**CHICAGO IS BE TAKEN OVER BY SANDWICHES. DELICIOUS SANDWICHES.**
1. Jerry’s Sandwiches: 1938 W Division St, go for the decadent sandwiches, stay for live music & a solid beer list. The toppings to choose from are almost intimidating: fried green tomatoes, blackened shrimp, English cucumber to name a few. They have everything from kobe burgers to seafood sandwiches, vegetarian options to delicious mini corn dogs.
2. Del Seoul: 2568 N. Clark St, You cannot go wrong with an express Korean BBQ. Just a few minutes walk from the hostel, this Lincoln Park hot spot excels in flavor & the welcoming flare of Korean street BBQ. Although their array of tacos are nothing short of amazing. Their BBQ Pork Sandwich is a hit everytime ( lots of marinated pork, sprouts, jalapenos on a tasty roll). Check this place out with an order of their KimChi fries!
**Warm up with some food & spirits at any of these cozy Chicago taverns….
In a neighborhood to the north, lies a comfortable watering hole called Simon’s. Not only voted for the best jukebox in all of the town, during the cold season they serve delicious Glögg (traditional Swedish mulled wine with spices served warm), the wine comes in both classic red and white. Check out a local favorite in the charming neighborhood of Andersonville. 5210 N. Clark St.
Chicago has quite a few trademark foods. We are here to inform you of some delicious encased meats, try any of these outstanding options for hot dogs.
Chicago Dog House.
WHO LET THE DOGS…oh sorry, I will spare you the overused & outdated pop culture reference and instead inform you why you should eat hot dogs at Chicago Dog House. This place serves some of the best unique & traditional sausages around. Whether it’s the German Shepherd (sauerkraut & swiss) or a perfect Chicago Style (mustard, onion, sport peppers, relish, and a pickle) try this place. Also, it’s a 5 minute walk from the hostel’s front door on the way to the train station at 816 W Fullerton Ave. Try their excellent frips, a cross between a french fry & a potato chip.
The legendary blend of thick crust, melted cheese, and gourmet sauce on top is displayed as one of many reasons Chicago is famous…..we give you pizza recommendations….
One of the top contenders for Chicago pizza happens to be our staff pick for #1, Lou Malnati’s does everything right when it comes to savory pies adding their signature buttery crust that keeps competitors at bay. Better yet, we have a neighborhood location that’s less than a 10 minute walk from our front door, 958 W. Wrightwood Ave. Price for 12″ one topping: $15.60.
It’s winter, let’s warm our bellies with a comforting bowl of hot noodles from any of these places that craft housemade noodles:
Sharing is fun, mix & match big bowls of homemade noodles at Urban Belly. Whether you get the UrbanBelly Ramen ( pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, & pho broth), or the delicious Asian Egg Noodles (stir fried with eggplant, tofu, & spicy garlic chili). They also serve a fantastic dumplings & kimchi. The restaurant is small with long communal tables, so bring some friends to share some of the most delicious noodles in Chicago. 3053 N California Ave. Average Entree: $12.
Chicago knows burgers, hot dogs, pizza, but we also have some great spots that leave out the meat, here are our picks for vegetarian options…
Hip decor meets vegan deliciousness at Karyn’s on Green. Whether it’s their wonderful butternut squash soup or jerry’s pizza (paper thin crust, wild mushrooms, vegan cheese, fresh basil & garlic), this place does not disappoint. They warn that their honey is not vegan but obtained from local beekeepers…like that’s a bad thing. 130 S. Green St. in the West Loop. Average plate- $11.
Sure, drinking a few good beers is fun, but hit up one of these special spots for a masterfully made cocktail….
the violet hour.
You deserve a fancy cocktail. At the Violet Hour, a specially designed mixed drink is waiting for you, their menu consisting of just about 40 drinks, is designed to “wow” even the most pretentious cocktail connoisseur. Specialty ingredients like green chartreuse, rose water, creme de cocoa really make the drinks. Try and drop by earlier as the place does fill up. Dress formally and expect to pay around $12 per drink. 1520 N. Damen ave.
Behold, these restaurants are notorious for line waiting & awkward moments standing near doorways, BUT these establishments are also prominently known for their most excellent dishes. Leave a little early and enjoy….
Great Lake does not imply pizza, but that’s surely what they specialize in. Although it’s not massive Chicago style, it’ll be some of the most memorable, their crust is thin & airy and the pie melts in your mouth. Lines tend to be long partly due to the eaterie’s small size; the price begins around $25 but the specialty pizzas are way worth the rate. Indulge at 1477 W Balmoral Ave. BYOB.
The capital of the Midwest packs a punch when it comes to sushi, enjoy the colors as we recommend some of our favorite places for maki, sashimi, & beautiful rolls…
Let’s begin with a tasty local option in Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. A 5 minute walk from the hostel (2473 N. Clark St.) this place serves imaginative maki that leaves your taste buds begging for more. In addition, their tempura (seafood and/or vegetables in a fried batter) proves to be a warm delight on a chilly autumn evening. Enjoy with some of their signature sake (traditional Japanese warm wine made from rice). Average maki: $8.
We are in a most excellent Chicago neighborhood for dining. Whether you want a quick carry out, or a nice dining experience, try these…
Middle Eastern fast food without the enormous calorie counts or grease. Sultan’s Market is fast, fresh, & flavorful. Choose from a vast salad bar, delicious shwarma sandwiches, or plentiful dinner plates. You may want to choose carry out as seating is very limited. Just make a left out of the hostel, and a left on Clark St.