Casual Eats In Chicago: Best Laid-Back Restaurants

Casual Eats In Chicago: Best Laid-Back Restaurants

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Forget the fuss of a fancy dinner - sometimes it's better to keep it casual. Here are the best trendy and casual Chicago restaurants, perfect for a relaxed meal.

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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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    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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    Get the Garlic Fries: Skin-on and fried, they get that rich hue of brown, rendering them crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside, tossed in a perfect amount of fresh minced garlic. -- Serious Eats via Foursquare
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    Barbecue is no joke in Chicago! Smoque BBQ, with its righteous Texas-style barbecue fits in deliciously well. Don't forget to check out the 14-hour smoked BBQ at Cellular Field as well. - Inspector -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    Make sure to preorder your pizza while you're waiting for a seat instead of waiting until you sit down. Saves tons of time. -- Andrew Hall via Foursquare
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    At The Boiler Room you’ll be able to peruse eco-friendly décor fashioned from reclaimed materials & craftily decorated by Alter Ego designers while enjoying $2 pizza slices & select beers. -- AskMen 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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    The crispy pies hold a lot of weight, so after you choose your pizza style—red, white or New Haven plain—start picking toppings. (If you’re really going New Haven–style, try one with clams and bacon.) -- Time Out Chicago via Foursquare
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    For something on the lighter side, try the fresh salmon "burger" at DMK Burger Bar. It's made with fresh ginger and scallions, topped with an Asian slaw tossed with a red Thai curry sauce. -- Food Network 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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    Serving all three meals, the café reaches its culinary climax with dinner entrées, but if you want to hunker down for the day, start with the breakfast brioche French toast, and keep on eating. -- Epicurious 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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