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Good eats near Wabash and Madison/east loop

dochoch Oct 28, 2011 01:36 PM

We are here until Sunday night. What's good pizza? Sports pub? Steak (without breaking the bank)? Thai or Vietnamese? Breakfast? Lunch? Italian? Thanks.

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    bulkfull Oct 29, 2011 12:05 AM

    Not to far from were you are in bridgeport (by sox park) You should try Ricobenie's for pizza. Owned by the family and next door in a brand new sports bar. 26th and Wentworth.

    1. w
      wak Oct 28, 2011 11:43 PM

      I kind of struggle with that area. Lots of chains for the tourists and lunch joints for the suits. But I've never gone wrong at The Gage on Michigan. Its a little pricey. In fact the price of the burger was set such that the average tourist would take one look and walk away, but its worth the price. For app, they have a delicious Scotch egg. You'll need a reservation on a weekend night or get their early enough to grab a seat in the bar.

      If you really want good food though, it would pay to travel north of the river.

      A lot of good steak houses north of the Chicago River, but at typical steak house prices. I think the best not-break-the-bank place is probably Wildfire on Erie.

      If you want Chicago-style pie I'd do Giordanos on Rush. Its the original one and much better than the franchises, but packed with suburbanites.

      All the good Thai are a trek from the loop if you don't have a car.

      For Italian (real Italian, not Ital-American I'd try Spiaggia Cafe ($$$), Coco Pazzo ($$$), Coco Pazzo Cafe ($$) or Quarantino ($).

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      1. re: wak
        delk Oct 29, 2011 05:38 AM

        The original Giordano's was at 6253 S. California. :-)

        1. re: delk
          wak Oct 29, 2011 07:52 AM

          Thanks! Didn't know that. I need to beef up on my Giordanos history. Wiki here I come.

        2. re: wak
          nsxtasy Oct 29, 2011 07:59 AM

          Giordano's also has locations in the Loop. The one in the Prudential building on East Lake Street is probably the closest to Wabash and Madison.

          However, if you've never had Chicago deep-dish, I'd start with one of the others (Pizano's, Lou Malnati's, Uno/Due) rather than Giordano's. The others all serve the classic Chicago deep-dish "pizza in the pan", which is a single-crust pizza, one thick crust with everything on top. Giordano's (as well as Bacino's, Edwardo's, and Carmen's) serves double-crust "stuffed pizza", with the cheese and added ingredients ("toppings") between two rather thin crusts, and the sauce on top.

          I like Giordano's as much as I do the others, but the "pizza in the pan" style at the others is what is most commonly known as "Chicago-style deep-dish pizza". That's why I'd start with the others first. Again, Pizano's is right around the corner.

          Incidentally, both Pizano's and Lou Malnati's were both founded by sons of Rudy Malnati Sr. He and his sons all worked together at the original Uno and Due in its early decades.

        3. nsxtasy Oct 28, 2011 03:50 PM

          The following previous discussions, which asked about places near the Silversmith Hotel at that intersection, are a good place to start:

          Deep dish pizza near Silversmith Hotel? - www.chow.com/topics/797007
          cheap eats near Silversmith Hotel, 10 S. Wabash - www.chow.com/topics/801692
          Breakfast in Chicago - www.chow.com/topics/761302
          Three Days in Chicago - www.chow.com/topics/797431#6704760
          Valentines Day in Chicago - www.chow.com/topics/761235

          >> What's good pizza?

          Deep dish at Pizano's, right around the corner.

          >> Sports pub?

          Not strictly sports pubs, but pubs nearby include Miller's Pub (a steakhouse pub), the Exchequer (a pizza/cheap eats pub), and the Gage (a gastropub).

          >> Steak (without breaking the bank)?

          Petterino's is the closest and not overly expensive. David Burke's and Chicago Cut are our best; both are a 10-15 minute walk - if you want to keep it less expensive, go at lunchtime.

          >> Thai or Vietnamese?

          Nothing close by. You can catch the CTA Red Line subway at State and Monroe and take it north to Sheridan for TAC Quick for Thai food, or continue north to Argyle for the Vietnamese places which line Argyle at the el stop (Tank Noodle is the best known).

          >> Breakfast?

          See link above.

          >> Lunch?

          In addition to the links above, see also:

          Lunching in the Loop - www.chow.com/topics/527275

          >> Italian?

          Vivere, in the Italian Village complex of restaurants.

          Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
          61 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60603

          TAC Quick
          3930 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

          Pho Xe Tang (Tank Noodle
          )4953 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

          David Burke's Primehouse
          616 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

          The Gage
          24 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

          150 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60601

          71 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

          Miller's Pub
          134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

          Exchequer Restaurant & Pub
          226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604

          Chicago Cut Steakhouse
          300 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654

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          1. re: nsxtasy
            nsxtasy Oct 29, 2011 06:28 AM

            A bit more about our best Italian restaurants. The Italian Village is a group of three restaurants, and has been around for many years. The other two (the Village and La Cantina) are just your typical red-sauce Italian. Vivere is turning out more creative, contemporary Italian cuisine, and it is very good indeed. It's only a couple of blocks from Wabash and Madison. Also excellent is the Florentine, which is another couple of blocks west of there. Both are within a five-minute walk. There are other excellent moderately-priced Italian restaurants in downtown Chicago, the best of which IMHO is Piccolo Sogno, but they are a mile away.

            Piccolo Sogno
            464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

            71 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

            The Florentine
            151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

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