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Good Eats In Chitown

A February 2004 trip to Chicago by icheapa

Quote: Good eats for cheap. This is my list of dining experiences in the diverse cuisines in Chicago. Some are small family-owned. Some may just be a hole in the wall. Some may not be your usual restaurant, but it's all good. This list will slowly be added.

Latin Sandwich Cafe

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Restaurant | "Latin Sandwich Café"

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This is my favorite place to pick up a hot Cuban sandwich and a nice big cup of horchata (sweeten rice drink) to go. All the sandwiches start from $3.75 to a little under $5.00. When I get a chance to sit and dine, I love the huge Chilean empanada, which is baked pastry with meat of your choice as a filling. Two of those can fill you up pretty well. I've had the Milanesa sandwich (breaded steak) served on Chilean style homemade cornbread, which added a little sweetness to the sandwich. The Puerto Rican-style Jibarito sandwich (also good), consist of breaded steak and fried green bananas. They do serve entrees besides sandwiches, but I’ve never had the chance to try any of it yet. Since I am still w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

Latin Sandwich Cafe
4009 N. Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60618
773/478-0175

3 R's Oriental Food

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Restaurant | "3 R"

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There are many places in Chicago that usually double themselves as a grocery store and a quick eatery hangout. Some may even house a video store way in the back of the store. So when I have a taste for Filipino food, I go to this place. The grocery store is tiny and narrow. As you make your way toward the three aisles back to your left is a full fledge cafeteria. You can pick up a tray and choose from the many stews, fried fishes & meat skewers through the steamed glass window. You order by container size or by pieces. I usually like to get the large pre-contained order of panisit (vegetable & vermicelli mix) for just under $5. Or I like to add in a few individual pieces of lumpi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

3 R's Oriental Food
2714 W. Montrose Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60618
(773) 478-2599

Joy Yee's Noodle Shop

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Restaurant

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This is the best place just for cold boba tea (fruit smoothie with tapioca balls). Only at the Chinatown location. They use only fresh fruits here. The menu is a massive selection of different fruits, teas, tapiocas and ice cream mixes. I like my usual mango or honeydew green tea tapioca, which cost me an exact $3. They only have one size and usually big enough to be my lunch. This place is located in Chinatown Square (Archer Ave and Canal St). Joy Yee is actually a pan-Asian restaurant which serves food and drinks whimsically on boats, fruits and whatever cool dishes they could use. For this entry I’m not recommending eating there. The few times I've been were not good at all. I don’t be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

Joy Yee's Noodle Shop
2159 S. China Place
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 328-0001

San Soo Gap San

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Restaurant

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After a late-night outing with a group of friends, instead of a 24-hour diner, we like to head for the 24-hour Korean BBQ. It’s located north of Lincoln Square, on the corner of Western Ave. and Bryn Mawr. It’s best to go by car or taxi. I’m not sure if the bus runs that far north. There is a little parking lot out front, but street parking is also available. Just standing in the parking lot, you can smell the BBQ already. Once inside the doors, you just need to eye the waitress and tell her the number of people in your party. Behind different cubicle-like walls are small to large parties of BBQ-goers. If you go with a party larger than six, they will seat you in the platform room. But be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2004

San Soo Gap San
5247 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois