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Lunch and dinner on a budget in The Loop

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Lunch and dinner on a budget in The Loop

chaseshadows | Jul 29, 2011 08:49 PM

My cousin and I are staying in The Loop from Saturday to Monday, the weekend of Lolla. Not going to the concerts but being the recent college grad/grad students that we are, we have to stay on a budget nonetheless. But we're adventurous foodies and looking for good food!

Our budget being around $10/person for lunch, around $15/person for dinner. We are giving in and splurging on a meal or dessert/drinks at the Signature Room or Lounge, just for the view.

In The Loop is great, but if it's outside and easily accessible by train (and in an area also worth exploring), that's awesome too.

We're open to any kind of cuisine but probably not Chinese, as we're Chinese and would be extremely picky with Chinese food. We're really looking for really good, unique, or can't miss food. As a reference, I'm coming from San Francisco and my cousin spends her time travelling the world (most recently France and Tunisia.) So really, we're open for trying anything.

These are the places I've found so far, input on any "musts" or "skips" is welcome. I feel like much of my list is more lunch stuff (and a lot of Mediterranean), so dinner stops are much appreciated.

Taza
Cafecito
Johnny's Grill
Big & Littles
Harold's Chicken Shack
Perry's Deli
FliP Crepes
Pastoral Artisan Cheese
Protein Bar
Mediterranean Grill
Avanti Caffe Inc
Pierogi Heaven
Oasis Cafe
Roti Mediterranean Grill
Benjyehuda

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