Chicago Hot Dogs or Greek Places in the West Suburbs?
I am looking for a good place to get a Chicago Style Hot Dog in the Schuamburg area (willing to travel but would prefer to stay out of the city). Any favorites?
Or...any good greek places?
I usually end up eating at Retro Bistro or the BBQ Hut (Korean) and like them both...but am looking for some new casual places to hit so if you have a recommendation that is not hots dogs or greek...let me know.
Did somebody mention Greek food in the Western Suburbs? Well, yeah I could either go down to Greek Town in the city or out to Oakbrook and pay the premium, but here's advice from a cheapskate on the streets of Schaumburg or thereabouts. It doesn't have to be "Greek" to "be greek"... I mean when I first started frequenting Spring Garden Cafe in Hanover Park, I always went for the large portions. Then lo and behold, somebody ordered saganaki. A waiter brought it out, lit it, and even said "Oopa!" I said what? Then I asked my waitress to bring me an order of saganaki with my eggs and bacon. Now I have to tell you, that my friends is a match made in heaven... all told, 5 stars and an additional gold star of effort.
Spring Garden Cafe
1900 Army Trail Rd, Hanover Park, IL 60133
There's only one (in) / two (near) Greek restaurants I know of in/near Schaumburg.
Chiggy's on Irving Park in Streamwood. ($)
Greek Taverna on Golf and Plum Grove in Schaumburg ($$)
Yannis on Algonquin Road and Arlington Heights Road ($$$)
I will go out of my way to Chiggy's for Gyros. The Greek Taverna and Yannis I go to for mezzas, seafood, and Retsina.
10 E Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
1921 Irving Park Rd, Hanover Park, IL 60133
I live in the Western Suburbs, but go to Schaumburg regularly. The Greek Village Taverna, where I've been twice, was bad on both visits. Yianni's has been good and I would return, but not as good as Greek Islands. If you can spare the time, go to Lombard! There is a Zippy's on Roselle Road, just south of Golf that's pretty good, but I think you are better off at Portillo's for a true Chicago dog. While in Schaumburg, you might want to visit the Johnny's Beef in Arlington Heights, just a few minutes away and the Italian beef is one of the best.
Sorry about the West Suburbs thing...I am not from Chicago area...I come in from time to time for training classes. I looked at a map...saw Schaumburg was west of the city, and assumed it was the West Suburb area.
Thanks for all the recs....I have been to Mitsuwa and liked it. I saw the greek place located nearby and am glad someone brought it up.
When did Schaumburg become a west suburb?
DuPage County and points west, along with suburban Cook County south of the Kennedy and north of the Stevenson, are the west suburbs. The northwest suburbs are north of DuPage County and west of the Tri-State. The southwest suburbs are south of DuPage County and west of the Tri-State/I-57. The south suburbs are south of the Stevenson and east of the Tri-State/I-57. The north suburbs are north of the Kennedy and east of the Tri-State.
Or at least that's the way I've seen it defined in the past 25 years or so...
I thought the definition was pretty clear, which may be why no one replied to it in almost three years!
The Northwest Tollway is NOT the Kennedy. That's why the definition of west suburbs includes BOTH DuPage County, and the Cook County suburbs south of the Kennedy. If it extended to the Northwest Tollway, then there would be no need to include DuPage County in the definition.
Also note the next sentence for the NW suburbs, which specifically states north of DuPage County and west of the Tri-State, and re-affirming the meaning of the previous sentence.
No big deal really...I'm just clarifying things that I thought were clear.
"am looking for some new casual places to hit so if you have a recommendation that is not hots dogs or greek...let me know."
For the past four years, I've taken week long classes two or three times a year in the Woodfield area, and here are my conclusions for casual lunch recs:
That Portillos around lunchtime is a frickin zoo. Go early or late. Otherwise, be prepared to deal with an absolute zoo - police directing traffic in / out the pkng lot zoo.
Zippy's does an ok dog. Their claim to fame is their beef sammich. I'm not a fan of the bread they use for their beefs. It's a little doughier than I prefer. Oh, and It's not cheap either. Dogs and waffle fries are ok. I've heard their gyros being touted, although I've never partaken.
90 N. Barrington Rd
I work with someone who lives in Schaumburg, and they really like this place for their grease fixes:
1580 E Algonquin Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
I DO think Chevy's is ok for some reason. It's one of those "I can't tell you why - I don't even know myself" type things. Standard sombrero mexican, but fresh ingredients:
Chevy's Fresh Mex
1180 N Plaza Dr
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 413-9100
There is also a very low key Chinese Buffet that I like going to when I'm there. I can't for the life of me remember the name, or even if I ever knew the name. It's in the back end of a strip mall facing Higgins rd, and I believe it's the north east corner of higgins and Roselle. If you drive West from the mall on higgins, you will see it if you look in the strip malls on the N side of the road. I'm pretty sure there is a BK VERY close by. Food is ok, a few things on the small buffet are good. It's quiet, however, and not overrun by the corporate crowds during lunch.
You can get some pretty good food at that Pompeii during peak hours when they are pumping out fresh food. I've been EXTREMELY surprised at how good that place can be when it's fresh. During off-times, however, the place just flat out sucks IMO.
1261 E Higgins Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Next time I am there, I WILL be trying this place for lunch:
Gaylord India Restaurant
555 Mall Dr
Schaumburg, IL 60173-5103
Also, IMO there's nothing really wrong with a toasty sammich, and one DAMN good oatmeal choc chip cookie from:
1402 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL
If you have time, I'd definitely try to head west to Mitsuwa Marketplace. on Arlington Heights Road - even if to get something "to go."
One more thing I forgot in my "conclusions."
I will NEVER go to these places again:
Smokey Bones BBQ. Went once. Just plain out horrible. Absolutely horrible. Of course, ymmv, but I doubt I would go back if someone else was paying.
I tried a sampler, and my d/c tried a different sampler so we could pretty much taste everything. Meats all seemed like they were prepared off premises. Very "packaged" tasting. I would hope it was an off day when I went, but I can't say enough just how bad it was. Letdown city. I love some good q.
Qdoba Mexican Grill. It's one of those "Chipotle" style yuppie taco/burrito chains. Worst burrito I've ever eaten (and I have eaten a burrito at Chipotle.)
It was about 9 bux for a burrito, and a drink. The burrito was the size of a taco bell bean burrito, and the carne asada was chewy stewed mystery beef. One of the worst feelings of being ripped off I have ever encountered. I can only assume how much the line prep workers laugh at the clientelle after they close up shop.
I think Smokey Bones closed all their Chicago area places. I hated the sports bar feel of it with all of those dang TVs. Only went once to the one in Auroa (Fox Valley Mall area) and I did like the fact you could get an order of pulled pork without a bun.
As far as Qdoba, only went once to one in DeKalb which doesn't have much open on a Sunday in the summer. It is the only time I have ever gone somewhere, taken a bite and thrown my whole meal in the garbage. Both of us did, it was just awful. The place had been open about an hour but ice tea had not been made yet and yesterday's garbage was sitting bagged by the door.
gordeaux: I totally agree with you on Pompeii! Yes, turnover is key at Pompeii as they keep bringing out the freshmade food during peak hours...otherwise, the pizza gets cardboard-ey, the salad is wilt-ey...which is pretty much the case at any restaurant during non-peak off hours with the same type of setup.
I grew up going to the dumpy-ish original location on Taylor...ah, the good ole days! The huge Taylor street location does a brisk business, 7 days a week. For this reason, I find that the food tends to be better than at other locations.
Yeah, Portillo's can be a total zoo at times, but I still love it! I usually stay away from chain restaurants, well, except for a few places: Portillo's, Pompeii, Roti, etc.
Portillo's is always a good bet for Chicago hot dogs. There's one on Golf Road in Schaumburg, another one down the street on Golf in Rolling Meadows, still another on Dundee in Arlington Heights, and other locations throughout the Chicago area. www.portillos.com
For Greek, I've been to Yanni's, right next to Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights and it's very good. It's on the northeast corner of Algonquin and Arlington Heights Roads, less than five minutes from Woodfield Mall and right at the AH Road exit from the Northwest Tollway. www.yannis-restaurant.com Metromix lists two other Greek places on Golf in Schaumburg itself, Greek Village Taverna ( www.greekvillagetaverna.net ) and Old Bridge Restaurant ( www.oldbridgerestaurant.com ), but I haven't been to either of those, so I can't vouch for how good they are.
(FWIW, I usually think of Schaumburg as the northwest suburbs...)
I am brand new to Chow hound and blogging. Last night, I logged on and saw this question and wanted to respond about the Greek food. I was going to suggest Greek Islands in Lombard, and also Costa's in Oakbrook Terrace.
There is nothing quite like a Chicago Hot Dog from Byron's! They need to open one in the burbs.
Certainly agree that Greek Islands in Lombard is good Greek food in the western 'burbs (can't speak to Costas). As to the OP's inquiry however and Amoncada's response, I doubt that you can get to Lombard from Schaumburg in anywhere near 20 minutes. Depending upon where in Schaumburg the OP is originating and the time of day when he plans to eat, the trip could take 45 minutes.
There's a new Byron's in Forest Park. Not as far west or north as Schaumburg, but not far from Lombard at all.
If you like a salad dog, none can compare to Tasty Dog in Oak Park. I am biased as I grew up down the street from it. I'm not a big hot dog fan, but they pile these high with veggies, and I really like them. Chicago Dog traditionalists would surely balk at these:
Dog, relish, mustard, chopped onion, pickle slices, tomato, cucumber, sport peppers, lettuce, celery salt.
"If you like a salad dog, none can compare to Tasty Dog in Oak Park. I am biased as I grew up down the street from it. I'm not a big hot dog fan, but they pile these high with veggies, and I really like them. Chicago Dog traditionalists would surely balk at these:
Dog, relish, mustard, chopped onion, pickle slices, tomato, cucumber, sport peppers, lettuce, celery salt."
I thought that was the description of a Chicago Hot Dog!!
re: rich in stl
Common description of the "Chicago Dog" is:
dog, steamed poppyseed bun, mustard, relish, onion, sport peppers, pickle spear, sometimes tomato slices, and a dash of celery salt.
Pickle spear, and the tomato slices are the options that commonly cause the most debate, no?
And by the way, I love mustard and kraut too (spent a few years in New York ;-) )