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Need reccs:cheap eats, quint Chicago, ethnic, tapas

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ahuang2005 Apr 22, 2007 09:32 AM

Hi there! I am visiting Chicago from Boston next weekend and need recommendations for all my meals. I am staying near the Hyatt Regency. I would like:
1) moderate (nice but not shmancy) place---I always prefer modern and contemporary to traditional and stuffy and formal--for dinner.
2) any classic Chicago places--quintessential Chicago..
3) any cheap eats
4) any organic/vegetarian places
5) any amazing ethnic eateries...I like downhome stuff
6) great bars--mellow and fun, not high end or sceney but still cute
7) tapas...small plates stuff

Thanks in advance for any tips!

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  1. nsxtasy RE: ahuang2005 Apr 22, 2007 09:59 AM

    You can find lots of answers in recent extended discussions here.

    For recommendations on "quintessential Chicago" and cheap eats, a thorough topic is:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/372986

    For moderately priced restaurants near the Hyatt Regency:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/387291
    www.chowhound.com/topics/372967

    Vegetarian recommendations:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/390173

    There are so many kinds of ethnic food, you'll need to search for any particular kind you may be looking for. One Chicago specialty is Greek food in Greek Town:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/119233

    And, of course, Chicago-style pizza:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/327474
    www.chowhound.com/topics/319254

    For recommendations for brunch and breakfast:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/364403

    And for tapas:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/370492

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      Querencia RE: ahuang2005 Apr 22, 2007 05:20 PM

      You won't find much in the downtown neighborhood of your hotel that is cheap or ethnic---those little places can't afford downtown rent. Walk two blocks west to State Street at take the Red Line subway toward Howard. 1) Get off at Argyle for a street of Vietnamese places (Argyle Street spilling over south onto Broadway). 2) Get off at Loyola, emerge from station, wait for Devon 155 bus in front of McDonald's, ask driver to call Western Avenue, and you will be in our Indian-Pakistani neighborhood that is lined with restaurants (all cheap, all ethnic, some vegetarian).

      If time doesn't allow you to leave downtown, try Big Bowl (Ohio & Rush) a block west of Michigan. Pan-Asian stir-fries, some veg, all good, entrees about $10.

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