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josephml1 Jul 27, 2010 09:15 PM

Hello everyone...

I am looking for an advice about where to eat in Chicago, I will be there for one week I will be staying in the loop I will have a car...and I don´t mind to drive.

My personal preferences:
One good Chinese...
A good but moderate price steak house.
A good traditional homemade Italian Restaurant.
If you also have any favorite place for breakfast, lunch or a most go in Chicago please mention it.
Mhhh also a good place to buy some desert

I am a big fan of the public markets with food...If you have any good choices please let me know.

As always I am open t suggestions by locals all the counseling and advice is welcome and truly appreciated.

Thank you all.

  1. nsxtasy Jul 28, 2010 06:03 AM

    >> One good Chinese...

    Go to Chinatown (three miles south of the Loop). Double Li and Lao Sze Chuan are my top picks if you like Szechuan food.

    >> A good but moderate price steak house.

    Go to David Burke's Primehouse at lunchtime. It's our best steakhouse but not inexpensive; going at lunchtime reduces the price. If it has to be dinnertime and you don't want Burke's prices, consider Petterino's or Wildfire (but they won't be all *that* much cheaper).

    >> A good traditional homemade Italian Restaurant.

    In the Loop, go to Vivere, in the Italian Village complex in the Loop. Other good ones include Piccolo Sogno in the West Loop, Coco Pazzo in River North, and Cafe Spiaggia at the north end of the Mag Mile.

    >> If you also have any favorite place for breakfast, lunch or a most go in Chicago please mention it.

    For breakfast, go to Bongo Room in the South Loop, for their creative pancakes.

    For lunch, see this discussion:

    Lunching in the Loop - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/527275

    For the "must" places in Chicago, see this discussion:

    first time Chicago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693477

    >> Mhhh also a good place to buy some dessert

    Walk to Fox & Obel. Also see the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542316

    >> I am a big fan of the public markets with food...If you have any good choices please let me know.

    The French Market in the west end of the Loop is great. Highlights include the croissants, entremets, and French macaroons at Vanille Patisserie; the artisan chocolates at Canady Le Chocolatier (whose main shop is in the South Loop, also not far away); the cheeses at Pastoral (which also has a shop in the Loop on Lake Street); and the rainbow cookies at Delightful Pastries.

    6 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy
      josephml1 Jul 28, 2010 02:34 PM

      Hey Nsx, Excellent post, to be honest you nail exactly what I am looking for...Definitive I will be in the French Market thanks for mention it...

      One more question do you have a special favorite deli for a good pastrami or corn beef sandwich?

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      French Market Cafe
      1973 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60643

      1. re: josephml1
        nsxtasy Jul 28, 2010 04:10 PM

        >> One more question do you have a special favorite deli for a good pastrami or corn beef sandwich?

        Yes, Steve's Deli in River North. Although a lot of folks like Manny's in the South Loop.

        1. re: nsxtasy
          josephml1 Jul 29, 2010 01:05 PM

          Thanks again, I am printing right now your advice to take it on my trip...

          Thanks for taking the time to post in this thread your help is very useful.

          :),

          1. re: josephml1
            josephml1 Aug 5, 2010 12:42 PM

            Steves place looks great!!!

            1. re: josephml1
              nsxtasy Aug 5, 2010 02:38 PM

              At Steve's, in addition to the usual deli sandwiches, I also particularly recommend their knishes, their stuffed cabbage (beef version, not turkey) and their chicken pot pie.

              1. re: nsxtasy
                josephml1 Aug 9, 2010 10:10 AM

                Mhhh stuffed cabbage love it, thanks for sharing your experience.
                :)

    2. josephml1 Jul 30, 2010 10:11 PM

      I will stay at the Hyatt regency Chicago...
      To be honest I will need the car only to do some shopping and I will only have the car in that days...in the other days I will use the public transportation...

      thanks again for the advice.

      1. josephml1 Jul 30, 2010 10:16 PM

        If you have any special advice in the area of the Hyatt, please let me know!!!

        :)

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        1. re: josephml1
          nsxtasy Jul 31, 2010 07:24 AM

          Here are notes, now that we know where you are staying.

          The nearest el stop is at State and Lake. There, you can catch the Red Line to Chinatown. Or, as you know, you can catch the water taxi at Michigan Avenue, right next to the Hyatt.

          >> A good but moderate price steak house.
          >> Go to David Burke's Primehouse at lunchtime. It's our best steakhouse but not inexpensive; going at lunchtime reduces the price. If it has to be dinnertime and you don't want Burke's prices, consider Petterino's or Wildfire (but they won't be all *that* much cheaper).

          David Burke's and Petterino's are both a 5-10 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency.

          >> A good traditional homemade Italian Restaurant.
          >> In the Loop, go to Vivere, in the Italian Village complex in the Loop. Other good ones include Piccolo Sogno in the West Loop, Coco Pazzo in River North, and Cafe Spiaggia at the north end of the Mag Mile.

          Coco Pazzo has a less expensive sister restaurant called Coco Pazzo Cafe that's a 5-10 minute walk from the Hyatt. Vivere is a 10-15 minute walk, and Coco Pazzo and Cafe Spiaggia are 15-20 minutes.

          >> If you also have any favorite place for breakfast, lunch or a most go in Chicago please mention it.

          See this topic for breakfast options; it was in response to a request for those near the Trump Hotel, which is right across the river from the Hyatt:

          River North Breakfast Ideas - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693985

          As for the markets previously mentioned, Fox & Obel is only about a five-minute walk from the Hyatt; if you go down to the lower level in the hotel, you can walk across the river at Columbus Drive. Otherwise, you can walk across the Michigan Avenue bridge, but it's slightly out of the way. The French Market is on the other side of the Loop, so walking will take 20 minutes. Steve's Deli is a 15-minute walk west of the Hyatt.

          This topic discusses inexpensive food options near the Hyatt; it's not recent but almost all of the options mentioned there are still around: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/387291

          For a sweet snack, go to Garrett's Popcorn, where you can get their caramel popcorn (with or without pecans or cashews), cheese popcorn, or a mix of the two. They have one location north of the Hyatt on Michigan Avenue, and several more in the Loop, the closest of which is at Randolph and State.

          1. re: nsxtasy
            josephml1 Jul 31, 2010 12:24 PM

            Mhhh caramel and cheese popcorn a true Chicago experience...thanks for mention the right place...
            As a huge steak fan definitive I will be in David Burke's Primehouse...

            What do you think about Morthon´s?

            1. re: josephml1
              nsxtasy Jul 31, 2010 12:37 PM

              Morton's? Morton's is a good steakhouse, with a bunch of locations here as well as nationwide. We have a lot of good steakhouses, and that's one of them. It's not inexpensive; most of our top steakhouses (Burke's, Morton's, Gibson's, Keefer's, Saloon, Joe's, Gene and Georgetti, etc) are pretty similar in price when you compare comparable cuts/sizes. If you're looking for comments about all of our many steakhouses (as well as links to their websites), check out the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/359377

              1. re: nsxtasy
                josephml1 Jul 31, 2010 07:26 PM

                As always you are very kind...and all your post are very informative...
                Thanks for sharing excellent links.

                :)

        2. josephml1 Aug 2, 2010 12:34 PM

          One more question do you have any sugestion restaurant for a good teppanyaki?
          thanks:)

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          1. re: josephml1
            josephml1 Aug 22, 2010 10:08 AM

            Sorry I mean a good Japanese steak house...

            1. re: josephml1
              nsxtasy Aug 22, 2010 10:37 AM

              chicgail mentions a couple of places in the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727558

              But I consider those in the category of "places tourists go", and not in the category of "some of the best places to eat here"...

              1. re: nsxtasy
                chicgail Aug 22, 2010 12:20 PM

                Chicgail would agree would that distinction.

                Regarding the OP's request for a moderately priced steak house, consider Mon Ami Gabi. It's a bistro-like restaurant with an outdoor eating area in the Belden Stratford on Lincoln Park West and Webster St. The menu is front-loaded with steak frites with a variety of cuts (sirloin, filet, rib eye and hanger steak) that are mostly priced in the teens. The steaks are served with a variety of preparations: au poive, bordelaise, bernaise, etc. It's not the best steak in town, but it is a decent reasonably priced steak in a pleasant setting.

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                Mon Ami Gabi
                2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

                1. re: chicgail
                  josephml1 Aug 23, 2010 09:51 PM

                  Sounds good thanks for sharing :)

                2. re: nsxtasy
                  josephml1 Aug 23, 2010 09:51 PM

                  I will be in the best places to eat, thanks again...

            2. josephml1 Feb 28, 2013 11:34 PM

              Thanks!!!

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