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Seeking chow close to Hyatt Regency on E. Wacker

Fox & Obel has a wee cafeteria at its east end which can be tasty and fairly-priced.

Sayat Nova, the Armenian hideaway on E. Ohio, is my favorite place for a lunch that tastes better than it costs.

Boston Blackie's on Grand has good cheeseburgers (and smelt) and a lively Chicsgo atmosphere.

L'Appetito Italian delis, one at the base of the John Hancock Building and one east of Michigan on... Pearson?

You might want to look at lthforum.com's current thread on CNG Gyro's.

Good luck.

Feb 07, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Sat Dinner near Shorewood/Channahon/Minooka/W. Joliet?

I haven't been to Chapin's in Morris, but I hear it's good. Maybe not jeans-casual, though. Turtle's Tap in Morris is a good Caesar salad, hamburger, jeans place.

Truth restaurant at the SW corner of Jefferson and Raynor might work for you. Pretty solid American grub, pleasing room, a little nicer than jeans.

Ever been to Merichka's on Theodore St. a block east of Raynor in Joliet? Wear anything you're willing to drip garlic butter on from the famous poorboys, catsup from the onion rings, and mayo-ey dressing from the kidney bean appetizer.

Good luck.

Jan 24, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Boston hound in Chicago

Greek Islands, a Lombard address actually but just over the western border of Oak Brook, maybe Myers Rd, and 22nd St. Better than the Greek Islands downtown.

Have fun.

Jan 18, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Lunch or Dinner near Union Station

amoncada,

A tip of the Greek fisherman's cap to you for suggesting Venus.

Mugs

Jan 10, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Lunch or Dinner near Union Station

Greektown is half a mile west of Union Station and has a wide variety of restaurants from the classy Santorini and Costa's to the popular Greek Islands and Parthenon to the hip Cafe Artopolis. Pan Hellenic Bakery is a good spot to pick up treats frot the train ride, and Greek Orthodox and voodoo items are available at Athens Candle Co. on the corner of Halsted and jackson to propitiate the rail gods.

Have fun.

Jan 10, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Business dinner near Chicago Downtown Marriott

Greektown is but a short cab ride away. One of its higher-end restaurants, Costa's or Santorini, might do the trick for these reasons: Chicago's Greek restauranteurs are adept at serving large groups; Chicago's Greek food is said to be among the best in the country and is distinctively Chicago; there will be something for everyone: fish, chicken, pork, lamb, and vegetarian dishes; the adventurous eaters can step out with a dandelion salad, octopus, and the like.

Artopolis, located midway between the two restaurants mentioned above, is a hip Greek cafe-bakery-bar to which your crew could repair afterwards.

Good luck.

Jan 05, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

dc hounds looking for recs near hyatt regency

nc213,

Glad to hear things worked out, except for your colleagues getting sick.

It's always good to get feedback.

Mugs (former MLA member)

Jan 02, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

Korean / Japanese food recs in SW burbs

A Korean coworker recommended a Korean restaurant on Rt. 59 near Fox Valley Mall named something like Miga 59.

It ain't Korean or Japanese, but there's a Filipino grocery and cafe on the east side of Rt. 59 just north of St. Mary's Church in Plainfield.

I once liked Edo Japanese Restaurant in the Hillcrest Shopping Center in Joliet, but I quit going there a few years ago a string of subpar meals.

Good luck.

Jan 02, 2008
Mugs in Chicago Area

dc hounds looking for recs near hyatt regency

North across the Chicago River and east of Michigan Avenue...

Sayat Nova on Ohio, reliable and low-key Armenian, good for vegetarians. Lebanese Taverna it ain't, but it's my favorite secret lunch spot.

Boston Blackie's on Grand, an old-school big-city bar restaurant where I like the fried smelt and my wife likes the hamburgers

Fox & Obel cafe cafeteria at the east end of this deluxe grocery on Illinois

Coco Pazzo Cafe on St. Clair has snazzy, good-value Italian food

Volare, also on St. Clair, has a couple of Sardinian dishes I'd like to try

Emilio's Sol y Nieve and 1492 are two tapas restaurants in this area (known as Streeterville). I haven't been to either, but a search on this board and LTHforum.com might steer you to the best plates at both.

Cafe Iberico is a very popular tapas bar not in Streeterville but on LaSalle just south of Chicago Ave., a short cab ride from your hotel. Lots of vegetarian choices. Don't ignore the entrees, soups, and salads.

Back in Streeterville, L'Appetito (sp.?) is a pair of italian delis, one I think on Superior, the other I know at the base of the John Hancock

And for a drink at the end of a long day, consider the original Billy Goat Tavern underneath the Realtors Building, 430 N. Michigan. This, of course, is where Mike Royko and the literally ink-stained wretches--the pressmen--of the Sun-Times and Tribune used to repair. Note the framed photos on the west wall with decedents marked by little metal "-30'" signs on the frames.

Have fun.

Dec 27, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

"Destination" restaurants - South Suburbs, NW IN

Public Landing in Lockport would have fit the bill when the Tallgrass guys owned it, but ownership and thus vibe and food quality have changed. The Gaylord Building is still extremely handsome, and the view from a window table into the snowy historic site fulfilling, but the bar has now been plopped into the middle of the dining room, the menu is showing its age, and profit rules. Guess my regret over the loss of a favorite restaurant is pretty strong, eh?

I haven't been to Cooper's Hawk in Orland Park, but it appears to be a restaurant with ambition. You might check the website and search this board and lthforum.

A supper club outside of Valpo named Hesson (sp.?) House had my interest when my daughter was in school over there, but I never got there.

Good luck.

Dec 07, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

good lunch place around Michigan Ave

Sayat Nova is a small, reliable Armenian restaurant on Ohio one block east (underneath) Michigan Avenue. Ohio is a few blocks north of the river. Sayat Nova is a good value at lunch and quiet. It is my favorite spot in that neighborhood to escape from the hurly-burly of shopping.

Of nsxtasy fine recs, I really second...

Blackie's for cheeseburgers and also for the "Mediteranean style smelt," a mound of 'em served with tomato slice and cole slaw;

the lcafeteria at Fox & Obel;

Coco Pazzo Cafe, some bucks up from all the other joints I've mentioned but still a good value for smart Italian food.

Have fun.

Nov 28, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Two chefs visiting from sf

The western suburbs of Berwyn, Western Springs, Brookfield, and LaGrange are the places to look for Bohemian restaurants serving beef in dill gravy, red cabbage, dumplings, and the like.A search of this board, LTHforum, or metromix might yield names of specific restaurants.

Good luck.

Oct 08, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

L.A. Hound looking for Chicago Eats near Wabash and Wacker

Within a mile of Wabash and Wacker:

Sayat Nova, steady Armenian on Ohio; a quiet lunch spot
Cafe Iberico, the opposite of quiet, LaSalle at Chicago, tapas; I like the entrees
Fox & Obel Cafe on Illinois, one could fashion a vegetarian meal here
Coco Pazzo Cafe on St. Clair, snazzy Italian, fair prices
L'Appetito, Italian delis on Huron and at the base of the John Hancock

Good luck. Have fun.

Sep 23, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Good Vegetarian Dishes - particularly South 'Burbs, NW IN?

There are numerous Middle Eastern restaurants on Harlem Ave. from the 70s through the 100s in communities such as Palos, Bridgeview, and Worth. Also, the highly esteemed Steve's Shish Kebab House recently moved from 63rd St. to ... Roberts Road? In NW Indiana, I've heard good things about a small Middle Eastern restaurant on Rt. 30, north side of the street, around Merrillville. A search of this board and LTHforum should yield specific infomation.

Good luck and have fun.

Sep 18, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Ghanaian food in SW burbs

Boring old burbs? For a lifelong Will Countian, it's exciting to have new cuisines like West African and Filipino (Rt. 59 just north of St. Mary's in Plainfield, but I haven't tried it yet) joining our beloved standbys like Merichka's poor boys and White Fence Farm chicken. Another effect of the migration out of Cook County is a greater variety of Italian places, from sleek joints such as the Francesca's on 59, pizza places such as the non-bastard Vito & Nick's in Lemont Lanes and the non-bastard Palermo's at 45 and 30 and the Naperville Caputo's at 59 and 111th. Polish food shops are popping up too, including one on the SE corner of Weber and Renwick and a bakery cum bar run by the affable Stanley on Plainfield Rd. just west of Six Corners in Joliet. Plus there's the eponymous Greek cafe, Kosta's a few doors north of the Francesca's on 59 run by an award-winning restauranteur ex of Milwaukee and now of Rockford. Yes, the traffic is hell in burgeoning Will County, but at least we've got some new food as a result of it.

Good naturedly,

Mugs

Sep 10, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Ghanaian food in SW burbs

Red Tang closed? Ouch. What a handsome room it was; always underpopulated, as you said.

The guys who told me about the Ghanaian restaurant spoke positively of the place, perhaps primarily because the restaurant's existence demonstrates the growth and entrepreneurship of the West African community in our area.

I'll try to get up there and post.

Sep 09, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Ghanaian food in SW burbs

Some Ghanaian fellows mentioned this place to me last week. It's near the Chinese restaurant Red Tang on Budler just north of Airport Road.

Let us know what it's like if you try it.

Sep 08, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Where to dine in Matteson, Il.?

My wife and I ate at Courtright's for our recent wedding anniversary, and we were underwhelmed. It's quite the sedate room, especially early in the week, and all is sophisticated, but neither the menu nor the food was exciting or sublime.

In a wide compass around Matteson, Flossmoor Station gets rave reviews for its craft beers and grub; Tin Fish on Harlem in Tinley Park cooks fish well, but it's not a restaurant made for lingering; Mr. Benny's is an old-school steakhouse on 191st St. east of LaGrange Road in Mokena; there's a Francesca's in downtown Frankfort a friend really likes; Galway Tribes is a multi-roomed Irish pub near Lincoln-Way East H.S. just east of LaGrange Road in Frankfort whose food I like. For an anniverary dinner, I'd probably go with Francesca's and hope for the best.

Happy anniversary.

Aug 11, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Healthy and cheap in Chicago

Greektown for a cold appetizer plate (tzatziki, taramosalata, melitzanasalata, cukes, tomato wedges, olives) and a Greek salad (with free sesame-on-the-crust Greek bread) always feels healthy to me and should run no more than $20 at Greek Islands, Roditys, Pegasus, or Athena. I'm leaving the Parthenon out of the list because the cold appetizer plate I had there recently was tired.

Good luck.

Aug 11, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Looking for lunch on I 80 in PA and NJ

This Tuesday. Thanks in advance.

Aug 04, 2007
Mugs in Mid-Atlantic

I-80 / Ohio Turnpike recs needed

nsxtasy,

Thanks for the useful links. You're a good 'hound.

Mugs

Aug 01, 2007
Mugs in General Midwest Archive

I-80 / Ohio Turnpike recs needed

For lunch or supper this Monday as I drive from Chicago to Brooklyn: Italian, Greek, deli, Middle Eastern, chicken, fish.... Toledo area, Kent, Youngstown....

Thanks in advance

Aug 01, 2007
Mugs in General Midwest Archive

Central and eastern PA Turnpike recs needed

I'll be driving I-80 from Chicago to Brooklyn early next week and would appreciate learning of a decent place to have lunch or supper: chicken, fish, Italian, deli, Greek, Middle Eastern...

Thanks in advance.

Aug 01, 2007
Mugs in Mid-Atlantic

Custom wedding cakes....far west suburbs

These three bakeries in Joliet have their cake fans:

Milano Bakery, S. Chicago St. (Italian)
Joliet Bakery, Plainfield Rd. (Polish)
Baklava Plus, Essington Rd. (Lebanese)

Good luck.

Jul 29, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Thai food in the burbs

Thanks for this tip. Don't forget that on 59 at 111th is Caputo's, which has lots of Asian produce and frozen foods.

Kung Thai on Weber just south of I-55 is just OK. I haven't yet tried the Thai restaurant in Morris, called 312 Thai or something like that because the owner said he wanted to serve Thai food as good as that in Chicago.

Jul 29, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Best food- moderate prices

I like friendly restaurants with some sheen and flavorful, good-value food with some panache. Thus, I really like West Town Tavern, especially the tavern plate appetizer (something like that). WTT's Web site is a good one.

Have fun.

Jul 27, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Tribune Tower area lunch eats

Reliable, good-value lunch places in your area:

Blackie's
Fox & Obel Cafe on Illinois
Sayat Nova, Armenian on Ohio
L'Appettito, Italian delis on Huron and the base of the John Hancock

Jul 17, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Group Dinners - Fun, Moderate or less

I second the rec of Greektown. The area is compact, centered at Jackson and Halsted about 3/4 of a mile from the Sears Tower, to give a point of reference. Costa's and Santorini are the top-end places. In the reliable middle are Greek Islands, Pegasus, Athena, and Parthenon. As mentioned above, one can get loud in these places, especially Parthenon and Greek Islands, and these Hellenic restauranters excel at serving large groups. You could traipse from one restaurant to another, progressive dinner style. Of special note are Artopolis, a new-school cafe-bar-bakery, and Venus, which serves Cypriot food. Pan Hellenic Bakery is worth a look see, as is Athens Grocery. And Athenian Candle Co. at Jackson and Halsted is the place for Orthodox and voodoo wares. Every place I've mentioned is on the west side of Halsted. On the east side of Halsted are bars ranging from trendy to divey.

Yassou

Jul 14, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

Visiting for Pitchfork Music Festival...

East of Union Park at Halsted and Jackson is Greektown. My favorite under $20 meal at Greek Islands, Pegasus, or Athena is a cold appetizer plate and a Greek salad. With the free bread, that's a full meal. Artopolis is a hip, casual bar-cafe-bakery in Greektown. Know that Greektown kitchens are open late, like 11:00 or midnight.

South of Union Park at 18th and Ashland is the Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen. Nuevo Leon on the south side of 18th a half block east of Ashland is a perennial favorite. A search of this board using "Pilsen" will yield lots of leads.

Between Pilsen and Union Park on Taylor east of Ashland is Chicago's former Little Italy. Steps east of Ashland is Pompei Bakery, actually an Italian cafeteria. I like their salads and pasta more than their pizza. A half mile east on Taylor is Al's Beef, one of Chicago's ur-Italian beef joints. Across the street is Mario's Italian Lemonade, where folks double park to get cooled off.

Have fun.

Jul 06, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area

the count in chicago?

Conte di Savoia on Taylor St.?

Jul 02, 2007
Mugs in Chicago Area