Lunch spots in the Loop was the theme of a recent Daley Question column. Jenna North, of Munster, Ind., found herself downtown attending school and hungry for lunches with a price point of $15 or less. Phil Vettel, the Tribune's restaurant critic weighed in with some ideas, as did Steve Johnson, my arts and features colleague. I offered some suggestions, too, and encouraged readers to write in with their faves.
Some readers did just that. A big thank you to them!
Here are their suggestions detailing where they like to lunch in and out of the Loop. I've added in most cases the addresses and telephone numbers. These tips from readers are good additions to the original suggestions found in my July 1 column, "Loop Lunch Ideas."
Comments posted by readers at the end of my original column may also be helpful to those who find themselves in the Loop and hungry.
Multiple choices: "I just read your article, and you asked for some recommendations. Well, I work at Clark and Randolph. (He recommends: Naf Naf Grill, Perry's Deli, Berghoff Café, Stocks & Blondes Bar & Grille, Cafecito.)
"All of the above are inexpensive. I hope this helps."
--Bradley Crawford, Clarendon Hills
For Vietnamese: "Ba Le for Vietnamese food -- banh mi, noodles, pho, rice dishes and dessert."
--Melba Castillo Jung, Chicago
Take a hike: "A little outside of the loop, there is this Italian bakery/pizza place on Grand called D'Amato's Bakery. It's amazing -- $2 pizza slices on great Italian bread. It's easiest to get to from the West Loop -- take the Blue Line to Chicago and then it's a five-minute walk, but so worth it! They also have great subs and a lot of bakery items!"
--Ilyssa Kosova, Chicago
Where are these places located? Here you go: Ba Le, 166 W. Washington St., 312-346-3971); Berghoff Café, 17 W. Adams St., 312 427-3170; Cafecito (two downtown locations), 7 N. Wells St., 312-263-4750, and 26 E. Congress Parkway, 312-922-2233; D'Amato's Bakery, 1124 W. Grand Ave., 312-733-5456; Naf Naf Grill (two downtown locations), 309 W. Washington St., 312-251-9000, and 326 N. Michigan Ave., 312-263-0019; Perry's Deli, 174 N. Franklin St., 312-372-7557; Stocks & Blondes Bar & Grille, 40 N. Wells St., 312-372-3725; Taza, 176 N. Franklin St., 312-201-9885.
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