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I need a great downtown lunch

madgreek99 Jul 23, 2008 02:40 PM

My husband and I will be in Chicago for the first time. Our hosts will be treating us to dinner (steakhouses... not my favorite) and our only free time will be lunch on Saturday. I'd like to find someplace downtown (we will be staying at The Drake) that has great food. It doesn't have to be fancy, just yummy. We like most ethnic foods. I'm really looking for a great bang for the buck kind of place. The kind of place that locals go to and is conveniently left off of the tourist maps! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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    gymp RE: madgreek99 Jul 24, 2008 07:52 PM

    Topolobampo (Rick Bayless's "fancier" restaurant is top-flight and a real bargain at lunch--and (unlike his Frontera Grill next door) you can make a reservation.

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      Judith Skolnik RE: gymp Jul 26, 2008 08:05 AM

      I sneaked a peak at your reply to "madgreek99". Unfortunately, Topolobampo is open only from Tuesday to Friday and my family will be at the Drake on Saturday and Sunday. Any other similar suggestions? Thanks.

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        jbw RE: Judith Skolnik Jul 26, 2008 10:01 AM

        Check out Quartino:


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      madgreek99 RE: madgreek99 Aug 14, 2008 04:56 PM

      Well, I was able to squeeze in Quartino... delicious, Frontera...tacos al pastor were fabulous, and Table 52... everything was perfect. Thanks for the tips.

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        pickyfoodhunter RE: madgreek99 Aug 17, 2008 12:02 AM

        I like the Rosebud's on Rush......love the fried calamari and the burgers, great value. Anyway, from the Drake Hotel...it is about 4 city blocks going towards south on N. Michigan, and a quick block to the right (going west). Also, India House on Grand is excellent.

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