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Oct 1, 2009 10:24 AM

Truly good food at a 24 hour restaurant (or at least open until 3:00am)

I've searched your boards and whereas I've found discussion about places open all night, I'm not seeing any strong recommendations for places with truly good food.

I'm flying in to Midway on a Wednesday with a best case scenario landing time of 12:30am.

My friend will be picking me up so we'll have a car. Is there a gem out there you can recommend? A steakhouse, a fantastic breakfast joint, a greek place, a deli or whatever as long as it has great food and possibly "atmosphere" as well. Doesn't every big city have a few late night essentials?

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  1. Search for "San Soo Gab San" I don't think they have a website.

    Steakhouse? I can't think of any. Breakfast joints? Yes. All Over the place. Greek diners? Again, all over the place. Lots of Mexican food too. For best of at 3am, I'd be at San Soo Gab San poste haste. Korean BBQ, and Sushi. It's a good hike N of midway, but at that hour, it's a 30 min ride.

    1. Unfortunately that's what's sorely lacking in Chicago. There are late night essentials, but expect greasy spoons and burrito as big as your head. I would recomment San Soo Gab San, except don't expect any kind of service at all. A few places that are ok:

      White Palace Grill - almost an institution. Greasy, greasy, soak up all that alcohol. If you are coming in from a flight tho, not sure if it is too much.

      Bijan's Bistro - good comfort food. They open till 4am.

      White Palace Grill
      1159 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607

      663 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

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      1. re: ms. chow

        White Palace Grill = greasy with atmosphere (especially if you like E. Hopper)

      2. I know that you're going to be hungry after your plane ride.
        Happy Chef Dim Sum House on Archer Avenue in China Town is open until 2AM. The meal is a perfect cure for the weary traveler.
        I recommend a hot soup, spicy and salty shrimp, beef with broccoli and some tofu dish. Or, just read the menu and order a live fish or crab and enjoy a meal.
        The greasy joint recommended to you might not be your cup of coffee. There are frequent fist fights inside and outside the restaurant that require the presence of Chicago's finest.

        Happy Chef
        2164 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616