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    Post #1 - April 18th, 2012, 7:36 am
    Post #1 - April 18th, 2012, 7:36 am Post #1 - April 18th, 2012, 7:36 am
    I have a colleague who is meeting his mom for lunch today, April 18. She has a 3 hour layover at Midway. Can anyone quickly post some recommendations close to that area?

    Thanks
  • Post #2 - April 18th, 2012, 7:44 am
    Post #2 - April 18th, 2012, 7:44 am Post #2 - April 18th, 2012, 7:44 am
    You're five minutes from - http://www.szalasrestaurant.com/
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #3 - April 18th, 2012, 7:54 am
    Post #3 - April 18th, 2012, 7:54 am Post #3 - April 18th, 2012, 7:54 am
    Birrieria Zaragoza (4852 S Pulaski, Mexican), Mabenka (7844 S Cicero, Lithuanian), Grand Dukes (6312 S Harlem, Lithuanian), Zacatacos (5925 S Pulaski, Mexican), Illinois Bar & Grill (4135 W 47th, burgers).
  • Post #4 - April 18th, 2012, 7:59 am
    Post #4 - April 18th, 2012, 7:59 am Post #4 - April 18th, 2012, 7:59 am
    Thanks! I also found Chuck's Southern Comfort Food, which is fairly close.

    This is one of the reasons I love this forum.

    What a great community!
  • Post #5 - April 18th, 2012, 8:40 am
    Post #5 - April 18th, 2012, 8:40 am Post #5 - April 18th, 2012, 8:40 am
    With three hours, if they want some Middle Eastern, they'll have plenty of time to hit any of the joints on south Harlem like Al Bawhadi.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #6 - April 18th, 2012, 9:53 am
    Post #6 - April 18th, 2012, 9:53 am Post #6 - April 18th, 2012, 9:53 am
    Every place I would have mentioned has been mentioned, except for Vito & Nick's. Last time I had folks through Midway, we went to Chuck's and they loved it. For me, Chuck's is always a safe choice, with a good variety of food to please a range of palates. Without any more information about their tastes, I'd go for Chuck's.
  • Post #7 - April 19th, 2012, 6:42 pm
    Post #7 - April 19th, 2012, 6:42 pm Post #7 - April 19th, 2012, 6:42 pm
    I have actually have to trek to Midway myself tomorrow to pick up some family coming into town. My husband's cousin is dying for some pizza and Italian beef and I was thinking Vito and Nick's for the pizza but that is going too far south and out of our way so my husband may not want to make the trek (we also may not have time). Any place closer with good pizza and Italian beef or even heading up a bit further north of midway?
  • Post #8 - April 19th, 2012, 8:10 pm
    Post #8 - April 19th, 2012, 8:10 pm Post #8 - April 19th, 2012, 8:10 pm
    Is - http://www.italiansuperiorbakery.com/ - too far north for your pizza option?
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #9 - April 19th, 2012, 9:19 pm
    Post #9 - April 19th, 2012, 9:19 pm Post #9 - April 19th, 2012, 9:19 pm
    KajmacJohnson wrote:I have actually have to trek to Midway myself tomorrow to pick up some family coming into town. My husband's cousin is dying for some pizza and Italian beef and I was thinking Vito and Nick's for the pizza but that is going too far south and out of our way so my husband may not want to make the trek (we also may not have time). Any place closer with good pizza and Italian beef or even heading up a bit further north of midway?


    Which direction are you roughly coming from? You might want to consider Freddy's or Villa Nova However, whether this is convenient is going to depend on where you're coming from.

    You've also got Home Run Inn, which is not necessarily my favorite of pizzas, but it does have a unique buttery crust that appeals to a lot of people. It's also a good place to sit down and have a drink or two while you wait.

    Danny's Pizza right along Archer, not far from Midway isn't too shabby, either. Danny's pizza is a bit thicker and heavier on the cheese than I normally like my thin crust Chicago pizzas, but its got plenty of its adherents. I've never tried their thicker styles.

    Also along Archer, Obbie's is my favorite of the pizza places for thin crust, but may be too far in the wrong direction for you.

    As for the beefs at these places, I honestly can't speak to their quality.

    Also, are you looking for a place that you can sit and eat and have a beer or something stronger, or are you just looking for take-away?

    Frozen Italian Lemonade and Gelato
    Imported and Domestic Food
    1600 South 61st Avenue
    Cicero, Illinois 60804

    Villa Nova
    6821 Pershing Rd
    Stickney, IL 60402

    Home Run Inn
    4254 W 31st St
    Chicago, IL 60623

    Danny's Pizza Place
    6021 S Archer Ave
    Chicago IL 60638

    Obbie's Pizza
    6654 W Archer Ave
    Chicago IL 60638
  • Post #10 - April 19th, 2012, 9:54 pm
    Post #10 - April 19th, 2012, 9:54 pm Post #10 - April 19th, 2012, 9:54 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Is - http://www.italiansuperiorbakery.com/ - too far north for your pizza option?


    A little too far north, Dave. But I will keep this in mind for some otehr time. Thanks.

    Binko wrote:
    KajmacJohnson wrote:I have actually have to trek to Midway myself tomorrow to pick up some family coming into town. My husband's cousin is dying for some pizza and Italian beef and I was thinking Vito and Nick's for the pizza but that is going too far south and out of our way so my husband may not want to make the trek (we also may not have time). Any place closer with good pizza and Italian beef or even heading up a bit further north of midway?


    Which direction are you roughly coming from? You might want to consider Freddy's or Villa Nova However, whether this is convenient is going to depend on where you're coming from.

    You've also got Home Run Inn, which is not necessarily my favorite of pizzas, but it does have a unique buttery crust that appeals to a lot of people. It's also a good place to sit down and have a drink or two while you wait.

    Danny's Pizza right along Archer, not far from Midway isn't too shabby, either. Danny's pizza is a bit thicker and heavier on the cheese than I normally like my thin crust Chicago pizzas, but its got plenty of its adherents. I've never tried their thicker styles.

    Also along Archer, Obbie's is my favorite of the pizza places for thin crust, but may be too far in the wrong direction for you.

    As for the beefs at these places, I honestly can't speak to their quality.

    Also, are you looking for a place that you can sit and eat and have a beer or something stronger, or are you just looking for take-away?

    Frozen Italian Lemonade and Gelato
    Imported and Domestic Food
    1600 South 61st Avenue
    Cicero, Illinois 60804

    Villa Nova
    6821 Pershing Rd
    Stickney, IL 60402

    Home Run Inn
    4254 W 31st St
    Chicago, IL 60623

    Danny's Pizza Place
    6021 S Archer Ave
    Chicago IL 60638

    Obbie's Pizza
    6654 W Archer Ave
    Chicago IL 60638


    Binko, we're coming from the Logan Square area but I am not sure where we will go once we pick up our guest (who isn't staying with us), possibly back to our abode or somewhere on the northwest side (Diversey/Cicero). I was thinking of Villa Nova but that might be too far west. I don't think it matters whether we need a sit down place or take out as my husband's cousin is dying for pretty much any form of his Italian beef/pizza experience as long as he gets it. I was thinking about Ricobenes on Pulaski but my husband was not crazy about them last time I took him when I picked him up after a trip at Midway last year. Thank you so much for these options. We will see where we end up.
  • Post #11 - April 20th, 2012, 10:20 am
    Post #11 - April 20th, 2012, 10:20 am Post #11 - April 20th, 2012, 10:20 am
    To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Ricobene's, either. I live about 5 blocks from there and have not visited it in close to 20 years. But it's been around for about that long and is still around, so it must have its fans.

    I'll give you one more then. If you have a big appetite and are in the mood for stuffed pizza a la Giordano's that is not Giordano's, Positanos is the place for you, and it's about a half mile east of Midway on 55th:

    Positanos Pizza
    4312 W 55th St
    Chicago, IL 60632
    http://www.positanospizza.com/

    (Don't let the stock photos on the website fool you. This is not a brick-oven place.)

    I have not tried their thin crust, but their stuffed is excellent. It's heavy on the cheese with an assertive sauce. I usually like more minimalist styles of pizza that are thin with a sparsity of ingredients, but when the urge strikes me for good stuffed pizza in the neighborhood, this is the place for it.
  • Post #12 - April 26th, 2012, 5:14 pm
    Post #12 - April 26th, 2012, 5:14 pm Post #12 - April 26th, 2012, 5:14 pm
    Binko wrote:To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Ricobene's, either. I live about 5 blocks from there and have not visited it in close to 20 years. But it's been around for about that long and is still around, so it must have its fans.


    I have a friend who works in that area where the Pulaski location is and she and I went there a few times last summer. I thought it was pretty solid. Mind you, I have not exactly been rushing to go back but I have certainly had much, much worse. The pizza was good to me (my husband wasn't a fan of it) and we both really enjoyed their Italian ice. Indeed, they must be doing something right.

    Binko wrote:I'll give you one more then. If you have a big appetite and are in the mood for stuffed pizza a la Giordano's that is not Giordano's, Positanos is the place for you, and it's about a half mile east of Midway on 55th:

    Positanos Pizza
    4312 W 55th St
    Chicago, IL 60632
    http://www.positanospizza.com/

    (Don't let the stock photos on the website fool you. This is not a brick-oven place.)

    I have not tried their thin crust, but their stuffed is excellent. It's heavy on the cheese with an assertive sauce. I usually like more minimalist styles of pizza that are thin with a sparsity of ingredients, but when the urge strikes me for good stuffed pizza in the neighborhood, this is the place for it.


    Thanks again for the suggestions. I will keep these in mind for future endeavors. We didn't end up at any place near Midway last week because I had a family emergency to tend to so the boys ended up eating pizza at Mama Luna's on Fullerton.
  • Post #13 - April 27th, 2012, 7:52 am
    Post #13 - April 27th, 2012, 7:52 am Post #13 - April 27th, 2012, 7:52 am
    For future reference, there is also the hot-foods buffet at Bobak's.

    Bobak's Sausage Co.
    5275 S. Archer Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60632
    http://www.bobak.com/?co=store

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