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Friday, November 12, 2010

Best places to eat in Chicago for grad students

There are many ways to get recommendations for great food sources in Chicago. Here, I built my own recommendation, which albeit untested, should be a good resource for economical and fun outing. I went to Yelp and picked restaurants that offer different cuisines on the basis of price ($, $, $$) and ratings (3*/208 means 3 stars out of 208). As the days go by I am going to explore these should too and let me know how it goes.

Texas de Brazil (Brazilian Steakhouse, $$$, unknown rating)

We went to this one yesterday. I think we ate an entire cow!!! It was $44 per person. We definitely ate a lot of amazingly tasty steak prepared in at least six different styles. It was awesome. One thing though is that they do not prepare their Caipirinhas they way they do in Brazil. Brazilian Caipirinhas are prepared by grinding lime in presence of sugar then adding ice and cachacha to the mix then stirring it. If you want fruity drink, just drop the fruit of choice (try lychee!!!) into the drink before adding ice. The way the bartender did it was he prepared it as if he was making cocktail...did not like it. Also, the drink was expensive, you may be better off picking a bottle of Napa valley red wine for $27 instead of two bad Caipirinhas for $11 each!
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant (Japanese/Sushi, $$, 3*/208)

(Go during the happy hour: Mon-Sat 3:00-7:00pm. 1/2 off food $2 sake!!!)

1139 N State St
(between Cedar St & Elm St)
Chicago, IL 60610
Neighborhood: Near North Side
(312) 274-0011

Birreria Reyes de Ocotlan (Mexican, $, 4*/20)

1322 W 18th St
(between Ada St & Blue Island Ave)
Chicago, IL 60608
Neighborhood: Pilsen
(312) 733-2613

Hagens Fish Market (Seafood, $, 4.5/63)

5635 W. Montrose Avenue
(between Central Ave & Major Ave)
Chicago, IL 60634
Neighborhood: Portage Park
(773) 283-1944

Hot Doug's(Fast food, $, 4.5/1391)

3324 N California Ave
(between Henderson St & Roscoe St)
Chicago, IL 60618
Neighborhood: Avondale
(773) 279-9550
Taza (Middle-Eastern, $, 4.5/250)

176 N Franklin St
(between Monroe St & Couch Pl)
Chicago, IL 60606
Neighborhood: The Loop
(312) 201-9885 

Laschet's Inn (German, $$, 4.5*/143)

2119 W Irving Park Road
(between Hamilton Ave & Hoyne Ave)
Chicago, IL 60618
Neighborhood: North Center
(773) 478-7915

Abyssinia (Ethiopian, $$, 4.5*/44)

5842 N Broadway St
(between Ardmore Ave & Rosedale Ave)
Chicago, IL 60660
Neighborhood: Edgewater
(773) 271-7133

Paul Zakopane Harnas(Polish, $, 4.5*/41)

2943 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Neighborhood: Avondale
(773) 342-1464

Edgewater Beach Cafe (French, $$$, 4.5/18)

5545 N Sheridan Rd
(between Bryn Mawr Ave & Catalpa Ave)
Chicago, IL 60640
Neighborhood: Edgewater
(773) 275-4141

Greenhouse Inn at Misericordia (Sunday brunch, $, 5/10)

6300 N Ridge Ave
(at Thome Ave)
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 273-4182

Lawrence Fish Market (Sushi, $, 4.5*/179)

3914 W Lawrence Ave
(between Harding Ave & Springfield Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
Neighborhood: Albany Park
(773) 267-6838

Wings Around the World (Wings, $ ,4.5*/54)

510 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60616
Neighborhood: Greater Grand Crossing
(773) 483-9120

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