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Sep 26, 2006 10:03 PM

looking for $15 and under meals

Recent resident of River North area (right off the Chicago stop on the Redline). I am looking for some cheapish meals that are walking distance or easy to get to. Looking for a meal that would be $15 and under, not including drinks or anything. I love ethnic food - mexican, indian, thai, ethiopian, south american. any suggestions would be great.

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  1. Star of Siam (Illinois and State) - very good, cheap thai. Fastest service I've ever seen.

    Old Jerusalem (Wells and Schiller) - a little more of a hike for you, but doable, or get on the Broadway bus going North and get off at Clark and Schiller. Old Jerusalem has really good Middle Eastern food. The Tabouli is my favorite in Chicago.

    Thai Baisi (900 N. Michigan mall) - not as cheap or as good as Star of Siam, but way closer to you and still worth going to.

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    1. re: SuzMiCo

      Star of Siam - disgusting and expensive relative to the rest of the "authentic" Thai restaurants in town.

      Only 2 affordable / edible places in River North are:
      East (Cocoro) - decent ramen / noodles/ izakaya style food - 668 N. Wells St.
      Ginza - for the yakuza in you - (bottom of the Tokyo Hotel)

      1. re: TonyC

        Totally agree with you as far as Star of Siam's disgusting and terrible. I had my very first Thai food here about 20 years ago. Thought it was good until I ventured north to Arglye and Broadway.

        1. re: TonyC

          Totally agree about Ginza - sushi is never inexpensive, but Ginza has a great, and very cheap, lunch of cooked cuisine (still $8.75 last I went, for a two course lunch where you choose one from column "A" and one from column "B") - they also have inexpensive, meal-sized soups (ramen, udon, etc) that I *think* are available at dinner-time.

          The Tokyo Hotel is off-puttingly sleazy, but Ginza, while somewhat shabby inside, is cozy and friendly, and has pristine fish and good cooked dishes.

      2. Try Go Roma at State and Pearson. Fast, tasty, fresh tasting italian food and pizza.