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Lunch in the Loop: Try the Tot-zza Myza at Toppers Pizza

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 6 comments

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... More

Lunch in the Loop: Devil Dawgs South Loop is Kick Ass

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 9 comments

Ever since I've started Lunch in the Loop, I've been moaning about not being able to find a good hot dog stand downtown. Most are imitators and flops, restaurants that seem like caricatures of real hot dog stands. But one day, as I moseyed down the street, looking for a new spot, I came across Devil Dawgs on State Street, and inside the deep and dark crevasses of my broken and black (hungry) heart, I felt hope. More

Rock the Footlong Hot Dog at Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 2 comments

Since Chuck's is on Michigan Avenue, tourist central, I thought a $14 hot dog was going to be a fancy interpretation, especially with that price. Turns out I was wrong. This footlong Vienna Beef hot dog is the real deal. More

Lunch in the Loop: Devouring the Hot Dog Salad at Rudy's Bar & Grille

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 15 comments

As someone who's been lurching through the Loop trying to find surprises and things for you to enjoy, Rudy's has shown me that, even when all of your hope is nearly gone, the impossible can be achieved. That's all thanks to the Chicago char-grilled salad topped with a hot dog. More

Lunch in the Loop: Pat's Pizza in the South Loop

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 7 comments

My quest to find good pizza in the Loop has been kind of frustrating. Pizza should be a pretty great lunch food. But a lot of places in the Loop that struggle with the basics. Is Pat's Pizza on South Clark the place I'm looking for? More

Lunch in the Loop: Perry's Deli

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 12 comments

When in Rome, you must order triple decker sandwiches. That's the saying, right? Do they even serve triple decker sandwiches in Rome? I'm confused. Well, that is what you should do when you visit Perry's. More

Lunch in the Loop: Harold's Chicken Shack

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 8 comments

We all occasionally need a bit of fried chicken to get through the day. And you can find a ton of it at Harold's Chicken Shack, one of many locations in Chicago, in the southern part of the Loop. More

Lunch in the Loop: Ramen and Skewers at Ajida

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 5 comments

While the onslaught of new ramen restaurants seems to have died down a bit lately, Ajida opened up quietly on Wells just over a month ago. I'm used to ramen stands being a little beat up and homey looking, but that's probably just the Asian romantic in me. Mostly because I am, in fact, Asian. More

Lunch in the Loop: More Than Just Sandwiches at Bánh Mì & Co.

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 5 comments

The Loop location is decorated like an amped up version of a Hollister store, with a kitschy beach shack feel to it. You have to see it to believe it—no, seriously, step in. It's kind of awesome. More

Lunch in the Loop: Rock the Naanwiches at Naansense

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 9 comments

If you're in the neighborhood, you should definitely swing by Naansense to catch one of the chicken or lamb naanwiches. They might make a naanbeliever out of you. See what I did there? No, I'm not proud of myself. More

Lunch in the Loop: Get Your Next Salad at the Farmer's Fridge Vending Machine

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 9 comments

So, I basically found the greatest thing ever. It is a shining beacon in the depressing darkness of a food court, beaming brightly at my pale winter-stricken face. I mean, seriously. Behold the glory of the Farmer's Fridge! More

Lunch in the Loop: Searching for Korean Food at K-Kitchen

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 5 comments

As I passed by the food court near Clark & Lake again, I noticed a new bright green awning advertising a place called K-Kitchen, selling Korean food. "This is the food of my people!" I thought. "If I don't go in, I'll bring shame upon myself for not supporting my heritage." So I stepped in and I was suddenly reminded about why I never go in. More

Lunch in the Loop: Lost in Translation at Spanglish

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 4 comments

To be honest, the menu isn't that much different from La Cocina, but its interior does look different, with a sleeker urban feel to it. So you'll see burritos, tortas, enchiladas, that sort of thing on the menu. More

Lunch in the Loop: It's Turkey Burger Time at Epic Burger

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 8 comments

Overall, I see Epic Burger as a place that offers a higher quality fast-food burger. The food tastes like it's just trying not to offend anyone, which isn't bad, but then you're just eating for the sake of living, right? But that turkey burger, that's the one you want. More

Lunch in the Loop: Enjoy Some Blunch at Yolk

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 6 comments

Brunch is always served on the weekends, which makes me wonder—what do you call breakfast for lunch during the week? I vote we call it "blunch." Blunch still gets the point across, and at the same time, it isn't brunch. Let's make this happen. Blunch. More

Lunch in the Loop: Unintentionally Funny Food at Lloyd's

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 8 comments

Lloyd's is nice, with white tablecloths and waitstaff. Fancy food for a fancy person. That's me! I'm as fancy as a can of Spam. More

Top 10 Most Popular Lunch in the Loop Posts of 2013

Lunch in the Loop The Serious Eats Chicago Team 2 comments

There are no shortage of places to eat in The Loop, but finding a great meal is surprisingly harder than you'd think. Every single one of those salad restaurants can't be good. Fortunately, for the past two years Dennis has been reporting back on all the great finds and places to avoid at all costs while downtown. More

Lunch in the Loop: Cheap Rewards at Mr. Submarine

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 4 comments

Mr. Submarine specializes in avant-garde one-bite lunches featuring exotic game meats. Naw, I'm just messing with you. They serve sub sandwiches. But not just any sub sandwiches, they serve really, really, cheap sub sandwiches. More

It's Okay to be a California Hater at Goodwin's

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 4 comments

Is it just me, or do a lot of restaurants that advertise healthy meals always reference California in some way? I mean, I get it, a lot of you are healthy, sun-kissed, and attractive, so your food probably has at least a little to do with it. And the avocado thing. There's a lot of avocados in California, but does every sandwich with an avocado in it belong to the state of California? More

Lunch in the Loop: Stick to the Nigiri at Sushi Sai

Lunch in the Loop Dennis Lee 7 comments

Sushi Sai doesn't have a street-facing sign, which makes it a little more secretive-looking. But once I stepped in, it turned out to be a typical sushi lunch bar, serving mostly sushi items and a few hot dishes. More

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