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Oct 9, 2009 08:41 PM

Fine dining and other good eats in Chicago


My wife and I are taking a trip to Chicago next month for 3 days. We are looking for some fine dining places for dinner that are not super expensive. We are looking for some places that aren't run by "super chefs" as in Trotters, Alinea, and Tru. We don't really want to pay 400-500$ for dinner. We will be staying at the Palmer Hilton. Also any good lunch recs, bakeries, dim-sum, and street food etc. would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. I can recommend Lou Mitchel's Cafe near the Union Station. The Restaurant has a nice breakfast atmosphere. Try the Waffle with maple syrup.
    For lunch or dinner, I recommend two Chinese Restaurants.
    1) Lao Sze Chuan (2172 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL 60616) Phone:1-312-326-5040
    I call this restaurant Old China. How to order. Never order beef, chicken, or fish twice. The idea of a Chinese meal is variety. 1 beef, 1 chicken, 1 tofu, 1 soup. Each of these dishes is usually served with vegetables.
    2) Happy Chef is in the same mall as Lao Sze Chuan.
    Try the Spicy Shrimp, or try these. Beef with Chinese Broccoli, and fried Angel Fish. All you have to do is read the menu, and you can use the variety formula to have a nice meal.
    In Chinese Dining, there's no salad or dessert.
    You can go to a nice Panera Bakery for some coffee and pastries.
    Don't feel intimidated about going to China Town. It's like traveling to a part of China without a passport.
    Have fun.

    Lao Sze Chuan Chinese Restaurant
    2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616