Good eats near Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E Grand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.