6 days in Old Town at Second City... feed me and get me drunk!
i'm going to be chi town next week for a week-long immersion at second city. i'm staying at the hotel lincoln and will be on foot. so keeping me within a reasonable walk is preferred.
so where should i go to eat? i'll be by myself and don't want to spend a lot, especially since this will be several nights of eating out. i like food adventures, cheap eats, ethnic cuisine (indian/thai/bao/latin), and prefer fresh/interesting/quality over views/atmosphere.
i also want to drink on the cheap. my drink of choice is a margarita and i don't do beer at all, but i can be convinced to drink wine or other mixed drinks. i'll be by myself and would love to find cheap entertainment (live music/comedy) to go with that drink.
better yet, got an all-in-one place that will liquor me up, feed me well, and make me laugh? that would be a winner in my book!
Perennial Virant located in Hotel Lincoln has an excellent bar program and outstanding food, but I don't think anyone has ever described it as cheap. If you're in the mood for Pizza, Bricks is just a few steps up Lincoln from the hotel,and if you want a crappy view this is the place! Decent pizza though and a full bar. Further up Lincoln at the intersection of Lincoln, Cleveland and Dickens is Four Farthings. Pretty good sandwiches and pastas. For breakfast near the hotel there's Nookies at 1746 N. Wells. Margaritas can be had at Adobo grill located in the same building as Second City. If you think a little less than a mile is a reasonable walk you can also go to Taco Joint near the corner of Armitage and Halsted (1969 N. Halsted to be exact), I love their margaritas and the tacos are around $3 to $3.50 each. Across the street from from Taco Joint is Pasta Palazzo, they serve great Viking food. No, scratch that, they serve pasta. Their bar is limited to beer and wine (and sangria!). Across Wells from the Second City Theater are two decent pubs, Wells on Wells and Corcorans. Both have pretty good sandwiches and full bars. On North heading west from the theater you'll find Dinotto's (Italian), Thai Aroma (guess), Shiso (Japanese) and Old Town Social (American with lots of cured meats). Going south on Wells from the theater you'll find Kanela (breakfast), Tratteria Roma (Italian, good pizzas), Further south is Bistrot Margot, they have a 3 course prix fixe available Monday - Thursday for $20 that includes a soup or salad, entree and dessert from a limited menu. The portions are a little smaller than the regular menu. On Wednesdays (all day) there is also a $27 prix fixe deal where you pick any app, entree and dessert from their regular menu. And if you're in the mood for middle eastern there is Old Jerusalem just a little south of Bistrot Margot. There are a lot of other places in the area but these are the ones I tend to go back to again and again.