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rozz01 Jun 29, 2009 06:43 PM

I wil be staying for a 4 day weekend near the 1300 block of West Wison Ave. Does anyone have any ideas in good places in the area? I'm pretty much veg, but my friend will eat most anything. Thanks in advance!!

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    sushigato RE: rozz01 Jun 29, 2009 10:00 PM

    "Little Vietnam" is just up the street from where you'll be staying at Broadway and Argyle and will have plenty of options for both you and your friend. My first pick is Tank right on the corner. There's also quite a few Ethiopian restaurants in the immediate area that have a lot of veggie options. I can only speak for Demera, that I thoroughly enjoyed but have heard there's better further North on Broadway. I'm sure there's a thread to be found about it here on Chow. And if your friend is game there's a vegetarian place at 5812 N. Broadway. Have fun!

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      ms. chow RE: rozz01 Jun 30, 2009 05:57 AM

      Magnolia Cafe would be my top choice in the neighborhood. It is a very intimate neighborhood cafe with creative modern food. And it's steps from you. Marigold is very good for modern Indian food without a full scale immersion like Devon Ave. A few places on Argyle are great, like Tank or Thai Pastry. Tweet is a quirky little cafe that turns out decent comfort food. Owner Michelle Fire and the fabulous art are worth the visit. Lastly, for a trippy, loud, lunar moonscape (is that redundant?) sushi experience, Agami.

      Pho Xe Tang (Tank Noodle)
      4953 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

      Marigold Indian Restaurant
      4832 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

      Magnolia Cafe
      1224 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

      Thai Pastry Restaurant
      4925 N Broadway St Ste E, Chicago, IL 60640

      5024 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

      Agami Sushi & Lounge
      4712 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

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        rozz01 RE: ms. chow Jun 30, 2009 05:43 PM

        My friend mentioned that he wanted to take me to Tweet, so thats on the schedule. I want dim sum too, but that is gonna be a trip into Chinatown for sure...

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          rubinow RE: rozz01 Jun 30, 2009 08:28 PM

          Furama has a location in Uptown as well as Chinatown. It's a pretty down and dirty cart-based dim sum restaurant.

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            ferret RE: rozz01 Jul 2, 2009 09:51 AM

            Tweet has an enormous menu with some great non-traditional veg options (such as vegetarian biscuits and gravy).

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          Querencia RE: rozz01 Jul 2, 2009 07:32 PM

          Glenn's Diner, 1820 Montrose, is not a diner, just a tiny restaurant that specializes in wonderful fish and seafood. Its owner used to manage a fish market so he knows what he's doing and has good sources. Somebody already mentioned Thai Pastry (full lunch, not just pastry) in the Argyle Street area that spills over onto Broadway. Or, hop on the Clark 22 bus and go ten minutes up the road to Andersonville (Clark between Foster (5200 North) and Bryn Mawr (about 5600 North) to Reza's (Persian, superior for good veg selections) or any of twenty other fine places---a very active strip.

          1. rozz01 RE: rozz01 Jul 8, 2009 06:08 PM

            Thanks so much for all the help guys!!! We did hit quite a few of the places. The first mornin' we hit a Pancake House greasy spoon that actually had some pretty tasty potato pancakes. We also had pretty good meals at Tweets and Magnolia Cafe. I wish i had asked them about how spicy the sauce on the arepas at Tweets was, man I was crying! The big surprise was the dim sum at Furama... after all the negative things i had read, it was great and super reasonable. Even forced my friend to admit to loving the braised bean curd. Thanks again!!

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              rubinow RE: rozz01 Jul 8, 2009 08:51 PM

              I'm glad you liked Furama. When I said it was "down and dirty" I didn't necessarily mean it as a bad thing.

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              BRB RE: rozz01 Jul 9, 2009 06:56 AM

              TAC Quick is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city and it's about a mile away (Sheridan just south of Irving Park). Ask for their translated Thai language menu if you go.

              1. rozz01 RE: rozz01 Jul 10, 2009 06:21 PM

                I also was gonna say that we tried to a noodle shop half a block down from Furama. The line was out the door. Wish we coulda waited, cause a line like that means good things.

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                  BRB RE: rozz01 Jul 11, 2009 11:59 AM

                  Sounds like Tank Noodle (right at the corner of Broadway and Argyle), and yes, it is very good. Across the street is Sun Wah (Chinese bbq) which is my favorite Asian restaurant in the area.

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                    rozz01 RE: BRB Jul 13, 2009 05:27 PM

                    Pretty sure your right, it was Sunday mid-morning and the line was wrapped around the block at least 50 deep. We had the bad fortune of showing up at 2150 the previous night and were kindly told that it was a 2200 closing time. Looks like I missed out there,

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                      ms. chow RE: rozz01 Jul 14, 2009 06:36 AM

                      Another reason to come back.

                2. rozz01 RE: rozz01 Nov 13, 2009 05:16 PM

                  Last weekend I finally got into Tank Noodle. It was a bit crowded, but the soup I got was great. I also tried Glenn's diner and no complaints there... I'm going back in three weeks and I'm open to any other suggestions :)

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