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Nov 12, 2006 10:49 PM

Cheap eats and good beer

Hi. I'll be in Chicago next week for a conference. It's just going to be me for at least a couple meals and was wondering about high quality cheap eats (I like everything - just tie it down) and a good place with good beer.


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  1. Oh I'll be based in the River North area. Thanks again!

    1. There isn't much that's cheap in River North.

      Star of Siam (State and Illinois)- good, cheap Thai food. Can't vouch for the beer.

      Rock Bottom Brewery (State and Grand) - the food is only OK, but they brew their own beer. Also, tons of TVs for watching the sporting event of your choice.

      Oysy (Grand, east of Wabash) - good sushi, that is relatively inexpensive for sushi.

      Naniwa (Ohio and Wells) - better, even cheaper (I think) sushi than Oysy, but a little further away.

      1. Pepper Canister - 509 N. Wells. Excellent pub/bar food. High quality beer on tap (Guiness, Stella, etc) No web site, but to see menu, go to the following link and click the "View Menu" icon in the middle.

        Coco Pazzo Cafe - 636 N St. Clair. Very good causal Italian.

        Iberico - 739 N Lasalle. Spanish Tapas.

        Bin 36 - 339 N. Dearborn. Contemporary American. Area in front is casual. More formal dining in the back. As you might guess from the name, more a place to drink wine than order beer.

        1. TPAPA... you know what to do...

          Try the Clark Street Ale House on Clark just south of Chicago. You can get an incredible hamburger or hot dog at the place right across the street and bring it in.

          The Ale House has a tremendous lineup of microbrews... not the very best in Chicago, but one of the best, and certainly the best beer selection by far in the area you are staying (River North). Enjoy.

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          1. re: Chicago Mike

            I'll certainly second Clark Street Ale House. Great beer and very affordable for the area. Parking's not horrible and the overall vibe of the place is very pleasant.

          2. Green Door Tavern is a good place to drink beer and grab a burger.