Another good breakfast spot I just thought of is the Ceres Restuarant, inside the Chicago Board of Trade, Jackson Blvd. at the intersection with LaSalle St.
Don’t know if you’d consider this good breakfast, but there is a Krispy Kreme donuts on the 100 block of Van Buren (1 block south of Jackson Blvd) and another in the Union Station food court.
As suggested in your other thread, Lou Mitchell’s is the most famous breakfast spot in Chicago. Consistently rated amoung the best. Don’t be looking for a low fat or colestrol dish there though. Double yolk eggs and lots of butter are just the beginning. 565 W. Jackson Blvd, 3 blocks west of the tower.
In search of a decent breakfast place….will try Luke’s Italian Beef (half block from the tower) at lunch today if lunch is unplanned….
Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone 🙂
There’s also the nearby Weber Grill Restaurant (part of a very small [three locations ?], Chicago-based chain) that really serves some superb fare !
Incidently, speaking of River North, Harry Caray’s, one of the greatest Chicago eateries reviewed here is just accross the river at Dearborn and Kinzie. You should really try to make it if you can. It’s a short cab ride or 15 minute walk straight up Dearborn.
Unfortunately, the south loop where you are located is the financial district and is pretty much a ghost town after office hours. It’s been improving the last few years, but there still isn’t a whole lot going on at night. The hot dog stands you refer to are mostly scattered thoughout the neighborhoods or nightlife areas like Lakeview or Lincoln Park. River North (around Malnati’s) is a little better. The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave. north of the river) and Navy Pier aren’t really roadfood havens, but they have a lot of nice shopping and touristy attractions.
TJ, you’ll know the original Billy Goat as it is literally underground. In addition, while "the man" may have you in meetings and corporate dinners for the week, you can always squeeze in a few minutes to run out and get some of the Windy City’s famous Garrett’s Popcorn available at a number of stands in the city. FYI.
It’s not "Chicago" food, but if you’ve got time, stop in at Heaven on Seven. They’ve got several locations, but the one I always go to is on N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor (street address is something like 500 or 600). Entrance is on the corner of Ohio and Rush St. BEST cajun/creole food outside of a bayou barbecue I’ve ever found, and their turtle soup is to die for. [:D]
Unfortunately, all meals today were preplanned by my company, so while I could report on culinary experiences, I woudn’t have anythign positive to say 🙂
Amusingly, the dinner choice that was made fo us was Giordanos. 🙂 Mind you, I would have been happy to eat that pizza again, but the buffet was preplaned and we had a variety of bland trayed food…..
That said, I had time to walk a 30 block or so circuit more or less mendering around and about the Sears tower before the late-scheduled dinner, and was suprised to find ot a single hot dog place. I had assumed from reading had done (on this site and on Hollyeats) that hot dog/sausage places were pervasive throughout downtown Chicago, but nary a one did I find. Mind you, there were places that served sausages and dogs, but none I saw that specialized in these.
I also found several Bily Goat Taverns. The image in my mind was that this was a single small place ala the skit of the original SNL, but I was clearly wrong. My boss told me she’d take me by the original one at the end of the week….I guess I didn’t pay attention to this fact as I am sure many of you already knew this.
I found the Berghoff, which tuns out to be just a block from where I am staying, and am eager to check that out tommorrow evening. I was suprised at the prices on the menu — I expecged them to be much higher…..
Also found the Italian Beef place — Luke’s — that a reader here recommended. They close at 4pm daily, so I have to hope that at least one of the lunch breaks this week isn’t preplanned.
When I stay in Chicago, I always stay at the Residence Inn in Rose Mont close to the airport. There is a Giordano’s within a few blocks and I always get the huge stuff pizza. They are wonderful. I get the smallest available and it is more than I can consume.
Paul E. Smith
Don’t forget the Grand-daddy of them all…The Berghoff.
I just arrived in Chicago (from Cincinnati) for a week-long training seminar.
While the training starts tomorrow, my Chicago Roadfood experience begins today. My coworker (Scott) and I went out in search of Lou Malnati’s, located it, but found that they were closed for a private party. Disappointed but undetered, we drove around looking for a Chicago style pizza joint open on a bitterly cold Sunday evening.
We ended up at Giordano’s…..we both ordered stuffed pizzas, me with a sausage and onion and Scott with a ‘special’ of sausage, green pepper, onion, and mushroom. He had worked several years in his youth at a Uno’s franchise in Cincinnati and warned me that this would be nothing special, that his years at Uno’s indicted that this was a dry and relatively tasteless albeit filling experience. I just smiled and said I’d reserve judgement til I had tried it for myself….
45 minutes later, he was oooing and ahing and declared this to be nothing like he had eaten in his youth, and I was smiling knowingly and enjoying a realy great pizza, not like anything I had had before.
The crust was the most suprising thing to me. I had known this style pizza was ‘inverted’ — sauce on top, cheese and ‘top’pings on the bottom — so no suprise here. The pizza crusts in Cincinnati are almost always either crisp or chewy, and this crust was more flakey, not quite cake like. Overall, this was a really wonderful pie.
I look forward to sampling other Chicago food throughout this week, and reporting back.
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