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Quick Trip to Chicago. Any recs- EastEurope/Mexican

VivreManger | Jun 25, 200404:01 PM

Going off to Chicago for a quick weekend family party in Hyde Park, but I am planning a few food outings.

I have perused the legendary revised, Mike G's Tip Sheet - W/amended tip on finding old posts

but I am not sure I can handle all of the instructions. However my primitive searching and previous visits have yielded the following ideas.

Scheduled to reach O'Hare at 8:40 PM on a week night. Even without checked luggage we will be lucky to get to a restaurant by 9:45. What is good and open late? We had been thinking of Parikash or something else Central European since that is a food we don't get much in western Mass. True around here we have Polish, but it tends to be of the The Red Apple variety. I would prefer something more Hungarian or Czech. When last time we tried Operetta, it was booked and filled with shaven-headed construction workers consuming vast quantities of beer. I am willing to give it another try. Any other suggestions in that vein, particularly something in the area not too far from OHare, but in the direction of Hyde Park? My Chicago family likes Tre Kronor, but I can't get that excited about Swedish food. I am not wild about Greek town. And Paprikash has gotten some good buzz on this list.

Friday lunch I want to do Mexican. I liked Nuevo Leon -- enjoyed the tongue a great deal. I have heard about Polo. In may it got some good notices. Has it fallen from favor? I think that Chilpancingo is much over-rated. The only thing worth a return visit was the lime dressing on the salad. At Nuevo Leon, on the other hand, I would happily eat everything all over again. But if Polo is better, it will be worth a try.

For a late afternoon snack I propose the ribs at Lem's. Saturday night is a Middle Eastern affair, but I am not sure about lunch. We leave on Sunday, with not enough time for Maxwell St. Is it open Saturday AM as well? Otherwise I might head up north from Hyde Park to some of the hot dog stands.

Thanks in advance for the recommendations

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