Hey all, I need some help planning where to eat while in Chicago - we'll be in Chicago in September for a weekend, and I'm going with people who can be quite picky. I eat virtually anything, and love dining out at great restaurants, but we'll also have to keep price in mind as well, as one of the people is a student without money to spend at the places I REALLY want to go to in Chicago.
I think we want to stay within walking distance (or a short cab ride) of where we are staying (3452 N. Southport Dr.).
I need recs for dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, late night eats Saturday night, and brunch on Sunday. All will need to accommodate casual attire.
Places I had thought of:
Dinner Friday - Bull-eh-dia's - I figured with a tapas menu we could please everyone. Plus, I love authentic tapas - is this place any good? What about Mexican food in the area (Topolobampo is on my personal list, but I couldn't even get a reservation so am going to pass until I make a trip with just my wife). Who makes a great margarita in the area? Anywhere have al pastor that I just can't pass up?
After dinner - We love Irish pubs - I see that Irish Oak has been reviewed well, what about Mystic Celt? I think Mystic Celt is right across the street from where we are staying.
Breakfast Saturday - I really want to get dim sum, but haven't heard many great things about the dim sum in Chicago. Instead, I've thought about heading to Southport Grocery & Cafe - the brisket and gravy sounds awesome.
Lunch Saturday - Wherever we go, it has to have either incredible wings or be at least close to Chicago's best burger. I know they're not near us, but I'm intrigued by the wings at both Jake Melnick's and The Fifty/50. There are other wing spots in south Chicago (Wings around the World, Take Me Out) that I WILL go to when I'm in Chicago next, but don't see anybody wanting to make that drive on Saturday except for, well, me. If there is a place in Wrigleyville/Lakeview that has outstanding burgers or wings, please fill me in. **Note: I really, really want to try Hot Doug's. From the sound of it, it is outstanding (I looked at their specials, and they made my mouth water). However, there is no way I'm spending an hour and a half of my pre-concert drinking time to wait for one. Is the wait ALWAYS that long?
Late night Saturday - We need a sports bar that still serves food after midnight. I have no idea who does, please provide suggestions.
Sunday brunch - I'm guessing we won't roll out of bed very early on Sunday, and we'll need something to fill up on before we drive back to Des Moines. Lou Malnati's may replace brunch here if people are dying for pizza, but a good brunch is hard to turn down. If it's a buffet/AYCE brunch, even better.
Thanks for your help!
Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL
Take Me Out
1502 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608