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Category Archives: Cheap Eats

Pineapple Whip

Pineapple Whip is the most unbelievably delicious carnival treat. It has the texture of the fluffiest, most refreshing Italian ice, the creaminess of the silkiest soft serve, and the otherworldly, synthetically-enabled shape holding and melt-resistant ability of Cool Whip. It tastes like sweet baby pineapples and was invented by unicorns and God.

Mini-review: Icosium Kafe/Crepe & Coffee Palace

Icosium Kafe 5200 N. Clark 773-271-5233 Crepe & Coffee Palace 2433 N. Clark 773-404-1300 Two names, two locations, double the crepe goodness. These cafes serve sweet and savory crepes with an Algerian twist, such as the Crepe Palace (raisins, pears, and rose water with pistachio ice cream) and the Crepe Marrakech, which includes olive tapenade, [...]

$2.50 Poag Mahone’s burgers

They made GQ’s list of 20 hamburgers you must eat before you die. Oprah’s BFF Gayle King loves them. And they’re only $2.50 every Monday night until April 14, so go out and get a Poag Mahone’s burger already! Poag Mahone’s: 333 S. Wells, 312-566-9100

Mini-review: Hot Doug’s

Hot Doug’s 3324 N. California 773-279-9550 Open 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday. Also closed on random days for vacation; call or check www.hotdougs.com for info. This sausage lover’s mecca offers your basic Chicago dog, brats, and polish, but they really impress with their adventurous specialty sausage and game meat options. A couple [...]

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Cat took me to Amsterdam Falafelshop during my recent visit to Washington, D.C. It’s now on my list of all-time favorite restaurants, or at least divey hole-in-the-walls. I’m jonesing for one of their sandwiches right now — crispy-soft falafel nestled in a warm pita, topped with all sorts of everything from a veritable salad bar [...]