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Mar 11, 2009 05:30 PM

ORD area eats?

I'll be in the O'hare airport area for a week(work). I'm from NYC, Italian-American, so no need for for reccomendations for pizza or pasta. Looking for Chicago food I can't get back home. Fried chicken, southern styled BBQ, steak houses, German or Mexican close to ORD or the Blue line. Hot dogs? I already know Portelli's(good, different from our dirty dogs) is there something else better close by? Any other ideas for somebody stuck in Rosemont for a week? Skip Italian,Greek, Asian(Chinese,Korean,Japanese,Thai) and Indian. No offense but I can get that here from the 7 line(subway). PLZ, No haute cuisine, atmosphere not required, blue collared crowd, no wives, a hole-in-the-wall with damn good food or at least better than I'll get in a hotel is what I'm looking for. Thanks E7

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  1. See this discussion a couple days ago, where many of the recommendations you're looking for were provided to someone else staying in Rosemont near O'Hare:

    1. I like your post! Here's exactly what you're looking for;

      Mirabell Restaurant and Lounge (10 min from ORD on the blue line)
      3454 W. Addison
      For very good German Food, beer, and atmosphere!! Fun staff with great local crowd too!

      Las Tablas Columbian Steakhouse
      (10 min from ORD on the blue line
      )4920 W Irving Park Road (10 blocks west of the blue line Irving Park Stop. plenty of buses or cabs available. The wonderfully seasoned steak or chicken churrasco is a standout!).

      Smoque BBQ
      3800 N Pulaski
      (Irving Park stop from the blue line. walk east 1/2 block to Pulaski south, then walk 2 blocks to Smoque

      Las Asadas
      2072 N. Western Avenue
      For some of the very best chargrilled steak tacos and burritos! What a great hole in the wall! This place is addictive!
      (blue line to Western/Armitage stop. walk two blocks north to the tiny shack in the middle of the parking lot, on your left


      Rosa de Lima (no signeage)
      2013 N Western Ave
      (between Armitage Ave & Mclean Ave)
      Chicago, IL 60647
      (773) 342-4557
      (formerly Pollo Salvaje. Serves the very best mesquite Peruvian/Latin rottiserie chicken, really unbelievable stuff, the best I've ever tasted! The atmosphere is like an old school Mexican or Central American beachtown restaurant, quite cool actually...and sparkly clean too!). Located 15-20 minutes on the blue line to the Western/Armitage Stop. Walk 1 block just north of Armitage, on your right. FYI: Take one more stop towards the city to the Damen/North stop in trendy Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood if you get bored, it's sort of like a mini Soho, but from 15-20 years ago. Walk 1 block west on North Avenue to Sultan's Market for decent Middle Eastern cheap eats in a granola-ey atmosphere.

      I'll report back with a few more. Enjoy and please report back.

      6 Replies
      1. re: amoncada

        Rosa de Lima! Rosa de Lima!

        they just remodeled, but it's still not fancy...and that's good.

        1. re: rubinow

          As far as I can see, the last major remodel that took place was from 3 restaurants ago, Cancun Restaurant. I haven't noticed anything different. I really dig the decor though and the space is soo clean!

          I would guess that they've had at least 4-6 restaurants in that cavernous space during the last 5 years.

          1. re: amoncada

            I never went to the Cancun Restaurant, so I don't know what that was like. But Rosa de Lima *did* just remodel.

            Actually, when the place first opened, it was called Pollo Salvaje. I started going there when it was still called Pollo Salvaje and it had a hand-painted mural of a beach. Then, after only a short time (maybe a few months), it changed its name to Rosa De Lima (it has the same menu and waitresses). Recently, it covered the mural in favor of huge photographs of Lima. So, when I say it recently remodeled, I just mean that they did away with that mural.

        2. re: amoncada

          Thanks! Too bad my trip was cancelled last minute(THE ECONOMY). But I will keep this list in my travel bag. I've been stuck in ORD many times(THE WEATHER) and it will be useful. I'd rather chew my own arm off than eat airport food again! I hear all the raves for Peruvian rotisserie chicken( I didn't expect that), we have "Pio Pio's" in NYC(Queens and Manhattan locations, BTW Queens is cheaper). The Queens location is in Jackson Heights, Northern Blvd and 85st. They have 2 store fronts, one is sit down the other is to go. Less than 10 minutes from LaGuardia Airport if you ever find yourself stuck there. I don't know if they deliver, I'm too impatient. I'll be behind the wheel half way there B4 I can call. If you have room walk half a block east(twd's 86st) for Mama's Empenadas (Columbian patties) if you have room. It's a hole in the wall, but they're good. BASTA! Again, I appreciate your responses, milli grazie! Now I'll have to schedule a detour or long layover on my next trip 'cause you people are making me hungry!

          1. re: Eric7

            Don't forget the recommendations in that other topic, too!


          2. Take the blue line to Jefferson Park stop and walk over to the Gale Street Inn
            Some of the best ribs I've ever had.

            4 Replies
            1. re: mstfime

              Common people, admit it, you know very well that Gale Streets ribs are seriously tasty, no charcoal fired smoker there, but who cares!

              The meat quality is great of course the bbq sauce is fantastic! Why not throw in a lobster tail with that tasty slab!

                  1. re: amoncada

                    Oh, I didn't want to get into it too much. Ribs have been debated so much on other threads.