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Mar 5, 2008 03:19 PM

L.A. Hound Needs One Simple Chicago Dinner

My wife and I will be in Chicago for four days next week. We already have reservations at Tampolobampo, Moto and Spiaggia. With all this high-end food, we're looking for something simpler for the fourth night. We love all kinds of ethnic food and would be happy with pizza, hot dogs, bbq or anythink else Chicago hounds feel we should not miss. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Those are three good choices you already have made.

    Also keep in mind that you can work some of our other specialties into your schedule by enjoying them for lunch, in addition to your dinners.

    I think the one "can't miss" specialty in Chicago is our Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. There are a lot of places serving great pizza here, and the chains (with the exception of non-downtown locations of Uno's) do quite a good job of maintaining consistent quality across many locations. Take your pick - double-crust "stuffed" pizza from Giordano's, Edwardo's, or Bacino's, or single-crust "pan" pizza from Lou Malnati's, Pizano's, Gino's East, or the original location of Uno's - you can't go wrong with any of these. The number of servings they estimate on their menus are realistic; yes, two slices can really fill you up. You can phone your order ahead of time if you want to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake; you can find their menus and locations on their websites.

    Here are some links to discussions about this and other kinds of food you might consider:







    Hot dogs:

    Quintessential Chicago:

    Brunch and Breakfast:

    Enjoy your visit!