Visiting Son, Need moderately priced help
My wife and i will be visiting our son for a weekend. We are staying near Michigan and Ohio. He lives in Lakeview, near Southport and Belmont. Looking for 2 reasonably priced dinner and breakfast/brunch. Thinking about Mixteco Grill based on this board and other reviews. Also considering Thai Classic and The Bagel. Open to other ideas. I would prefer places convenient to his apartment. We will not have a car, so public transportation and cabs or walking.Thai and Mexican would be 2 cuisines that I know Chicago does well and we don't have a great selection of where we live, but other cuisines would be considered as well.
Mixteco Grill is excellent.
Thai Classic is decent for standard Thai orders, but PS Bangkok across the street is better. Note however that PS Bangkok no longer offers a weekend buffet - too bad because it was great.
Spoon Thai is pretty much across the street from the street from the Western Avenue Brown Line station, which is less than a 10-minute L ride from the Southport L station. They will provide you with two specials menus (one is their translated Thai language menu). I think this is the best Thai restaurant in Chicago, provided that you order items off of the special menus. If you stick to items typically found at any neighborhood Thai restaurant, it really won't excite you. TAC Quick is also excellent and reasonably close to Southport/Belmont - it's right next to the Sheridan Red Line Station. They also offer special menus (ask for the translated one here).
Glenn's Diner is a solid spot for breakfast/brunch/dinner and it's next to the Montrose Brown Line station, slightly over 5 minutes from the Southport stop. I particularly like Glenn's for dinner where they offer very nice and moderately priced seafood in a casual atmosphere.
The Bagel doesn't excite me. I used to like it more but I stopped going a few years ago, believing they became careless and cheap - stale rolls, really cloudy soup, etc. On Clark a couple of blocks north of Wrigley Field is Uncommon Ground and I think they offer an excellent breakfast/brunch. Orange has two locations nearby and they too offer good breakfast/brunch options.
4608 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
1820 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Thai Classic Restaurant
3332 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
The Bagel is not a fancy place but it has good, honest, Jewish-style food---the brisket of beef will melt in your mouth. We enoy The Bagel every time we go. I wanted also to suggest, since you mention Thai, that PS Bangkok has an excellent Thai buffet (brunch hours I think but you could call) on Sunday. It's on Clark just above Belmont. Another adventure would be to get on the Belmont bus heading west, get off at Milwaukee, and check out The Red Apple (3121 Milwaukee, a block south of Belmont) which is a Chicago classic, a Polish smorgasbord with an all-you-can-eat buffet of probably fifty or sixty dishes for around $12 on weekends.