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Mangia Chicago!

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A travel journal to Chicago by cls223

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Quote: As natives know and visitors discover, Chicago is a dining paradise, with everything from out-of-the-way neighborhood grills to world-class restaurants. I'd like to share some of my discoveries. Check back often; I will be adding more entries as I eat my way around the city!

Mangia Chicago!

Overview

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My favorite place for dinner is anywhere in Chicago's Greektown. I love walking through the neighborhood, listening to the Greek music spilling out from open windows and smelling the wonderful cooking!

Quick Tips:

Virtually every ethnic neighborhood is chock full of undiscovered dining gems. Get off the beaten track and discover one for yourself.

Best Way To Get Around:

In the city, public transportation is cheap and convenient. Once you get into the "burbs", you really need a car to get around.

Elephant & Castle

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Restaurant | "Elephant and Castle"

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Elephant and Castle....sounds like a British pub, right? Well, it is, or at least a decent imitation, down to the red telephone booth in front! The menu features traditional pub fare such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, and Shepherd's pie. I was here at lunch on a Saturday with two friends, and one tried the Shepherd's pie. This is a dish of ground beef, topped with mashed potatoes and served with a salad (she did not recommend it). Another friend had the Crispy Chicken sandwich; a lightly breaded chicken breast served on a roll with Remoulade sauce and looked absolutely delicious! I had the Castle Club, which is a tasty combination of roast turkey breast, bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayonna...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Elephant & Castle
111 W. Adams St.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 236-6656

Stir Crazy Cafe

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Restaurant

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My girlfriend and I followed an evening of shopping with dinner at Stir Crazy. One of the unique things Stir Crazy offers is a sort of "do-it-yourself" wok dinner. You have a choice of various meats, vegetables, sauces, etc. which you select at the market counter and then cook to your unique taste. I guess we were both a bit lazy, as we opted for entrees on the menu rather than cooking our own! For an appetizer, we shared an order of Vegetable Spring Rolls. You get three pieces of crispy rolls filled with shredded carrots, cabbage and other veggies. The dipping sauce adds just the right touch. Julie picked Sweet and Sour Chicken for her entree, which is chunks of chicken breast, green and re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Stir Crazy Cafe
105 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 575-0155

Wildfire

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Restaurant

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Wildfire is primarily a steak and chop house, noted for flame cooking and spit roasting over wood, giving dishes their unique flavor. There is a large bar offering an even larger martini menu. For an appetizer, try the Baked French Onion soup or perhaps the Crab Cakes with Mustard Mayonnaise. Menu staples are pork chops and steaks, including a 22 oz. Chicago cut prime rib, with optional peppercorn crusting. There is a nice selection of fresh fish and seafood. I had Coconut Shrimp, which is shrimp on skewers, served with a ginger coconut sauce....terrific! Sandwiches, such as char-grilled burgers, are available. Vegetables are offered as sides - try the red skin mashed potatoes - and salads are ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Wildfire
159 West Erie St
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 787 9000

Big Bowl Asian Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Big Bowl"

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Big Bowl's specialty is noodles, presented in Pan Asian style in many variations. You may want to sample their Shanghai Noodles, or Chinese egg noddles mixed with tender chicken and vegetables. On a cold Chicago day, the Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup - chicken, noodles, spices - is sure to warm you up. Since the tempting menu made it virtually impossible to pick just one thing, I ordered the Ultimate Combo, one of their most popular dishes. The combo features Imperial Roll, Chicken Potstickers, Chicken Satay, Vietnamese Summer Roll, and Sesame Peanut Noodles. The Imperial Roll was very good, although it had an unusual flavor: I almost think it might have been made with shredded beef, rather than...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

Big Bowl Asian Kitchen
60 E Ohio St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 951-1888

Russian Tea Time

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Restaurant

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Russian Tea Time is a delight, from the moment you step into this restaurant within steps of the Art Institute, Symphony Center and the Theatre District. Despite a busy lunchtime crowd and several people waiting, the polite, welcoming hostess was quickly able to find a spot for a solo diner and assured me I would easily make an afternoon matinee of the Nutcracker. Settling into a cozy corner, I admired the red tablecloths, dark wood, framed Erte works on the walls, and Russian folk art objects scattered throughout. The brass chandeliers glowed softly, while Russian music played and lent an authentic touch. My server appeared and his, "Hello, nice to see you, welcome" made me feel as if I was an ol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2001

Russian Tea Time
77 East Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 360 0000

Star of Siam

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Restaurant

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Star of Siam, located just off the bustle of Michigan Avenue, is a must for anyone who loves Thai food. The space is very open, with red brick and exposed pipes, which are painted red to match the brick. The color scheme is carried through in the red cushions and colorful wall hangings. A couple of us stopped here for lunch Saturday, including one friend of mine who loves really hot spicy Thai dishes. We started with an order of Satay, which are skewers of beef and chicken (3 of each) marinated in spices and coconut milk and served with a creamy peanut sauce and cucumber salad. I tend to rate a Thai restaurant by the quality and quantity of its peanut sauce. This was one of the creamiest ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2001

Star of Siam
11 East Illinois St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 670 0100

Greek Islands

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Greek Town is one of my favorite ethnic areas in the city, and Greek Islands is one of the "Old Guard", existing on their spot on Halsted as long as I can remember. During the last Democratic Convention held in Chicago, Greek Town and several other nearby neighborhoods were spiffed up a bit, as they are close to the Stadium, site of the Convention. Greek Islands underwent a facelift as well, the most notable change being the additional of a large bar area. Sometimes friends and I just enjoy meeting for "mezedes" and drinks. Mezedes, "something small and delicate", (appetizers to you and me) can be either hot or cold, and Greek Islands has a generous selection from which to choose. Four of my frie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2001

Greek Islands
200 South Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(312) 782-9855

P F Chang's China Bistro

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Restaurant | "P. F. Chang's"

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A co-worker recommended P F Chang's so this past Saturday a friend and I decided to give it a try. P F Chang's has three locations in the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as a growing number of restaurants nation-wide. The concept seems to be a melding of traditional Chinese food and American rock and roll culture. The menu is fairly extensive, offering some traditional Chinese fare such as shrimp dumplings and spring rolls, along with more innovative dishes. We decided on spring rolls for an appetizer. Having ordered these, our server asked us what degree of spiciness we liked in our food. We said moderate, not being sure what "moderate" meant to him (in some places moderate has seared flesh!...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2001

P F Chang's China Bistro
530 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 828-9977

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant"

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Imagine that you are on a riverboat, winding your way down the Mississippi River on a lazy, sultry Saturday afternoon. The ship’s bar and dining rooms echo with laughter, music, and the spicy scent of fresh Gulf seafood in various and sundry variety permeates the air, tempting your taste buds. This is the image conjured up at Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant; where Chicago-based IGOUGO guides dawn and I, and passing-through-town smmmarti guide, met for lunch this past weekend. For a starter, our delightful server, Chelsea, recommended the lobster bisque, which she said is not always available. dawn and smmmarti guide decided that was too good to pass up, and they both ordered a cup. When it a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2002

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
921 Pasquinelli Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60559
(630) 455-9846