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L.A. Hound looking for Chicago Eats near Wabash and Wacker

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We will be heading to Chicago next month for a short trip, and are looking for something reasonably vegetarian-friendly and not overly nouveau (bringing someone who is not an adventurous eater) near Wabash and Wacker (a mile or two). Currently thinking Frontera Grill. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. Frontera Grill is good, but I'm not sure someone who is not adventurous would enjoy it.

    Strict vegan, or seafood eater? If the latter, both Catch 35 and Shaw's are close by, for seafood. www.catch35.com www.shawscrabhouse.com

    There's nothing more "Chicago" than a deep-dish pizza, and several places are close by: Bacino's on Wacker for double-crust "stuffed" pizza and the original Uno's and Due for single-crust "pan" pizza. Phone ahead with your order if you want to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes for your pizza to bake. www.bacinos.com www.unos.com

    1. Frontera grill is not near Wabash and Wacker, and there is much better Mexican eats on South Water near Wabash -- about 3 blocks away. If you're from LA, you're not likely to find better Mexican in Chicago unless you go to the REAL Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen.

      However, when I saw the title of your thread, I immediately thought of Heaven on Seven, the original location of which is on Wabash just south of Randolph! Fabulous Cajun food in a fun, casual atmosphere.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        I thought of Heaven on Seven, whose Wabash location is close by, but is perhaps not the best choice for a non-adventurous eater. Also, it's only open for breakfast and lunch (one dinner per month). Check out the menu on their website and see if it works for you: www.heavenonseven.com

        1. re: ChefJune

          ChefJune,

          what is the place you are thinking of on South Water Street?

        2. You might want to consider Atwood Cafe. They specialize in comfort food classics- great salads for the vegetarian, and nothing on the men too wacky for your non-adventurous guest

          http://www.atwoodcafe.com/atwmenu/ind...

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          1. re: blondie60614

            Within a mile of Wabash and Wacker:

            Sayat Nova, steady Armenian on Ohio; a quiet lunch spot
            Cafe Iberico, the opposite of quiet, LaSalle at Chicago, tapas; I like the entrees
            Fox & Obel Cafe on Illinois, one could fashion a vegetarian meal here
            Coco Pazzo Cafe on St. Clair, snazzy Italian, fair prices
            L'Appetito, Italian delis on Huron and at the base of the John Hancock

            Good luck. Have fun.