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Cheap food in hyde park

Dan Jul 14, 2005 11:45 PM

I'm looking for something houndish. A fast food or short order type would be great. Sandwiches, burgers, anything meaty that I can eat with my hands, and I don't want to spend more than $5. Thanks!!!

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    Greg Jul 15, 2005 08:28 AM

    Get a burger at the Medici, an old favorite U of C hangout. You might go just a buck or two over your $5 limit, but well worth it.

    1327 E. 57th St.

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    1. re: Greg
      Jane Jul 15, 2005 09:50 AM

      Morry's Deli
      5500 S. Cornell

      Nathan's Chicago Style
      1372 E. 53rd

      1309E. 53rd

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      Marquee Jul 15, 2005 09:13 AM

      If you want cheap, Hyde Park Gyros on 53rd is the place. Several burger,gyro,chicken options with fries and a drink under $5. They even serve the Big Baby.Not the best ever, but fresh and made to order.

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        Bill Jul 15, 2005 10:14 AM

        For really cheap food, try the employee cafeteria at Bernard Mitchell Hospital on the U of C campus (58th & Maryland). There's a short-order grill in the basement that serves up double cheeseburgers for 99 cents. There are other inexpensive offerings, as well. The place turns-out a killer chili and soup that sticks to your ribs . . . for 99 cents a portion, also.

        To get to the basement cafeteria . . . enter the hospital and follow the signs for the "D" elevators (you'll pass an excellent Au Bon Pain restaurant in the lobby) and take the elevator down to the basement. Follow the "Cafeteria" signs. It'll be a maze journey, but well worth it for a hungry person!

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        1. re: Bill
          OliThor May 31, 2007 01:25 PM

          I was intrigued by this food option less than half a mile from my desk that I was unaware of so just went there for a late lunch and had a cheeseburger. Unfortunately it seems that the prices have changed, now the cheeseburger is 2.99 and the chili was about 2 dollars I think.

          The place is called Billings Cafe. It is actually easier to reach from the Ellis entrance (the entrance by the UoC campus, next to Citibank) ... basically you go to the basement (level B) and follow the Cafeteria signs.

          The burger and banana smoothie I had were underwhelming, although it would have been a great 99 cent burger. The smoothie had an artificial flavor and was too sweet. I think I'll be back when the main grill is open, for the record the full service hours are:

          M-F: 6:30-10, 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-8pm
          SatSun: 7-10, 11am-2:30pm

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          Former Hyde Parker Jul 15, 2005 01:00 PM

          I would suggest the Nile on 55th Street, their Shwarma and felafel are a joy. I live in DC, but constantly crave it.
          1611 E 55th St

          As an alternative, the Bonjour Bakery on 55th Street in the Hyde Park shopping center serves a steak sandwich that is out of this world. Marinated steak on their freshly baked baguettes with lettuce tomato and a little mayo. If you go there, you must also have a lemon/pistacchio cookie.

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          1. re: Former Hyde Parker
            Akash Jayaprakash Jul 17, 2005 01:36 AM

            Went to the Bonjour bakery today on the suggestion of an earlier poster in this thread.

            The good news: The steak sandwich was delicious and fresh!

            The bad news: It was tiny and it was $7 with tax. :(

            I wouldn't mind eating there again (the sweets looked marvelous, but I resisted!), but those looking for cheap eats can't beat Hyde Park Gyros, where you can get a mountain of food for under $5.

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            zim Jul 17, 2005 09:57 PM

            It seems like folks are overlooking the obvious. The best cheap food in Hyde Park (IMO) and quite possibly the best purchased food period is Harold's Chicken Shack (I prefer 51st & King Drive, but Kimbark plaza is probably easier for most)

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              cb Jul 19, 2005 08:44 PM

              I have to agree with the Harold's recommendation, but I also like the 1 lb. burrito at Maravilla's. Also the burgers at Jimmy's are a good choice.

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              1. re: cb
                cerisenoire Jun 1, 2007 05:25 AM

                and bad, bad, bad. I always feel taken advantage of there. It's certainly not the "cheap eat" of hyde park. Harolds, Maravillas (tacos $1.50 each--delicious!!!!), and mmm not much else.

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                hooboy4 Jun 1, 2007 09:58 AM

                I like the Harold's idea....but I also like Valois See Your Food on 53rd...and the ambience is interesting. I might add that there was, a while back a NYT best seller called Slim's Table written about this place.

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                1. re: hooboy4
                  Agrayf Jun 1, 2007 10:07 AM

                  As a former Hyde Parker, there's only one restaurant I crave regularly and hope to revisit:
                  Ribs N' Bibs, 53rd and Dorchester.
                  Priced for a starving student. Oh man, Ribs n Bibs contributed to a freshman 15 well worth gaining.

                  1. re: hooboy4
                    OliThor Jun 1, 2007 12:31 PM

                    Any comments on the food at Valois ?

                    1. re: OliThor
                      hooboy4 Jun 1, 2007 12:47 PM

                      You should start by knowing that it's cafeteria style serving....thus, the Valois See Your Food......I've had some totally kick butt short ribs and potatoes there....it's comfort food, to say the least....does this help?

                      1. re: hooboy4
                        OliThor Jun 1, 2007 04:20 PM

                        Yes it does, any food in the neighbourhood described as kick butt must be worth at least an investigative lunch outing ! I will try the short ribs.

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