Unfortunately, this trip I didn't have much of a chance to perform the requisite hours upon hours of Chowhound research before I came to town. Adding insult to injury, I really didn't have a whole lot of time or money (or a car, for that matter) to hit the highly-cited recommendations in town.
Got to town a little late on Sunday eve, and decided to ankle it over to Amarit from my Sheraton 4 Points hotel. It was 9:35p. They close at 10p. Despite my short notice, they whipped out an order of spring rolls in about 30 seconds. Given my short notice, or maybe not, the spring rolls were lousy. Mostly just the wrapper, but if that ain't right, nothing is. On the other hand, the pad kee mow was very good, if not great with the requisite fiery condiments. Phukets to wash it down was quite effective, if not complimentary. Very hot walk to & fro.
Worked a long day today (Mon.) and had very little time to give to waiting on food, so I decided to walk the 3 blocks to Potrillos for a coupla dogs. Dogs were good, but not as good as I remember. This time around I found myself enjoying the sport peppers more than anything else. Still a pretty decent dog, but next time I'm getting a car and whipping out to Gene & Judes. I also think that, while I love Chicago dogs, I may prefer (or may still remember well) other styles, in particular, Speed's from Boston (a totally one-of-a-kind-life-changing-dog). Again, still a decent dog from Portillos.
It looks as though I'll be making several more work trips to your fine city, and most likely will be staying in this same area. As aforementioned, I haven't searched the boards well, but I would appreciate any current insight y'all might have for good eats in the nabe. I've heard about Dao, Silver Spoon, Oysy, and a few others. I'm certainly not limited to Asian cuisine and, more than likely, I'll be dining solo, and would appreciate good eat-at-the-bar cheapish eats (<$30).