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Late night places to grab a bite?

Thoughts on Wiener Circle? I'm hesitant to go after a night out due to horrendous crowds. I've never been there, but will be out on a Saturday night, so wondering how it will be around 2-3am. It sounds like quite a scene though which may be interesting.

Are there any other places to grab a quick bite after a night out downtown (Vision) on the way back to the north suburbs? Looking more for the usual hot dog or italian beef joint.

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  1. Actually, now looking at La Pasadita as a possibility as well, if we're craving tacos instead of hot dogs. thoughts are welcome.

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    1. re: phr208

      I'd be at La P as a first choice every time. EVERY time. There are othe taquerias all over the city that will be open, but if you are interested in char grilled skirt steak instead of pan fried garbage steak, then La P is an obvious choice. There is a place called Garcias that is a mini chain, I think, that also char grills their skirt steak, but I have never been. Most other taquerias will be crowded because they cater to the drunks who will eat anything. La P is GOOD. Even when you're sober.

      1. Wiener Circle is definitely...interesting, but it can be a fun experience.

        Bijans is kind of nice if you want somewhere that is more of a sit-down restaurant.

        1. Wieners Circle better in summer, there's not an inside really, but it's really fun.
          Pasadita, yumm and yumm.
          Sit down, White Palace Grill on Roosevelt and Jefferson (?) or Bijan on State & Huron.

          1. i guess it's between Weiner's Circle and La Pasadita, so we'll see what we're in the mood for

            1. Garcia's for Mexican with a full sit down or carryout menu; in the Square in Lincoln Square at Lawrence & Western...great late night eats!

              Five Faces on Division at Rush for all sorts of great stuff!

              1. I've only been there for breakfast (decent enough diner-wise), but I hear the Hollywood Grill's quite a scene in the early morning hours as the denizens from the near-North clubs begin to disperse back to the suburbs. It's 24/7 anyway and right off the Kennedy at:

                1601 W. North Ave.
                Chicago, IL 60622 773-395-1818

                1. Ok, the three best late night places that I've been to are: Taco Burrito Express on Halsted, best burritos around. Bijan's Bistro is the best late night sit down place in Chicago. You can get actually decent food in a classy environment. Smoke Shack, is an amazing bbq place open til like 5 am on halsted and wrightwood about. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about when it comes to late night dining, I've been everywhere and that's why I'm trying to lose like 25 pounds now... haha.

                  1. Before you go to the weiner circle, consider this:

                    http://youtube.com/watch?v=vo1LPf9mnyU