Best Cheap Eats In Chicago

Best Cheap Eats In Chicago

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Fuel up at our local-approved budget food spots in Chicago.

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    Head over Sunday nights for a $45-per-person family-style four-course dinner. -- ZAGAT via Foursquare
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    Seriously good beer is the draw, and chitchat is easy in these casual digs. Create a four-beer flight ($8) from the 24 or so draft choices. Saturday and Sunday brewery tours. -- Chicago magazine via Foursquare
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    If you can stand your big, fat gourmet burger with headbanging pulsating metal music, go get in line now. There aren't many better burgers in Chicago. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Tacos al pastor, which is spit-roasted pork cooked with pineapple and onion; a crunchy fried fish taco; and best of all, pork belly with tomato guajillo sauce, queso fresco, onion, and cilantro. -- Serious Eats via Foursquare
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    Work your way through the front bar to the back dining room for a more comfortable spot to take in the awe-inspiring international beer selection and even better food. - Inspector -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    First deep dish pie that was so flavorful and just delicious! -Tiffany Derry, Top Chef -- Bravo via Foursquare
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    Get the Cheese Fries. Yes, these are frozen and this is fast food, but that doesn't stop us. Crispy and well salted with a piping hot cup of bright yellow cheese sauce. Sometimes, that's all you need. -- Serious Eats via Foursquare
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    So many favorites: Lambrusco, pancetta wrapped dates, orecchiette, tortellini, braised pork shank, sea scallops, Tuscan sausage risotto, linguini with clams, roasted baby octopus -- Sarah Endres via Foursquare
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    Lou Malnati's sets the gold standard for deep-dish. The best of the bunch is the simple cheese and sausage pie. For anyone who doesn't want to dive into a faceful of dough, the thin-crust is fine too. -- Epicurious via Foursquare
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    The cheeseburger here may look like a simple, griddled double patty burger, but don't be fooled: this burger is what food writer Francis Lam calls "tremendous work, thin patty diner style magic." -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Features a wide selection of options available all day that will satisfy all. These reimagined diner classics include breakfast spaghetti ‘n clams 'n crab, pork belly pancake sandwich, and goat chili. -- Eater via Foursquare
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    The drunkards down Jim Cibak's Belgian-style wheat, dry-hopped pale ale and English luncheon beer, and chef Jason Petrie is slammed with orders for Parmesan-bacon-sage popcorn or beer-battered scrod. -- Time Out Chicago via Foursquare
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