I'm coming back to my chowhound alma mater of Chicago next weekend.
I'd greatly appreciate a few thoughtful, inexpensive, out-of-the-way, only-in-Chicago chow recommendations.
ISO: Gyros, dogs, beefs, Korean, Mexican, Soul food, Eastern European, deep dish, etc.
I'm not looking for anything fancy or chic, and the higher the address number, be it west, north, or south, the better. I'd love to explore some neighborhoods I haven't been to as well.
I don't need Italian food, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Yuppie, Frenchie, or anything else that I could find here in NYC. I've also eaten my way across Skokie, Lincolnwood, and Evanston, so I'd like to avoid those areas this time around. Places such as Cicero and Berwyn are the key to my Italian Beef dreams.
A few of my old faves: Torre's Italian Beef at Diversey and Western, Leo's Lunch Room, the taqueria just south of Division on Ashland (NOT Arandas), the Evanston Chicken Shack, a Korean place near Central Park and Lawrence, Poochies, Superdawg, Don's Coffee Club (I hope it's still around!). I still have yet to sample Gyro nirvana, though I've come close at several spots.
Looking forward to putting on the 5 pounds I usually do during my Chicago visits,