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Boston Hound coming to Chicago for a weekend

foodscience | Apr 8, 200807:37 AM

This trip can't arrive soon enough, I'm too excited for the (too few) meals I will be having.

I'll be in town for just a weekend 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners. But, I'm going to try to squeeze in as many snacks and in-between-meal meals as possible. One dinner is already spoken for ( we're very excited to be going to Alinea). Because of that one dinner, the rest of the trip will be on a tighter budget. We'll be staying at the Marriott downtown on the magnificent mile.

Since this will be my first 'real' trip to the windy city, I really need to get some Chicago style pizza and a hot dog. I've been doing some research on this board and have a few ideas so far:

Pizza (dinner or lunch )- Gullivers, Gino's East, Bacino.
Hot Dogs ( a lunch) - Gene & Jude's, Portillos

As for the breakfasts and other lunch dinner, we are very adventurous eaters, love the hole in the wall shacks, but also enjoy nice establishments. Here's some more info/question:

-We both really like Mexican food, and I am wondering if there are any great Mexican breakfast places (Huevos Rancheros?)

-Is Frontrera Grill worth a lunch stop?

-Any spots for late-night eats near the hotel?

-Any good happy hour places with decent apps and interesting cocktails for drinks before dinner?

What am I missing? Where should we go for breakfast?

Any help will be much appreciated!!

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