We are going to be driving form Philadelphia to Evanston and wanted to stop in Chicago for dinner on our way. We will probably get to the southern section of Chicago at around 7 pm on a Wednesday evening and are hoping for something casual. We were thinking possibily Chinatown - Lao She Zuan or Double Li, perhaps, but were somewhat concerned about the true level of spicyness we have read on Chowhound. We do eat a lot of spicy food, but the threads we've read seem to point out that the food is extremely spicy. Can anyone comment on this?
I realize there are so many restaurants in the various neighborhoods, but we would appreciate some suggestions for ethnic except mexican and deep dish pizza (having mexican next evening), italian, american, middle eastern, good pub food. Since we'll be driving we could really go just about anywhere, but I would like it to be more south to downtown rather than to the north side of town since that would be a little too late by the time we would get to those points. Price wise I think no more than $25/person should be ok before drinks.
I appreciate your assistance.