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Good/Decent Meal at O'Hare?

wintersummer Apr 27, 2008 11:22 AM

We have a 7 p.m. departure out of the American terminal at O'Hare. I'd like to arrive at the terminal, get through security, and then settle in for a nice meal. Any thoughts about that - is there a good/decent place (past American Airlines security) at O'Hare? Thanks.

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    Amata Apr 27, 2008 01:59 PM

    The food at O'Hare is pretty dismal, unfortunately. I actually would recommend bringing something from downtown and having a "picnic" once you are through security. I see from the thread below that you will be at the Renaissance Hotel on Wacker. There's a good place to get sandwiches and/or bread, cheese, pate near your hotel: Pastoral, on Lake just east of Wabash. It'd be about 3 blocks from your hotel.

    Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
    53 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601

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      chicagoann Apr 27, 2008 03:49 PM

      I was very pleasantly surprised on my last trip on American Airlines (fortunately a couple of hours before they grounded their entire fleet) to find a BJ's Market and Bakery down toward the end of Terminal K. This isn't fancy (it's in a mini-food court with several fast-food places) but it's authentic and well-executed Chicago soul food. I had their smoked chicken, which is absolutely terrific, and I believe is always available.

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        wintersummer Apr 27, 2008 04:35 PM

        Thanks for this recommendation! Pastoral sounds like a good place to pick up something during our stay in Chicago - and maybe even on our way to the airport. And, it's good to know about BJs - we will check it out.

        1. re: wintersummer
          chicagoann Apr 28, 2008 05:40 AM

          As I walked by Pastoral last evening, I noted that if you come out the south door of your hotel (on Lake Street) you're really just a block and a quarter from Pastoral. And it really is terrific. And if you haven't yet tried Wow Bao in your hotel, I think you'll enjoy it as well.

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        gleam Apr 27, 2008 03:45 PM

        BJ's Market and Bakery, a south-side soul food institution, has a location in Terminal 3. Probably your best bet. Near gate K-15.

        1. twodales Apr 30, 2008 09:48 PM

          We had delish sandwiches at the Berghoff in Terminal 1. Good beer too. A good place to eat, for once, at the airport.

          Is the Gaslight club still in the Hilton. Is it any good? That could be an option for you too.

          1. nsxtasy May 1, 2008 07:53 AM

            Bringing carry-out food from somewhere else, along with all your luggage, may be extremely inconvenient. It also prevents you from being seated comfortably anywhere like you would in one of the airport restaurants.

            If you don't mind eating before you get through security, Andiamo, the restaurant in the O'Hare Hilton, isn't bad. The O'Hare Hilton is the hotel right in the center of the airport, surrounded by Terminals 1, 2, and 3. You can cross the roadway to the terminals or use the underground tunnels. Andiamo is a bistro serving American food. The food and service are decent, and the prices may be a little bit high, due to the location, but not unreasonably so. I've eaten there numerous times while meeting people coming through the airport, and it's always worked out well. http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIOHHH-Hilton-Chicago-O-Hare-Airport-Illinois/dining.do

            Inside security, Wolfgang Puck's Cafe is pretty good, with good food and a sit-down bistro atmosphere. It's behind the ticket counters, right after you pass through security in Terminal 3.

            You can view a map showing all food concessions in Terminal 3 at www.flychicago.com/ohare/concessionso...

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              wintersummer May 6, 2008 08:49 AM

              Original poster here! We just returned from Chicago. Here's what happened. We cleared security, and had decided to give BJ's a try, based on recommendations here on board. We had about 2 1/2 hours, so plenty of time. On way to BJ's (at end of concourse) we passed gate boarding an earlier flight back home. There were seats available. I took the seats, ran to Puck's Express Take Out and got the cold chicken chinois salad for the trip home. It was good enough. Chicagoann - we had lunch the day we left at Wow Bao - it was nice and quick. Didn't make it to Pastoral - maybe next time!

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