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Steve Sanders Jan 23, 2007 10:21 AM

I'm attending a tasting tonight at the Binny's at 3000 N. Clark. I don't know that part of the north side, and I'll be taking the L rather than driving, so I'm looking for a nice, quiet place, preferably American or Italian, for a decent dinner afterwards very close to Clark/Wellington/Halsted. Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. nsxtasy Jan 23, 2007 10:57 AM

    Jack's on Halsted
    3201 N. Halsted St.
    773-244-9191
    www.jackjonesrestaurants.com/jacks.htm

    X/O
    3441 N. Halsted St.
    773-348-9696
    www.xochicago.com

    You can then take the el from Belmont rather than walking back to Wellington.

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      coopercj Jan 23, 2007 10:58 AM

      you could try Erwin
      (2925 N. Halsted St. ) Not too far from there-- American contemporary type (comfort food) food-- small place, quiet. Probably easy to get a table this late on a tuesday night. I would definatley check it out.
      Charlie

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        krkappel Jan 23, 2007 11:32 AM

        There is also a Francessca's right by there.

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          jesteinf Jan 23, 2007 12:15 PM

          I've never been nuts about Erwin. X/O is a nice choice. Headed in the other direction, Sapori is a nice little Italian spot. It's certainly not the most authentic, but I've always had very good meals there.

          Sapori
          2701 N. Halsted
          (773) 832-9999

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            Steve Sanders Jan 23, 2007 08:04 PM

            Thanks for the recommendation of Sapori, which I tried. The shellfish in the risotto pescatore tasted pristinely fresh. Service was very friendly, and the owner, Anthony, is a sweetheart.

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            deesher Jan 23, 2007 01:39 PM

            Raj Darbar at 2660 N. Halsted has some of the better Indian food to be found off of Devon. Fattoush at 2652 N. Halsted has solid middle eastern food in a very casual environment. The toum is intensely garlicky. It's not well known, but it's quite good.

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              nsxtasy Jan 23, 2007 01:44 PM

              Which would you consider those, "preferably American" or "preferably Italian"? ;)

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                Helper Monkey Jan 23, 2007 04:09 PM

                Wow, I'm not sure how I've missed those both since they're right around the corner from me. I'll have to give them a shot.

                Any suggestions other than the toum?

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                  Helper Monkey Jan 24, 2007 06:45 PM

                  Just tried Fattoush tonight and really enjoyed it. That toum is indeed darn tasty. Thanks for the heads up, it's nice knowing there's good Lebanese food in the area and I'm sure I'll be going back frequently.

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                  Chicago Mike Jan 23, 2007 08:59 PM

                  For "italian comfort food" Pizza Capri, right near the Belmont el at Sheffield & Belmont is very good.... Start with excellente calamari done 3 ways (grilled, stewed, or fried)...

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                    deesher Jan 26, 2007 07:53 AM

                    I would consider these place neither Italian nor American. I did note the word preferably in the request and I feel that either of these two options would be preferable to any of the Italian or American places in the immediate area.

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                      patrickw Mar 21, 2007 12:33 PM

                      Kind of a late response but I recommend La Tavernetta on Broadway just south of the CVS south of Belmont. Downstairs restaurant. Great home cooking, large portions, and delightfully unpretentious.

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