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Cheap Ethnic Dining in Chicago

01 Mar

Chicago is the diverse dining capital of the U.S., so many ethnicities, so many inexpensive & delicious restaurants….

Cafe Iberico

Spanish dining is too much fun.  At Cafe Iberico, the tapas is cost-efficient, delicious, and always fresh.  Tapas is defined as: are a wide variety of appetizers, or dishes, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried mushrooms, steak, tilapia, or squid). In select bars in Spain, as well as some parts of North America and the United Kingdom, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine.  Also, the sangria (sweet Spanish wine) is a delectable drink, sold by the pitcher or glass.  Average $ per person: $15.


Modern European. America meets Poland’s culinary field in Chicago’s hippest hood.  Lokal is a blend of both American & European cuisine; our Assistant Manager, Jason, highly recommends the pork belly.  They also offer quite the extensive bottomless brunch menu offered Saturdays & Sundays 9am-3:30pm.  Travel to Wicker Park/Bucktown to check this one out.  Average per person: $15-18.

Joy's Noodles & Rice

Thai food places are a dime a dozen in Chicago.  I like to think it takes a lot to stand out with some of the best Thai-thentic dishes, and Joy’s Noodles does just that. Joy’s savory staple appetizers like crab rangoon, spring rolls, and egg rolls compliment some of the best curries, drunken noodles, pad see ewe, basil rice we’ve come across.  In addition, this place is BYOB, large & comfortable, and open till 11pm in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.  Average $ per person: $10.

Del Seoul

We’ve praised this place before, and we’re doing it again.  Del Seoul defines cheap ethnic cuisine with tons of flavor.  A menu that boasts kimchi, tacos, sandwiches, soups, and platters all come fused with their trademark Korean flare.  Their sesame shrimp tacos are incredible, the BBQ pork sandwich can’t be beat, and their kimchi fries are an original force to be reckoned with.  Modeled after a Korean Street BBQ, check this place out only a 10 minute walk from our front door.  Average price per person: $8.

Hema's Kitchen

About a 5 minute walk from our front door, Hema’s Kitchen serves up the best Indian fare in Chicago.  Whether its the samosas (meat or veggie baked with a crispy outer crust), homeade Naan bread (standard Indian pita-like bread for dipping), outstanding tandori chicken, or above average wait staff.  This place proves to be a unique, flavorful, and authentic dining experience.  Average price per person: $16.

Merla’s Kitchen

Merla’s Kitchen,a northside gem serving filipino cuisine for cheap.  So popular, Sundays are by appointment only.   The food is perfect, particularly the stir fry veggies, chicken adobo, and empanadas (we highly recommend both the soy and beef varieties, not as fond of the ham).  Check this place out for only around $8 per person!

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