Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Lunch in the Loop: All the Bao from Wow Bao

[Photographs: Dennis Lee]

Editor's Note: Whether you're a tourist or an office worker in downtown Chicago, you can get sick of eating at chain restaurants all day. So we've started a series to get you the lowdown on where to find a great and affordable lunch.

For this week's edition of Lunch in the Loop, I thought I'd change things up just a bit. Wow Bao, which is owned by Lettuce Entertain You, is an office staple of ours, because it's quick, easy, and portable. We can't be the only ones in the Loop to feel that way. There are now three locations in the area, which doesn't include the one in River North and the Bao Mobile.

The signage just above the door says just three words: "Hot Asian Buns," (which, coincidentally, is my secret nickname for myself), and those three words are all you need to know. Bao are little steamed buns, typically made with a spongy and puffy wheat and yeast dough and are usually filled with meat or vegetables.

Wow Bao features eight types, including two dessert bao, and each costs $1.59. Though a few of them makes a convenient snack or lunch, it've always wanted to try all of them in one go.

Check out the slideshow to see all of them. And then let us know which one you like the best.

Wow Bao

175 W. Jackson Chicago, IL 60604 (map)

About the author: After a failed attempt at starqting a chain of theme restaurants called "Smellen Keller," Dennis Lee traveled the world to discover his true passion. Sadly, midwifery didn't pan out. Now he works in a cubicle, and screws around as much as possible. Follow his shenanigans on Twitter.


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