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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Zagat's survey asks consumers to rank top restaurants in Chigaco. Forty percent of diners prefer classic hotdog stands to fine dining   ( suntimes.com) divider line
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2004-06-29 10:16:18 AM  
The biggest difference between a $20 meal and a $100 meal is the pretentiousness of the setting.
 
2004-06-29 10:17:25 AM  
In a related story, 40% of people prefer not to know what goes in their food.
 
2004-06-29 10:17:33 AM  
Chigaco?
 
2004-06-29 10:20:19 AM  
Almighty: Chicago was purchased by Aztlan Financial Interests so they changed the name.
 
2004-06-29 10:21:09 AM  
Remember, the fancier the presentation, the more bare hands that touched your food.
 
2004-06-29 10:21:56 AM  
My favorite "Chigaco" restaurant: The Wiener's Circle.
 
2004-06-29 10:22:05 AM  
Damn straight.

Hot dogs: Gene's and Jude's
Beefs: Johnnies
Pizza: Giordano's
Beef burrito: Las Pasadita

Let the debate begin.
 
2004-06-29 10:22:58 AM  
Misleading headline.

The classic hot dog stands were in the ranking for best value for money, not top restuarants period.

By the logic of the submitter Taco Bell and White Castle could be among the "top restuarants."
 
2004-06-29 10:23:01 AM  
~40% of Chicago's population are black
26% Hispanic

http://www.suntimes.com/census/cities/chicago.html
 
2004-06-29 10:23:16 AM  
Interesting. I'm going to U of Chicago come September. Anyone know of any good restaurants in or near Hyde Park?
 
2004-06-29 10:24:10 AM  
Well at least it gives me an idea of where to go this weekend. I have no idea what is good or not in Chicago, since this will be my first trip to the Windy City.
 
2004-06-29 10:25:40 AM  
hmmmmm Portillos
 
2004-06-29 10:25:49 AM  
Fark that drek, Aztlan already bought it?

And -everything- is put on hold when I consider Portillo's Chili dogs. So I imagine there's some truth to the survey.
 
2004-06-29 10:26:52 AM  
Mmmm, dirty water dogs.......
 
jph
2004-06-29 10:27:09 AM  
Pizza: Nancy's
Burritos: El Famous Burrito (or alternatively La Bamba's)
Hot dogs: Portillos or the Weiner's Circle
Beef: Strats

The poster is an idiot.
 
2004-06-29 10:28:05 AM  
No chitaco stands?
 
2004-06-29 10:28:13 AM  
PORTILLOS is the greatest ever...But Pottbelly's and Lou Malnatti's are awesome if you don't want Portillos
 
2004-06-29 10:28:31 AM  
Hey You Buttered, there's always the classics Harold's Chicken Shack. It is a very "urban" type of place. Great chicken, soggy fries, HOT hot souce, and every order comes with a piece of wonder bread.
 
2004-06-29 10:29:18 AM  
I live in Colorado now and the people around here don't know anything about meat. Of course they think they know something about it- they claim Chicago couldn't possibly be any different. Chicago is a million times better.

I'd never move back, but I miss Portillo's.
 
2004-06-29 10:34:00 AM  
Chicago is the world capital of real junk food. That includes pizza you NY weenies. I'm not just talking about that deep dish stuff either. World's best thin crust too. Pizza starts in Chicago.

Same goes for hot dogs. Nathan's? Pleeeeze. Portillo's is the big time chain, but good dogs are found almost everywhere, along with grilled Polish & Italian sausage.

Italian Beef, mmm,mm. Someone once asked me if that was a Chicago version of a cheesesteak. Yeah, if you take an IB and drop it in the mud, you have something like a cheesesteak.

I gotta go eat somethin.
 
2004-06-29 10:34:24 AM  
Chicago and Mr. Beef are joined at the proverbial hip. Soaked in au jus w/ hot peppers and mozzarella please.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=1307

/ no html skilz
 
2004-06-29 10:34:28 AM  
Meh. You want a hot dog, go to Criff Dogs in the East Village at 6th & Avenue A in NYC. They wrap the dogs in bacon and deep fry the things, then top them with things like cheese, more bacon, jalepeno slices and sour creame (my personal favorite). Unhealthy you say, but when you accept the fact that you're basically eating lips and assholes, do you really care if those assholes are deep fried and wrapped in bacon?
 
2004-06-29 10:37:27 AM  
"You know the difference between a penis & a Hotdog?"

"No."

"What are you doing for lunch?"

/Lucky Dogs in the French Quarter
/Ignatius J Reilly
 
2004-06-29 10:37:35 AM  
I haven't found a new favorite for Chicago Dogs since they tore the Hastee Tastee down. Portillo's does them pretty well. My husband prefers Gene & Jude's.
 
2004-06-29 10:37:40 AM  
Someone explain something to me. Why is it that every damn city in the United States has some sort of arrogant belief that the best food in the country can be had there? This is ludicrous! It always degenerates into a pretentious argument about who can find the most esoteric restauraunt in their hometown that no one else knows about so they can feel superior that "Place X is Soooooo much better than Place Y since only losers think Place X is the best place to eat."
 
2004-06-29 10:37:42 AM  
Mabye giving the survey to 500 guys named Swerski wasn't such a good idea after.
 
2004-06-29 10:37:50 AM  
Chuckie Trotter's food is better than Tru, but Tru's service is positively frightening in its efficiency.

And Flange! is right on when he cites Harold's as the real deal.

Hot dogs - Portillo's makes a mean dog, but Gold Coast for me.
Pizza - Edwardo's deep or Pat's thin - cut in squares. Lou Malnati's for something in-between
Italian Beef - Luke's on Jackson, hot, dipped
Fast food-ish Mexican - Arturo's at Western and Armitage then stop by Margie's for dessert.

And Frotteur has clearly not eaten at a really good restaurant. Charlie Trotter's food is just completely alien to "normal" restaurant food. Who knew you'd ever be eager to eat beet froth? But you will be after you eat there.
 
2004-06-29 10:38:23 AM  
I moved from Chicago a couple years ago and miss Ann Sathers - the BEST breakfast place ever. Their cinnamon rolls, served piping hot, are to die for.
 
2004-06-29 10:40:39 AM  
The best homestyle Mexican is Aguas Calientes, hands down (appx. 19th and Cicero).

The Spanish crown goes to Cafe Iberico, featuring loads of tapas.

When is lunch again?
 
2004-06-29 10:41:53 AM  
Hey Probiegirl,

XRT now streams via the web.
 
2004-06-29 10:42:16 AM  
One of my favorite hobbies in Chicago is "New Restaurant Night." There are so many unbelievably great places to eat here. Besides the great pizza and hot dogs, I've come to love Ethiopian. And don't get me started about some of the steak joints or the Italian food. For some reason I'm suddenly hungry!
 
2004-06-29 10:42:39 AM  
I don't know if I'd want to eat at a place called "Trotters"...
 
2004-06-29 10:44:05 AM  
Nordburg
Have you been to Twist at Sheffield and Clark? Great tapas. I haven't tried Iberico yet so I can't say if it's better or worse, but Twist is certainly worth a visit (preferably on a day when the Cubs are away).
 
2004-06-29 10:44:36 AM  
DOGS Gene and Judes
BEEF Johnnies (actually i prefer the combos and ice)
Pizza avoid the chains and eat at any corner pizzeria

I am always amazed when people say that the meat is not any differnt in Chicago. A Canadian friend thinks she can get the same beef sandwhich from 7-1 She doesnt understand the gravy and peppers concept.
 
2004-06-29 10:45:40 AM  
I moved away from *Chicago*, the link submitter should be shot in the right teste, a few years back and miss AL's Beef on Ohio, Luke's Hot Dogs in Palatine for their cheese fries (hoo-boy, a gut bomb if there ever was one), Lou's or Gino's East or even Uno's for pizza and Garrett's for their popcorn. Yum....

Now I'm homesick.
 
2004-06-29 10:46:36 AM  
putita_caliente

~40% of Chicago's population are black
26% Hispanic


Hmmmm.... so only black people eat hot dogs. Interesting. Somehow, I must use this information for my own diabolical purposes.
 
2004-06-29 10:47:13 AM  
119 dollars for a meal cooked by five mexicans back in
the kitchen.
 
2004-06-29 10:48:42 AM  
Now to start a fight among the Chicagoans.

What's the best pace for ribs? How about for steak?

/ducks as the sauce flies
 
2004-06-29 10:48:44 AM  
The hot dog (Meat) "industry" has an "allowed amount" of insect parts, rodent droppings, and rat hairs that can be found in the meaty delight. My understanding is that, if a certain lot doesn't contain that amount, it will be added.

Num num.

If you're going for store-bought dogs, Hebrew Nationals are delicious. Much better than Ball Park.
 
2004-06-29 10:50:16 AM  
Has nobody mentioned pirogis?
 
2004-06-29 10:50:27 AM  
PS. Goose Island is my all time favorite BEER
 
2004-06-29 10:51:24 AM  
2004-06-29 10:37:40 AM Otis2222222

Someone explain something to me. Why is it that every damn city in the United States has some sort of arrogant belief that the best food in the country can be had there? This is ludicrous! It always degenerates into a pretentious argument about who can find the most esoteric restauraunt in their hometown that no one else knows about so they can feel superior that "Place X is Soooooo much better than Place Y since only losers think Place X is the best place to eat."

*%*%*%*%

You want good food, come to New Orleans. No pretentions. Just shut up & eat.

Crawfish season is almost over.

*whimper*
 
2004-06-29 10:53:02 AM  
Otis2222222
Someone explain something to me. Why is it that every damn city in the United States has some sort of arrogant belief that the best food in the country can be had there? This is ludicrous! It always degenerates into a pretentious argument about who can find the most esoteric restauraunt in their hometown that no one else knows about so they can feel superior that "Place X is Soooooo much better than Place Y since only losers think Place X is the best place to eat."

Comfort food. I go back to visit Chicago and it makes me feel at home again. Chicago is known for it's beef and deep dish pizza. If you don't live or have never lived in a place that has a claim to this kind of thing then I guess you wouldn't understand. I moved out of Chicago for a reason... as a whole, I think it's a terrible place to live. But I've never found a better place to eat.
 
2004-06-29 10:53:05 AM  
Ribs. Portillos has good ribs but over priced but he best ribs are Billy Boys
 
2004-06-29 10:57:19 AM  
Oh. How can I forget Russels
 
2004-06-29 10:57:31 AM  
Zagat's ratings are for the masses, not the people who actually understand what constitutes good food. In some cities, some rank the Olive Garden as best Italian.
 
2004-06-29 11:00:31 AM  
mmmmmm......Harold's Chicken Shack.
 
2004-06-29 11:01:03 AM  
The only thing I am gonna say is, if over 3 million people go to Chicago every year SOLELY for the food (Taste of Chicago), they must be doing something right. Not saying it has the best food, wouldn't know until I have eaten in other places, but something must be good about it.
 
IMD
2004-06-29 11:03:56 AM  
Fontonos on Wells and Van Burren for subs,
Peppers also on Van Burren east of Wells for burgers.

Best food eva.
 
2004-06-29 11:04:07 AM  
Pizza: Uno's
Burritos: El Famous Burrito
Hot dogs: Portillos
Steal: Chop House
 
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