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Sep 13, 2006 09:35 PM

new to wicker park

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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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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 not confuse w/ Supermercado Guanajuato just a half block North...that's a great supermarket and decent taqueria, but it's no CL