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    Post #1 - September 10th, 2021, 12:58 pm
    Post #1 - September 10th, 2021, 12:58 pm Post #1 - September 10th, 2021, 12:58 pm
    I just moved back to Chicago after years in DC (an ABOMINABLE cheap ethnic eats city).

    Ease my move back by posting your favorite ethnic dives/markets in Chicago and surrounding area. "Ethnic" meaning authentic/probably spicy and "Dives" meaning casual/cheap --- kitchen, counter, chairs, grub or a particularly inspired hot bar in a grocery?

    For complete transparency, I posted similar request in 2016 when I returned the first time and got some great advice! viewtopic.php?p=514680 -- but 5 years is a while!

    Still mourning A Bite of Szechuan on Clark, by the way!
    Last edited by HPglutster on September 10th, 2021, 2:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #2 - September 10th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    Post #2 - September 10th, 2021, 1:35 pm Post #2 - September 10th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    HPglutster wrote:I just moved back to Chicago after years in DC (an ABOMINABLE cheap ethnic eats city).

    Help my move back to me out by posting your favorite ethnic dives/markets in Chicago and surrounding area. "Ethnic" meaning authentic/probably spicy and "Dives" meaning casual/cheap --- kitchen, counter, chairs, grub or a particularly inspired hot bar in a grocery?

    For complete transparency, I posted similar request in 2016 when I returned the first time and got some great advice! viewtopic.php?p=514680 -- but 5 years is a while!

    Still mourning A Bite of Szechuan on Clark, by the way!


    Any specific types of cuisines or just anything? I think Chicago is a good cheap or relatively cheap ethnic eats city. I mean I could drop you off in Little Village, Brighton Park, Gage Park, etc and just say "have at it with the Mexican food here" for example.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #3 - September 10th, 2021, 2:03 pm
    Post #3 - September 10th, 2021, 2:03 pm Post #3 - September 10th, 2021, 2:03 pm
    Indian/Pakistani/Vietnamese/Thai/Mexican/Korean/Arab/Chinese/Malaysian -- basically Asia south of Russia plus Mexico!
  • Post #4 - September 10th, 2021, 3:07 pm
    Post #4 - September 10th, 2021, 3:07 pm Post #4 - September 10th, 2021, 3:07 pm
    I'll post them as I think of them but top of rotation Carniceria Guanajuato #3 on California. Their taqueria is excellent. I especially love tacos with carne asada, al pastor and chile rellenos. And their burritos are lovely, too.

    I'll also like Jason BBQ which operates a small kiosk inside the small but mighty Richwell Market on Dempster in Morton Grove. Nicely-lacquered, usually-moist pork, ribs, chicken, duck, etc.

    =R=

    Carniceria Guanajuato #3
    3140 N California Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 267-7739

    Jason BBQ / Richwell Market
    6120 Dempster St
    Morton Grove, IL 60053
    (847) 663-5000
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #5 - September 10th, 2021, 3:32 pm
    Post #5 - September 10th, 2021, 3:32 pm Post #5 - September 10th, 2021, 3:32 pm
    I'm not 100% sure if this counts but there's a massive new-ish Chinese grocery store in town with a food court. Different vendors

    88 Marketplace
    2105 S Jefferson St

    Can't ever mention this without mentioning the Korean market Joong Boo with their little food place at 3333 N Kimball



    I've never had it but there's a Bodega in Wicker Park that serves up mostly pho but some other Vietnamese food.

    Phodega
    1547 N Ashland Ave


    Also there is a newer Thai market in Edgewater with a hot food bar

    Talard Thai Asian Market
    5353 N Broadway

    Also there is an H Mart downtown now at 711 W Jacksom Blvd with various vendors.


    If you go to the SW side especially (and other areas like Logan Square) there's a bunch of Mexican markets with food. It's not technically in the market but I also like La Casa del Pubelo Taqueria at 1834 S Blue Island in Pilsen.



    This calls for me making a map...
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #6 - September 11th, 2021, 5:05 am
    Post #6 - September 11th, 2021, 5:05 am Post #6 - September 11th, 2021, 5:05 am
    I think people read the OP as places that are ethnic markets that also serve food. I read it as a request for great ethnic dives and great ethnic markets.

    Some newer ethnic places I've been enjoying:
    Taiwanese at Taipei Cafe - 2609 S Halsted St
    Turkish at Antepli Turkish Gourmet - 4849 N Kedzie Ave
    Dim Sum/Cantonese at D Cuisine - 2723 N Clark St
    Indian at Mild2Spicy - 714 W Diversey Pkwy

    Ethnic Markets currently in our rotation:
    Middle Eastern at Sanabel - 4213 N Kedzie Ave
    Chinese at Park to Shop - 4879 N Broadway Ave
    Korean at Joong Boo - 3333 N Kimball Ave
  • Post #7 - September 11th, 2021, 11:06 am
    Post #7 - September 11th, 2021, 11:06 am Post #7 - September 11th, 2021, 11:06 am
    Next to Antepli Turkish Gourmet in the same strip center is Sahar International Supermarket, which has a different from Sanabel but quite good assortment of goods including from a wider range of ethnic groups. Unlike Sanabel there is a well-stocked meat department that is a good source for lamb including offal.

    Lunch at Antepli followed by grocery shopping at Sahar is a good one-two job without moving your car.

    Sahar's web site seems to have disappeared. Neither the link from my post from 2011 in the Sahar Meat Market II thread nor the one on Yelp as of today work.
  • Post #8 - September 21st, 2021, 9:49 pm
    Post #8 - September 21st, 2021, 9:49 pm Post #8 - September 21st, 2021, 9:49 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote: I'll post them as I think of them but top of rotation Carniceria Guanajuato #3 on California. Their taqueria is excellent. I especially love tacos with carne asada, al pastor and chile rellenos. And their burritos are lovely, too.
    Absolutely. But you may have to be cautious eating a tortas. 8)
    Valuable links for survival, without the monetization attempt: http://74.115.231.54/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #9 - September 23rd, 2021, 1:09 pm
    Post #9 - September 23rd, 2021, 1:09 pm Post #9 - September 23rd, 2021, 1:09 pm
    Be warned. The food court @ 88 mktplace is dismal. Besides here and a Panda Express between planes @ an airport in Atlanta, I can't remember the last time I didn't enjoy Chinese food.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #10 - October 1st, 2021, 3:31 am
    Post #10 - October 1st, 2021, 3:31 am Post #10 - October 1st, 2021, 3:31 am
    HPglutster wrote:Indian/Pakistani/Vietnamese/Thai/Mexican/Korean/Arab/Chinese/Malaysian -- basically Asia south of Russia plus Mexico!

    Lahore Food and Grill
    2116 W. Devon
    (773) 761-4919

    They keep cabbie's hours so don't expect to visit for lunch.

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