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Places to eat
This area is surrounded by restaurants. Some of our patients from out of state combine a culinary expedition with a clinic visit. We are happy to provide suggestions. Right now (i.e. in June 2020), due to the "shelter in place" situation and the risk of contracting coronavirus in hospitals and restaurants, we recommend sticking with carry-out food on the streets around the clinic, or delivery. Beatrix is probably the most practical place -- it has a cafeteria style side to it, accessed through the hospital. It has remained open because it is part of the hospital.
Affordable eats close to the clinic -- affordable around here means about $10-$15/head for lunch.
- On Erie, there is a TGIF next to the clinic. Perhaps not the most kid friendly though. Not our favorite for food.
- The Northwestern Memorial Hospital has several "fast food" style restaurants. We favor the first floor "Beatrix" cafeteria for lunch, and the Greek restaurant on 2nd floor. Maybe $10/head here.
- Saigon Sisters are on the 2nd floor as well. About $15/head. Not much seating either.
- Potbellys on Ontario/Fairbanks across from the Marriott Fairbanks Court.
- Blaze Pizza is next door to PotBellys. On Ontario. Thin crust. about $10/head.
- Lou Malnati's. This is a deep dish pizza place, similar to Gino's, Uno's and Due's and Giordano's (all prety close). These places are all very slow -- so order ahead. Lou Malnati's is in a basement close to the "Palace" Walgreens across from the Apple store. If you want Deep Dish, we think it is much easier to go to Giordano's. But don't forget to order ahead.
- Garrett's Popcorn. 625 Michigan -- really on Ontario (These are all over the place, including in our back yard).
- M-burger (Michigan/Huron) -- Its close.
- Whole foods (about 4 blocks away, on Columbus/Grand). Has a large cafeteria on ground floor. This is probably the cheapest place for healthy food.
Nicer but more expensive restaurants close to the clinic. All casual.
- Bandera (535 N. Michigan, up an escalator) call ahead for reservations, don't drop in, American, Jazz at night. Stay away from the "specials". Bandera doesn't really do reservations like other restaurants do- -when you show up, then they look around for a table. Don't go at all if you can't tolerate waiting around for 30 minutes after you show up for your reservation. I guess they don't really care.
- Beatrix (very close, in Hospital, 671 N. St. Clair). Eclectic -- seems pretty healthy, but limited selection. Not cheap. American food.
- Grand Luxe Cafe (Michigan and Ohio, eclectic) one block west and south just off Michigan. American. Quite an experience. Certainly is past it's prime. Kids might like it. Food is not its strong suit.
- Coco Pazzo Cafe (Michigan/Ontario, Italian, good and fairly fast). About two blocks away 212 E. Ohio. Not cheap at all.
- Capital Grille (St. Clair/Ontaro) Steak, good, not fast food. about $20/head for lunch.
- Eataly is just behind Nordstroms on Michigan (i.e. 2 blocks south). It has many Italian fast-food operations within a single building. Seems a little daunting, and maybe a bit too stimulating for dizzy people. The "carry-out" Pasta restaurant on the first floor is fast and good but selection is very limited.
- Lao Sze Chuan (520 N Michigan). Good, hot chinese food, a bit pricey.
- Purple Pig -- next to Nordstroms on Michigan (500 N Michigan). If you like pork. Stimulating. Not so good for kids. This place is very trendy and loud.
- The Publican (837 Fulton Market, about a 10 minute Cab ride). Good food/Beer. Unique place. Do not try to walk from nearly anywhere.
- Ocean Prime (across the river on Michigan). Sort of the worst of both worlds -- mediocre food and high prices.
- Sayat Nova Armenian restaurant (157 E Ohio -- i.e. 2 blocks). Good for Kebabs/shrimp platter. Never that busy, and very nice people.
- We do not favor the noodles/sushi restaurants across from the hospital, or any of the "hotel" restaurants around Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In their favor though is that they are usually empty.
There are also some "heavy duty" gourmet restaurants fairly close to the clinic. These are all formal, slow, and $$$$$.
- Les Nomades (222 E Ontario). French. About a block away. This is a "once a year" type restaurant. A little stuffy. OK, very stuffy.
- Shanghai Terrace (108 E Superior, in Peninsula hotel). Chinese. Good spot. The cucumber salad is cool. The Peninsula also has a small cafe, that is pretty good as well.
- Spiaggia (within walking distance, near Bloomingdales). Fine dining. OK food. Not very busy. Do not really recommend.
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