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Lunch recs during a two-day visit

equinoise | Sep 13, 2006 01:53 PM

My fiancee and I are travelling across the country from NYC to Seattle in early October, and stopping for about two days in Chicago.

We plan to have dinner at Frontera Grill on one night, but need advice for two lunches, and a more affordable dinner on the second night; budget is an issue.

I have been treated to a wealth of info on this site and that LTHF board, but I'm having trouble narrowing it down for a short stay: Greektown (Greek Islands, Rodity's)? What we outsiders view as more quintessential chicago fare (Jim's Original, beef sandwiches, etc)? The handful of Thai spots I have heard so much about (TAC, Sticky Rice, Spoon)? Taquierias and carnitas spots in Pilsen (numerous)?

I am tempted to ditch Greektown for cost concerns, but maybe we should experience the vibe there. PErhaps a solid cheap lunch can be had there (all I have heard of are the aforementioned sit-down places). Similarly, should we ditch Frontera, and go for the atmosphere of Pilsen and a cheaper spot?

Are the thai spots really all that, compared to what we might get in new york or seattle? I am overlooking the slavic or e. europeans scene? I hear talk of an obscure indo-chinese scene also.

I would appreciate help with this difficult question.

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