Lunch in Chicago: More than Deep-Dish Pizzas and Italian Beef Sandwiches

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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Lunch in Chicago is a great way to experience the local flavor. Whether you’re looking for one of Chicago’s famous deep dish pizzas, an Italian beef sandwich or to dine at one of its many ethnic restaurants, Chicago’s dining scene offers many options.

Near the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, check out Chef Jimmy Banos’ Heaven on Seven. At first you’ll wonder if you’re in the right building since it looks more like an office building than a restaurant (which is true, it is an office building). Take the elevators up to the seventh floor where Cajun and creole scents greet you as soon as you walk in the door.

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    The deep dish pizzas are baked in cast iron pans and the overflowing cheese emerges from the oven as a halo of caramelized crust.

    Local Expert Tip: "Consider the lunch deal which is very affordable. Also, save time and call ahead so you don't have to wait almost an hour it takes to cook the pizza."

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    Heaven on Seven

    More than just great Cajun and Creole dishes this north of Louisiana, it's also a dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Just for fun, try a super hot sauce. And be sure to capture the moment with video!"

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    Twisted Spoke

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: West Side

    Twisted Spoke has more than 400 whiskeys to enjoy and Bloody Marys that are practically meals in and of themselves.

    Local Expert Tip: "Customize your FatBoy"

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    Emilio's Tapas Sol y Nieve

    Enjoy an array of hot and cold tapas first, then take a stroll down the Chicago River which is just a block away.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the bacon wrapped dates - the sauce is amazing."

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    Solid food, attentive service, and a more upscale atmosphere than most Mediterranean restaurants, you...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The best value is their large lunch buffet."

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    Berghoff Restaurant

    Berghoff brews its own beer and is popular among visitors and locals alike for its extensive and authentic German fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the root beer."

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    Chicago Cut Steakhouse

    Serving the city's best "power breakfast" as well as a dynamic lunch service featuring carving stations with prime rib, ham and turkey.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the lobster mac and cheese!"

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    Al's #1

    It's THE place for an Italian beef sandwich in Chicago. Don't be fooled by the no-frills interior. The beef sandwiches are delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab plenty of napkins and lean forward when you take a bite, so the beef juice doesn't drip on our shirt."

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    During those "brisk" Chicago winters, Tuscany's wood-burned gourmet pizzas are positively heaven-sent.

    Local Expert Tip: "Not open for lunch on weekends."

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    Greek Islands

    Greek Islands offers many traditional Greek favorites like moussaka and lamb kokkinisto and has free valet parking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the saganaki."



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