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Good eats near Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E Grand

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ctkathy Feb 27, 2007 10:35 AM

Arriving Friday so probably want to find something fairly nearby the hotel. Open to anything--Chinese, Mexican, seafood but don't want anything really expensive.

Also something nice for Saturday night would be great. Perhaps Italian or Greek. What's the best Greek restaurant? Great Italian in a comfy environment but not not necessarily ultra fine dining.

I lived in Chicago for years, but it has been so long that the only places I recognize are Unos and Dues!

Thanks for an ideas.

Kathy

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    Francophile Feb 27, 2007 10:53 AM

    There's a fairly good Chinese restaurant, reasonably priced, called Szechwan Restaurant, 625 N Michigan Ave (enter on Ontario St), 312.642.3900. There are better Chinese restaurants elsewhere in the city but they're too far to walk. Good sushi and tempura at Oysy, 50 E Grand Ave, 312.670.6750. Can't help with Greek. Best mid-range Italian (main courses $18-$24) is Cafe Spiaggia, 980 N Michigan Ave, 312.280.2755. Mexican: you can walk to the famous Frontera Grill, but the wait can be lengthy.

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      profjmm Feb 27, 2007 12:23 PM

      Osteria Via Stato, in the 600 block of State Street.

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        Navarre Feb 27, 2007 04:35 PM

        Consider Dao Thai for good, cheap Thai (<$8). It's a block north (on Ohio) and like 4 blocks east (b/w Fairbanks and St. Clair, iirc).

        Also consider Volare for the Italian. At Grand/St. Clair, like 4 blocks east.

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          gymp Feb 27, 2007 08:05 PM

          I strongly second the Osteria recommendation. It's right across the street from the hotel and has excellent Italian food. The three course dinner of antipasti, two pastas, and choice of main course is great deal for under $40. Can be quite noisy when its full, so it's better to go at an off time. A good way to go to Frontera is the Saturday brunch. You can usually get in without a wait if you arrive between 10:30 (when they open) and 11. There are excellent egg dishes that aren't available any other times plus a fair range of dishes from the standard menu--and the always first-rate desserts.

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            Francophile Mar 1, 2007 01:39 PM

            I don't like Osteria - I think Quartino, which is across the street, has much better food.

          2. nsxtasy Feb 28, 2007 08:50 AM

            Two other places in the area that aren't overly expensive are Bistro 110 for French bistro food, and Cafe Spiaggia (the kid sister of the expensive Spiaggia) for Italian, also mentioned above by Francophile. You can see their menus, including prices, on their websites at www.levyrestaurants.com

            For Greek food, go to Greek Town, a short cab ride away. There are lots of opinions about the best place in Greek Town and you can read many of them at www.chowhound.com/topics/119233

            Another choice is pizza. Chicago has lots more choices than just Uno and Due now. You can get delicious double-crust, stuffed pizza from Giordano's (also Edwardo's and Bacino's), and if you like pan pizza, check out Lou Malnati's or Gino's East. The closest locations to your hotel are 730 N Rush St for stuffed pizza at Giordano's, 162 E Superior St for pan pizza at Gino's. For more comments on Chicago pizza:
            www.chowhound.com/topics/327474
            www.chowhound.com/topics/319254

            For breakfast or lunch, I recommend the cafe at Fox and Obel, just east of your hotel. Fox and Obel is Chicago's premier gourmet grocery store - worth visiting in its own right, just for that. In the rear, they have a cafe where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with omelets, salads, and sandwiches made to order. Not much on atmosphere - basic coffeehouse - but the food is good and not all that pricey compared with restaurants in the area. You can view their cafe menu, including prices, by going to their website www.fox-obel.com and clicking on CAFE, then clicking on Cafe Menu.

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              SuzMiCo Mar 1, 2007 09:44 AM

              Coco Pazzo (300 W. Hubbard) - another really good Italian restaurant that is about a mile away (a nice walk in the summer, probably a short cab ride in the weather we've been having). The pastas are wonderful and the risotto is fantastic. They also have some very unusual and very tasty desserts.

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                nsxtasy Mar 1, 2007 12:18 PM

                Coco Pazzo has a second location that's several blocks closer to the Hilton Garden than the original one mentioned in the previous post:

                Coco Pazzo Cafe
                636 N Saint Clair St
                (312) 664-2777
                www.cocopazzocafe.com

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                  SuzMiCo Mar 1, 2007 12:43 PM

                  Original Coco Pazzo is 7 blocks away from the hotel, Cafe if 5 blocks.

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                    jbw Mar 1, 2007 12:48 PM

                    Altho note that the Cafe is the more casual cousin to the upscale Coco Pazzo, a similar relationship to that of Spiaggia cafe with its progenitor.

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