personally, I'd bring a bag lunch if this were my only option.

          1. re: Cathleen

            Thanks but it's not an option.

            1. re: Bob Foster

              I've worked at O'Hare for 12 years and the best bets for sit down fare are Wolfgang Puck's in Terminal 3, Berghoff Cafe "C" Side in Terminal 1, and Chili's located in Terminal(s) 2&3.

              My favorite food court is in Terminal 3 at the apex of H&K finger(s). Good people watching and always a lively atmosphere.

              Enjoy your travels through Chicago O'Hare International Airport!

          2. re: YourPalWill

            I've had some overpriced sandwiches that have been hanging around way too long at Puck's. If you can get something freshly made, try that. So far, I still consider O'Hare a great place to be if you're on a zero-calorie diet.

            1. re: jbw

              I've had some decent deli-type sandwiches at the Berghoff and unless I'm hallucinating they were freshly made. I would go for something like that and then pick up a piece of Eli's cheesecake.

              1. re: bibi rose

                Also, in the food court there is a Billy Goat Tavern stand and the burgers are supposed to be pretty good. (I don't eat burgers very much but my friends like them.)

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        Tha Groovin' Gourmet


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        1. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

          I can't find any place with that name on the map of Terminal 1 at O'Hare.

        2. it's easiest to see which terminal you're at. going between terminals can be a drag, because you have to leave the secured area. but phil vettel of the chicago trib just did a review a few wks ago of the places at o'hare. he liked wolfgang, and the berghoff if i recall correctly. so i tried the wolfgang puck non-waitered style and it was pretty good actually. had some bbq salad.

          1. Since you have two hours, I would try to locate the nearest Gold Coast Dogs cart. They seem to be all over the place.

            Oh, and good news fellow Chicagoans. According to the O'Hare web site, O'Hare has reclaimed the title "World's Best Airport".


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            1. re: kwe730

              I realize kwe730's recommendation goes back almost 5 years, but I wanted to mention that my family and I had an awful experience at the Gold Coast Dogs in the International terminal at O'Hare this past December while heading out for a family vacation. Worst Italian beef and hot dogs we ever had (and possibly health department concerns--the beef was lukewarm at best). It's a shame, because I used to be a big fan of the downtown location!

              1. re: Scylla

                Agree 100% that Gold Coast Dogs is no good any more. I've had terrible food the last couple of times at the Terminal 3 location. The Manchu Wok next door is pretty bad as well.

            2. Has any one tried the Tuscany in O'hare? I've never been to the LIncoln Park location, but it looks as promising as air port restaurants can look! Also, what about the Fox Sports Sky Box? Ugh, how much would I kill for a Jet Blue Terminal like JFK...

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              1. re: Eaterlover

                I've had a panini at Tuscany. It' was a bit greasy, but definitely a tastier option compared with other choices in O'Hare.

                1. re: Eaterlover

                  We went to Tuscany Cafe in ORD Concourse B due to a longer-than-expected layover from a missed connection during the snow and rain last week. It was indeed as good as we've found for US airport food. The sausage, meatballs, and ravioli dishes were all very tasty. There's also a nice wine list both by the bottle and by the glass. Having some nice pasta and sipping a glass of Siena made the travel delay a lot more pleasant!