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Staying @ 630 N. Rush Sheraton FOur POints Cheap/Moderate Eats of Any Kind

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awang429 Oct 16, 2010 04:24 PM

I'm at the Sheraton Four Points. Love Asian, love Italian, love unique eats. Not interested in any particularly high end dining. What's within Walking distance?

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    moose734 RE: awang429 Oct 17, 2010 08:26 AM

    Well heck, the Red Line is within walking distance and that goes right to Chinatown.

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      katewh RE: awang429 Oct 19, 2010 12:23 PM

      Most of the restaurants in the area you're staying in (River North) are pretty touristy or run-of-the-mill (Chili's, Rainforest Cafe, McDonald's). However, there are a couple of more local restaurants you could try...
      Quartino's (small plates Italian) is on Ontario and State. always very crowded and a very lively atmosphere
      Xoco is Rick Bayless's "fast food" Mexican. Get a torta there. Skip the specialty hot chocolate
      Also by Rick Bayless next door is Frontera Grill.
      Lou Malnati's and Giordano's also have locations close by if you're interested in Chicago style pizza. (Uno's and Gino's East are also nearby by not nearly as good in my opinon) These will be VERY TOURISTY though.

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      Frontera Grill
      445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

      Quartino
      626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

      XOCO
      449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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        beanbreath RE: awang429 Oct 19, 2010 12:59 PM

        Ginza Restaurant is at 19 E Ohio St. and is a lot better than it looks.
        I'd second the recommendation of trying Xoco.

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        Ginza Restaurant
        19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

        XOCO
        449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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          ms. mika RE: awang429 Oct 19, 2010 01:24 PM

          There are lots and lots of great restaurants close to where you're staying. As mentioned, Rick Bayless' places are good- Frontera and Xoco. La Madia, which has thin crust pizzas and Italian and a great wine selection is a great spot. For more unusual offerings- try the Purple Pig, which is right off Michigan Ave and is small plates so you can try a lot of different things. For Asian- I love Sunda.

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          XOCO
          449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

          1. nsxtasy RE: awang429 Oct 20, 2010 07:26 AM

            For Italian, Coco Pazzo Cafe is close by. And Cafe Iberico is excellent for tapas.

            Among Rick Bayless's restaurants, I prefer Frontera Grill or Topolobampo to XOCO. XOCO has conventional Mexican food, whereas the cuisine is much more creative at Frontera/Topo. If you go to Topolobampo, go at lunch (dinner won't meet your "cheap/moderate' criterion) and make a reservation in advance. If you go to Frontera Grill, arrive early to avoid long waits to be seated.

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            Frontera Grill
            445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

            Topolobampo
            445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

            Cafe Iberico
            N Lasalle St Chicago IL, N Lasalle St Chicago, IL

            Coco Pazzo Cafe
            636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

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