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(Some Chi-Town Bound Guy)   Subby going to Chicago for the first time. You say your food is the best. Where should I go for Pizza and Dogs?   (choosechicago.com) divider line 80
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2013-04-06 11:30:20 PM
Italian Beef sandwich - Portillo's

A True Chiago Dog - I prefer the street venders in the loop.  Portillo's dogs are pretty good too.

Pizza - Lou's is great for deep dish.  There is also Orillios (sp), nice medium thick, crispy crust and great sauce.

Burgers - The Billy Goat Tavern

Greek food - Dianah's Kitchen (not sure if it is still around)

Italian - too many, ask a local where you are staying.  They'll know the best of the best for a good price.
 
2013-04-06 11:42:10 PM

jaytkay: Pokey.Clyde: namatad: Taco Joint

Now that's too damn funny. You really think you're going to find good Mexican food in Chicago?

In a city with roughly 1 millions Latinos, yes.


California laughs at your Mexican food
 
2013-04-07 12:07:32 AM
According to the pizza cognition theory, your first pizza is the one you want.  This place in Chicago used to be a regional-chain, and that was my first (well, one of two that I remember strongly).  I remember a 12" pan almost 3" deep filled with crunchy dough, pizza toppings, and the sauce had very large hunks of tomato topped with a bunch of cheese.  Served hot and steaming, and yes you need a knife and fork.  I wonder if they still make it like that.  I had it at a franchise in Minneapolis.

LINK:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-pie-pizzeria-chicago-2
 
2013-04-07 01:08:03 AM

The_Philosopher_King: Subby here. Thanks for the suggestions.

I will be in town for a training seminar. I will be out by O'Hare. I won't have time for much sightseeing and such. But I am staying an extra night so I will have 2 days to do some fun stuff. I hope to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium. Maybe Buddy Guy's too. But I have nothing set in stone.

I figured I would try a dog and a deep dish. I didn't know there was a thin crust / deep dish divide. I have enjoyed both. I will be there a week so I hope to try a couple of the other suggestions as well.

I'll admit that I doubt I will wait in line for over an hour. Is it always that bad? Or just around meal times?

Someone I know said I should seek out Superdawgs. Any thoughts?



Superdawg is a fine choice, but given that you're near O'Hare I'd say go to Gene & Jude's on River Road. Old school. Quality. Easy trip from just about anywhere near O'Hare.

You really should get an Italian beef while in town as well. Johnnie's in Elmwood Park is my favorite and not a bad drive. Or you could maybe do Al's on Taylor when you do the museum campus stuff.

Now that I no longer live in Chicago, I find Pequod's is one of my most typical pizza stops when back in town. Great pan pizza.

Paradise Pup on River Road is a great stop for a hamburger if you have some time free for lunch in the O'Hare area. 3-layer fries are good, and they do nice shakes as well - especially the chocolate banana shake.
 
2013-04-07 01:36:29 AM
superdawg!!

http://www.superdawg.com/

kitschy, classic, and completely awesome. screw hot dougs and their fancypants dogs.
 
2013-04-07 02:14:13 AM

downstairs: do not forget to get yourself an italian beef sammich


This. As far as I can tell, the Italian beef is the most regional thing Chicago has going for it. You can find 'Chicago' style pizza, hotdogs, or whatever elsewhere, but few places outside of that area serve Italian beef.

Good stuff. I love the bread being dipped.

Also, really hard to make at home, compared to a Chicago hotdog, for example.
 
2013-04-07 07:22:44 AM

Sid_6.7: downstairs: do not forget to get yourself an italian beef sammich

This. As far as I can tell, the Italian beef is the most regional thing Chicago has going for it. You can find 'Chicago' style pizza, hotdogs, or whatever elsewhere, but few places outside of that area serve Italian beef.

Good stuff. I love the bread being dipped.

Also, really hard to make at home, compared to a Chicago hotdog, for example.


You ever try a broccoli rabe?
 
2013-04-07 08:53:54 AM

Fark It: no ketchup


Came to say this.

I don't eat ketchup on my hot dogs, and later learned that that is apparently an integral part of "Chicago style."

I would recommend no ketchup on the dog unless you want to offend.
 
2013-04-07 09:00:03 AM

andrewagill: Fark It: no ketchup

Came to say this.

I don't eat ketchup on my hot dogs, and later learned that that is apparently an integral part of "Chicago style."

I would recommend no ketchup on the dog unless you want to offend.


Apparently, the Superdawg site actually talks about this:

http://www.superdawg.com/faqs.cfm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgbgfJs8dwQ

/It may still be permissible to put ketchup on your pizza.  I'm not well-versed in this.
 
2013-04-07 09:18:03 AM
Excellent, thanks all.

I most certainly will get an Italian beef. It does sound good. Although I don't know much about giardiniera that goes with it. I admit that I am not a big vinegar/pickled pepper fan. But I'll try anything once, and things I like I'll try em twice.

I will also check out a Brew Pub. That Revolution Brewing looks like easy access for me.
 
2013-04-07 10:58:14 AM

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Even Little Caesars and a supermarket tubesteak beat Chicago pizza/dog? Too bad New Yorkers have to build themselves up when they tear you down, because this was classic.
 
2013-04-07 10:58:41 AM
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2013-04-07 11:44:39 AM
I definitely have to second the Pequod's suggestion. Not much else to do in the neighborhood, but worth the cab ride.
 
2013-04-07 12:18:45 PM

The_Philosopher_King: Excellent, thanks all.

I most certainly will get an Italian beef. It does sound good. Although I don't know much about giardiniera that goes with it. I admit that I am not a big vinegar/pickled pepper fan. But I'll try anything once, and things I like I'll try em twice.

I will also check out a Brew Pub. That Revolution Brewing looks like easy access for me.


I'm not an expert, but you should be safe if you go with "sweet" for your choice on the pepper. When I've gotten it, it seemed to be just a few strips of green pepper. Not offensive at all.

And be prepared to eat a messy sandwich. The thing just drips, but is really damn good.
 
2013-04-07 12:41:33 PM
For a slightly different take on chicago pizza try pizza pot pie. Awesome stuff, cash only.
 
2013-04-07 02:03:41 PM

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Oh yeah, the U. of Chicago Campus

The Oriental Institute is my favorite museum.

It's from the days of archeology when Westerners could bring back whatever they could fit on a ship. If Indiana Jones had a museum, this would be it.

http://oi.uchicago.edu/

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2013-04-07 05:13:39 PM

jaytkay: BalugaJoe: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x422]

Oh yeah, the U. of Chicago Campus

The Oriental Institute is my favorite museum.

It's from the days of archeology when Westerners could bring back whatever they could fit on a ship. If Indiana Jones had a museum, this would be it.

http://oi.uchicago.edu/

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And there's the Art Institute.

Also consider, Second City and I liked O'Brien's about a block South of there on Wells.
 
2013-04-07 05:43:43 PM

dionysusaur: jaytkay: BalugaJoe: [farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x422]
Oh yeah, the U. of Chicago Campus
The Oriental Institute is my favorite museum.
It's from the days of archeology when Westerners could bring back whatever they could fit on a ship. If Indiana Jones had a museum, this would be it.
http://oi.uchicago.edu/
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And there's the Art Institute.
Also consider, Second City and I liked O'Brien's about a block South of there on Wells.


Tough call. I will have very little time for real sightseeing. Which is why hearing about 1 hour waits to eat a dog was worrisome. It is a work trip with me staying only one extra night. I won't have time during the week. I guess only a day and a half over the weekend. So I already ruled out the Art Institute. I won't have time to do it justice. (I like art museums, my profile pic was taken at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I will not rush them.)
I was thinking of Second City. I will look into it closer. Same with the Oriental Institute. I didn't know it existed. Would 2-3 hours be enough time?
 
2013-04-07 06:07:31 PM
I'm old-school (lived there through the early '80s, including the two coldest days in Chicago history), so for my taste in pizza it's Due's if I'm downtown, or Edwardo's if I'm farther north. As for dogs, if I'm up north, it's The Wiener and Still Champion, Irving Park Dogs if I'm closer to Uptown, and it used to be Gold Coast Dogs when I was chasing Lincoln Park Trixies, but I guess I need a new recommendation.
 
2013-04-07 06:09:46 PM
You could also look at Franks 'n' Dawgs if you want more unusual sausages and toppings. Not quite at the level of Hot Doug's, but still very good and without the crazy lines. Don't go to either one for a Chicago style dog. Franks 'n' Dawgs is relatively close to Second City when driving in from the O'Hare area, so it could make a nice dinner spot before a show at Second City if the timing works out (they close at 7:30 during the week, 9pm on Fri and Sat).

The Oriental Museum could be visited suitably in 2-3 hours, but there isn't much else you could do with a short amount of time in Hyde Park. The Robie House would be worth a look if you enjoy architecture. The Museum of Science and Industry is nice, but a little more kid oriented and also worthy of more time. The U of C campus is nice enough, but not something you should go out of your way to visit. There isn't any destination worthy food in that neighborhood either, so it's hard to recommend the Oriental Museum and the extra time it would take you to drive to and from Hyde Park.
 
2013-04-07 06:34:39 PM

The_Philosopher_King: I was thinking of Second City. I will look into it closer. Same with the Oriental Institute. I didn't know it existed. Would 2-3 hours be enough time?


Also s'prised to hear about the Oriental thing.  Second City, when it works, is as awesome as live Jazz can be.  When it doesn't, it's as awful as live Jazz can be.  Really dug the performances both times I've been (Toronto, Chicago) and the Chicago show was the 'B' group, which bodes well for a future trip.

When you do get to do the tourist thing, you gotta add the Shedd Aquarium, the Science & Industry Museum and Navy Pier (tourist trap, but worth a look).  Don't bother with the former Sears Tower unless it's a clear day.  The U of Chicago campus is very nice, and so is Northwestern (Winnetka).
 
2013-04-07 06:56:41 PM

The_Philosopher_King: Same with the Oriental Institute. I didn't know it existed. Would 2-3 hours be enough time?


1) Hyde Park museums
The Oriental institute is small. One hour, maybe two. It's near the Museum of Science and Industry. which is huge.
I would drive there

2) The Loop and nearby museum campus
The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium are all packed together. The Art Institute is near
The Field and Art Institute are huge.
The planetarium and aquarium are much smaller.
Maybe a good plan is to pick two.
I don't drive in the Loop. Take the train downtown. Walk to the Art Institute. Take a cab to the Field/Adler/Shedd.
Or if you like walking, it's about 30 minutes (1.5 miles) from the Art Institute to the museum campus and it's all park and lakefront.
The walk alone is a worthwhile event if the weather is nice.
 
2013-04-07 07:17:44 PM
Oh, and another plug for the Oriental Institute. I really recommend it because even my local friends don't know about it. Everybody knows the Art Institute and Field, etc.

 oi.uchicago.edu

The Persian bull is approx. 2500 years old.

Also, if you take the Blue Line train, jump off at Damen for coffee or a meal. It's hipster central, Wicker Park. Maybe get Thai at Penny's a taco & shot at Big Star, both are next to the El station.

Feel free to ask any questions here (or email EIP). I love my city and love to encourage visitors.
 
2013-04-07 07:48:27 PM
Wiener Circle.  I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33zPlnhymCU
 
2013-04-08 07:30:31 AM

The_Philosopher_King: Subby here. Thanks for the suggestions.

I will be in town for a training seminar. I will be out by O'Hare. I won't have time for much sightseeing and such. But I am staying an extra night so I will have 2 days to do some fun stuff. I hope to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium. Maybe Buddy Guy's too. But I have nothing set in stone.

I figured I would try a dog and a deep dish. I didn't know there was a thin crust / deep dish divide. I have enjoyed both. I will be there a week so I hope to try a couple of the other suggestions as well.

I'll admit that I doubt I will wait in line for over an hour. Is it always that bad? Or just around meal times?

Someone I know said I should seek out Superdawgs. Any thoughts?


Try not to get shot
 
2013-04-08 02:47:34 PM
...and if you get tired of pizza/dogs, might I suggest Leo's at Southport and Cornelia in Wrigleyville, 1 block from the Brown line station at Southport.

Be sure to order a Vernors for your drink!
 
2013-04-08 03:36:15 PM

plc5_250: Leo's at Southport and Cornelia in Wrigleyville


Leo's is closed, it only lasted a few months. Seems there wasn't a big demand for Detroit food here.

/ Used to live within walking distance of Leo's at 15th & Telegraph
 
2013-04-08 03:55:24 PM

jaytkay: plc5_250: Leo's at Southport and Cornelia in Wrigleyville

Leo's is closed, it only lasted a few months. Seems there wasn't a big demand for Detroit food here.

/ Used to live within walking distance of Leo's at 15th & Telegraph


That sucks - When I was working in Chicago, I visited there often...

/2010
 
2013-04-08 07:13:06 PM

jaytkay:

Thanks for all the good tips, offers and advice. I will go to the OI.

plc5_250: ...and if you get tired of pizza/dogs,
Be sure to order a Vernors for your drink!


I won't have dogs/pizza every meal. I got a Polish place and a steakhouse already picked out. Also, Vernors and I are long time friends. No worries there.

SDRR:
Try not to get shot

Well I have a lot of travel experience. Including downtown Detroit. So I know a bit about personal protection. Is this a general warning or specifically for the area around Superdawgs?
 
2013-04-08 07:17:25 PM
SDRR:
Try not to get shot

Well I have a lot of travel experience. Including downtown Detroit. So I know a bit about personal protection. Is this a general warning or specifically for the area around Superdawgs?


And which location were you referring to?
 
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