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Saturday Dinner in Chitown on a serious budget!

seanb Mar 12, 2008 09:16 AM

My partner and I are arriving into Chicago Saturday for the Housewares show, we are looking for a local real yummy meal on a strict budget!....we are staying in the Loop area, we don't have a problem traveling. Clients are taking us to Japonaise, Avec and OneSixtyBlue for the rest of the trip. How is OneSixtyBlue for a choice?

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    renov8r Mar 12, 2008 09:29 AM

    by "serious budget" do you mean cheap?

    OSB is no Blue Light Special... Easy to spend $50 a person there, WAY WAY WAY more with their wine list.

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    1. re: renov8r
      nsxtasy Mar 12, 2008 10:12 AM

      Yup. one sixtyblue is a wonderful contemporary American restaurant, my favorite casual fine dining restaurant in the entire city. But if you're on a strict budget, well... you can see the dinner menu with prices on their website at www.onesixtyblue.com Entrees are mostly in the low to mid thirties, and with appetizer, dessert, moderate alcohol, and tax/tip, I typically end up spending around $95 per person.

      For inexpensive food in the Loop, I recommend Giordano's for their deep-dish "stuffed" pizza. They have several locations in the Loop, as well as many more around town (41 in Illinois). www.giordanos.com Check the menu on their website and phone ahead to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

      For inexpensive food away from the Loop, there are two options very close by. Greek Town is just west of the Loop, within walking distance. For a discussion of Greek restaurants in Greek Town, including addresses and website links, see www.chowhound.com/topics/119233 Chinatown is about three miles away, an easy ride by cab or CTA (Red Line). I recommend Lao Sze Chuan, in the Chinatown Mall. Not fancy, but great Chinese food. www.laoszechuan.com

      For other inexpensive options, most a bit further away, you can get Thai food at TAC Quick, Vietnamese food on Argyle Street, Indian food on Devon Avenue, and Mexican food on 18th Street in Pilsen; all except Devon Ave. are a one-train el ride from the Loop.

      (Funny - with the other current discussions about Chinese food in Chinatown on this forum, I keep misreading the title of this topic as dinner in Chinatown!)

      1. re: renov8r
        seanb Mar 12, 2008 11:22 AM

        Yeah...I ain't paying for those meals, the vendors are....so I will splurg..:-) and drink like a king!

        ..now when I have to open my wallet...I am watching my coins!

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