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Jun 5, 2007 12:36 PM

Good German, Eastern European or Russian Food in Chicago

Bringing my son to Chicago from Reno. He is a big fan of the above. I use the El a lot and occasional taxis so location is non-specific. Also any recommendations of things he might enjoy. Thanks

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  1. Despite the worldwide hype about its closing & the family retirement sham -- the Berghoff is still running:

    Plenty of borscht, Vareniky, Pelmeni, and Blinchiki here:

    Couple of other option a bit further out, and way less dressy:

    1. I have enjoyed R T Time the several times I have gone, have heard less than favorable things about the Berghoff's reincarnation.

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      1. re: ddfry3

        The German food at the Berghoff was terrible even before they pretended to go out of business. You and your son will be much happier at Laschet's Inn or Resi's Bierstube, both on Irving Park.

        For another variety of Eastern European cuisine, go to Healthy Food on Halsted in Bridgeport, for excellent Lithuanian food. They have limited hours in the evening, so try to get there for a lunch or weekend brunch.

        There are Russian grocery stores and bakeries up on Devon Ave (e.g. Three Sisters), and a wonderful Georgian bakery as well (Argo). Devon in general is worth exploring for its wild ethnic mix (Indian, Pakistani, Assyrian, Israeli, Afghan, ...)

        As far as other things to do, you might want to check the music listings and event listings on for Eastern European items. You don't say when your son will be visiting, but -- for example -- if he's coming in mid-August there's a Ukrainian Days Festival Aug 18-19.

        Have fun and report back if you can.

      2. I like Resi's Bierstube for a very casual meal in the St. Ben's area - on Irving Park. I think they got some new servers in the last 3 months.

        1. Yeah, Resi's Bier Stube is my rec. I had a decent meal at Mirabal on Addison just east of the Kennedy. Anyone been to the Bavarian Haus on Lincoln or the new place in Wrigleyville where Heaven on Seaven was?

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          1. re: amoncada

            I like Bavarian Haus but I prefer Laschets Inn (2119 West Irving Park). For me Bavarian Haus is a little too expensive for what it is. It reminds me a bit of Mader's in Milwaukee. I hate shelling out $20.00+ for roast pork or a sausage plate. Laschets Inn has comparable quality with good selection of German beer, homemade soup/bread, and outstanding spatzle. Laschets is more like a German bar that happens to have good homestyle German food.

            1. re: cheapertrick

              Agree on Laschets Inn. Excellent German food at a very reasonable price.

          2. The Magic Jug, Ukrainian on Irving & Naragansett. Also, Zhivagos for fancier in Skokie.