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Cheap and good places around Park West venue?

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ShikaSfrn Jan 30, 2008 06:09 PM

Hi all,

Going to a concert at the Park West (322 W Armitage) and will be with a car. We're looking for a dinner rec for two recent college graduates (aka not expensive...) within walking distance, preferrably with parking since I have a feeling that parking on a Friday night will be pretty terrible (is that a correct assumption?).

From searching the board, I know there is an Italian place (Riccardo's?), but I'm not big on pasta and it's pretty expensive. Any other ideas?

Thanks so much!

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  1. nsxtasy RE: ShikaSfrn Jan 30, 2008 06:35 PM

    It sounds like you may have looked at these topics:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/381799
    www.chowhound.com/topics/484829

    Geja's, a fondue place mentioned in one of those topics, isn't very expensive. www.gejascafe.com Neither is Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder, also mentioned there (although I'm not particularly fond of their "pot pie" style pizza).

    Another inexpensive possibility is the Original Pancake House, a few doors down in the high-rise at Armitage and Clark. Yes, it's a pancake house; they have great omelets and crepes. They also serve a big puffed-up cinnamony apple pancake that's yummy. I'm not sure how late they're open though. www.originalpancakehouse.com

    You know, even Riccardo's isn't all *that* expensive, with daily pasta specials in the low to mid teens and lots of fish and meat entrees around $19. You might want to check out the menu on their website before you rule it out entirely. www.riccardotrattoria.com

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      ShikaSfrn RE: nsxtasy Jan 31, 2008 08:40 AM

      Thanks for the suggestions, as always, your posts are my usual go-to. I'm confused though, I've been to Geja's and since I don't just want to eat cheese, I recall the menu being at a range of 30-50 dollars per person. I'm a recent graduate here ; ) And since I'm originally from Highland Park, I've been to the Pancake House many times, and maybe the quality of the HP location is much worse, but I've really always been put off by it when I used to go.

      But anyway, does Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder have good salads and such? I'm not such a fan of pizza in general, myself. Burgers, pasta, pizza... though I just graduated and you would think I survived by these staples, I have never enjoyed them. Maybe that might inform the suggestions...

      My friend had seen Kabuki, and Sushi O Sushi that seemed to have parking lots. Any opinions on these?

      Also just as a general statement, I think we would spend the money on a 5 dollar cab ride if the restaurant had a place we could park our car for the night...

      Thanks so much in advance!

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        jesteinf RE: ShikaSfrn Jan 31, 2008 08:44 AM

        Oh, do not go to Kabuki. It's pretty gross. If you want sushi, lately I've been going to Ponzu which is just north of Fullerton on Clark. Very solid neighborhood sushi place (and pretty reasonably priced). I'm not familiar with Sushi O Sushi. Parking will be an issue though.

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          nsxtasy RE: ShikaSfrn Jan 31, 2008 10:01 AM

          >> But anyway, does Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder have good salads and such? I'm not such a fan of pizza in general, myself. Burgers, pasta, pizza... though I just graduated and you would think I survived by these staples, I have never enjoyed them. Maybe that might inform the suggestions... <<

          I haven't tried the salads there or at any of these other places. But I trust SuzMiCo's recommendations, and I see the following salad options shown on website menus for places in that area:

          Nookies (suggested by SuzMiCo below) - http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura... - Has a wide variety of "big salads" on their menu, check it out

          Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders - www.chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/me... - Their menu shows several different "salad dinners"

          Zia Cafe (New Mexican) - www.ziacafe.com - Menu includes a couple of entree salads

          Riccardo Trattoria - www.riccardotrattoria.com/menu.htm - Salads appear to be primarily side salads

          Geja's - www.gejascafe.com/menu.htm - (website is currently down)

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        SuzMiCo RE: ShikaSfrn Jan 31, 2008 09:14 AM

        Nookies (1746 N. Wells) is exactly what you are looking for. It's got good, inexpensive diner food and it is about 4 blocks from the Park West. They have a wide range of food options, including good burgers and sandwiches, breakfast all day, and other entrees.

        There is relatively cheap parking in the city lot on Stockton or the Treasure Island lot on Wells just North of North Ave. The Treasure Island lot is a block from Nookies and about 5 blocks from the Park West.

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          ShikaSfrn RE: SuzMiCo Jan 31, 2008 11:05 AM

          Thanks all! As always, I know I can count on the board...

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            jlklp RE: ShikaSfrn Feb 1, 2008 07:15 AM

            Another place nearby is RJ Grunts. Inexpensive burgers, sandwiches, salad bar.

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          donnacrocker RE: ShikaSfrn Feb 1, 2008 06:26 PM

          There is Bricks on Lincoln Avenue for a great pizza. Stanley's is an option with decent food. There's a tiny restaurant around the corner from Gamekeepers that is decent. RJ Grunts in on Lincoln Park West, a chicago oldie but goodie. We live at Clark and Armitage, so you can definitely walk to all these places. Nan's is great asian food, but on Lincoln-just south of fullerton, John Barleycorns is also good but neither are walkable. Have fun....

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