University of Chicago
Unfortunately, my family and I are spending our days at the U of C hospitals, visiting my father. As food is a comfort, yet a burden to prepare these days... I would be grateful if anyone could suggests any tasty places within walking distance of the hospital complex for a convenient lunch. Anything from sandwiches, a hot dog, ethnic etc... Cheap and fast is good. I'm getting tired of au bon pain.
Sorry to hear about your father and I can certainly understand how you'd grow tired of Au Bon Pain.
For something incredibly close, the salad bar in the main hospital cafeteria (Mitchell) is pretty good as is a lot of their other food.
Your best bet for something very close to the hospital is walking out of the "Surgery Brain" lobby and into the campus quadrangle. Your second building on the right will be the Divinity School and they have a terrific selection of ethnic food from a variety of neighboring restaurants. It's in the basement of the building.
For something a bit further away, most of the suggestions below are spot on, especially Seoul Corea which does a great bi bim bop.
once classes restart, you'll be able to go to the university's coffee shops, particularly the one in Cobb. it's right across the street from the hospital complex, and it serves both cold sandwiches and salads and hot entrees from a lot of hyde park restaurants. it's in the basement of Cobb, or ask any student (or hospital employee, I would imagine).
So sorry to hear about your troubles. After living in the HP for four years, I know a few places that are hard to miss, all these places should be within 2 miles of the hospital.
Caffe Florian - Pizzas and traditional italian, the pies are good and they will deliver
1450 E 57th St, Chicago, IL
Rajun Cajun - mix of Indian and Cajun food, in a buffet style. Really good naan.
1459 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL
Lung Wah Chop Suey - Generic chinese take out, but I got addicted to their shrimp fried rice (this from a girl who's grown up on her mother's fried rice).
1368 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL
Istria Cafe - Yummy gelato to take the edge off.
1520 E 57th St, Chicago, IL
Seoul Corea Restaurant Inc - More authentic asian than the previous mention.
1603 E 55th St, Chicago, IL
Nile Restaurant - Middle eastern and killer falafel
1611 E 55th St, Chicago, IL
Hope your father gets better soon!
My usual comfort lunch is a large, cheap plate of something from Noodles, Etc., followed by a Mexicana milkshake from the Med bakery next door. They're a straight shoot from the hospitals down 57th street (about a 15 minute walk?). For quick and cheap in the University area, it's definitely yummy enough.
Good luck to your father!