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new to wicker park

dock Sep 13, 2006 09:35 PM

my son just moved to wicker park last week and he is new to chicago. i am sure he will discover many new places but maybe you can give him a heads up on moderate(cheap) places to eat. ethnic is preferred. mexican, thai, indian, pizza, anything good! thanks

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    SuzMiCo RE: dock Sep 13, 2006 09:51 PM

    Piece (North Ave.) - excellent New Haven/New York style thin crust pizza in a fun atmosphere.

    El Barco (Ashland South of Division) - very good Mexican (especially seafood) at moderate prices. They are known for their deep fried whole snapper, which arrives standing up on the plate - it's too much food for me, but I've tried other people's and it's awesome.

    Innjoy (Division) - restaurant/bar with good salads, burgers (including a great veggie burger), and drinks. It's not cheap, but they often have good specials.

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      Jaclyn RE: dock Sep 14, 2006 04:40 PM

      Also, Innjoy has one of the best grilled cheese that I've ever had!

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        tammylc RE: dock Sep 29, 2006 06:34 PM

        Any recommendations for a comfy cafe in Wicker Park, or other place where I could hang out with a book? I'm going out for dinner with some folks at Hot Chocolate, but will have a couple hours to kill between when the Field Museum kicks me out and dinner, and I think my feet will be too tired for more window shopping.

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          NDJ RE: dock Sep 29, 2006 06:54 PM

          Caffe De Luca on Damen is almost next door to Hot Chocolate. It's a great caffe and they will not mind if you sit down and read a book for a while. Great coffee too if you need a pick-me-up.

          BTW, enjoy Hot Chocolate. I would definitely recommend trying one of their artisan beers. I'm not usually a beer person, but they are really delicious.

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            aelph RE: dock Sep 29, 2006 07:19 PM

            Luc Thang(Vietnamese & Thai with a heavy Chinese bent...stay away from the entree list): Ashland just South of North Ave.

            Carneceria Leon(some of the top al pastor and carne asada tacos in the city): direct corner of Ashland and Blackhawk..do not confuse w/ Supermercado Guanajuato just a half block North...that's a great supermarket and decent taqueria, but it's no CL

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