Just like mom used to make, but better
The cheese is perfectly melted, the sourdough shatters, and there’s tomato soup on the side. The Classic is the sandwich to get when you really need a taste of home, but if you’re splurging, grab the Duke with Swiss cheese, ham, and your choice of mustard.
The Loop’s second food hall with gyros, sushi, and donuts
Technically a variety of restaurants, we’ll put the Loop’s two food markets under one umbrella for ease. Pick from restaurants like Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop by Jimmy Bannos Jr. (the Purple Pig), Tempesta Market (West Town’s trendy sandwich shop), and Tabo Sushi by Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi, Slurping Turtle), among others. There’s a bar in the middle of the whole thing for a quick lunch libation, and Firecakes donuts for dessert.
Perfect for when you can’t decide what to eat
There are tacos (Antique Taco Chiquito), ramen (Furious Spoon), barbecue (Smoque BBQ), Nashville hot chicken (the Budlong), poke (Aloha Poke), and more at this food Hall. With rotating vendors, there’s always something new to try to keep it interesting, and mainstays for something a little more dependable. Stop by in the morning for pastries and coffee, come back for lunch, and then stay for happy hour.
Yes, you can get sour cream, fried onions, and bacon
Another comfort food lunch item, pick from pierogi like potato and cheese, beef and spinach, and mushroom -- then add a side of a Polish sausage. It’s fast (the pierogi and sausages are made in advance), and there’s nothing fancy about them, but they’re satisfying and delicious when you need to indulge.
Traditional Greek in the back of a jewelry store
Yep, its behind a jewelry store -- you’ll have to pass through (enter on Wabash Street) where there’s a sign that says “Oasis Café” to find this almost literally hidden gem. Falafel, moussaka, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghanouj -- plenty of traditional Greek street foods plus some. It’s hard to go wrong, so pick a combo plate of your choice and enjoy the novelty.