If you’re visiting Chicago, the food is as much of a vacation experience as site-seeing. Sometimes you want Chicago-style deep dish or a dog, and sometimes you prefer your American classics. But we’ve covered both in earlier posts (“5 Great Family Restaurants in Chicago” and “Affordable Dining Chicago-Style“). For those visitors who are looking for quality ethnic cuisine at moderate prices near our location in downtown Chicago, feast your eyes on these! Great for either lunch or dinner dining.
Fadó Irish Pub (pronounced “f’doe”) sits at the corner of Grand and N. Clark St. When you walk in, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a pub in Ireland. But Fadó has gone to great lengths to make their menu like those in modern Ireland. You’ll be impressed when you enter but the atmosphere is decidedly relaxed. Try Fadó for a taste of the Old Country.
Café Spiaggia gets our pick for great Italian in the city. Located at the corner of Oak St. and N. Michigan Ave., the menu’s quality is outstanding! There is also a Spiaggia Restaurant if you’re interested in top-notch dining, but the price and the atmosphere will be considerably higher (i.e. men are required to wear a jacket). The Café, however, offers the same great food for much less, and you can come as you are.
Want German dining? The Berghoff is your answer. The name alone should be enough to convince you of its authentic German heritage. Founded in 1898, at 17 W. Adams St. the Berghoff offers what you’d expect: wurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and more! But if your tastes don’t always match those of the Fatherland, don’t worry! It’s German-American cuisine, so it has plenty of dishes on the menu for those unused to German tastes.
Our pick for Asian is Sunda, which blends East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. If you’re afflicted with hunger pangs for oriental food, this award-winning restaurant is sure to satisfy you. And with a wide-ranging menu, you can’t go wrong choosing to dine here.
Don’t be confused by the style of food! “Pan-Latin” encompasses Mexican food as well as other Central and South American culinary traditions. Our choice in this category is Havana near Hubbard and N. Clark, which serves “Pan-Latin and Cuban-American fusion cuisine,” as well as some acclaimed drinks. Give it a try if your tastes draw you south of the border!
Hungry for your own trip? Book a room with Best Western Plus River North Hotel for a location just blocks from these restaurants and more in downtown Chicago.