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Marc Much

Chicago Cheap Eats 2015: 13 Great New Affordable Restaurants, Mapped

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Taco in a Bag
| Marc Much

Chicago eating enthusiasts have seen a plethora of great new restaurants open in the last 12 months, although many are on the pricey side. But many new standout options can fill your belly on the cheap, serving a range of intriguing foods at breakfast, late night, and times in between that you can afford with just a couple bills that you found in your wallet. These 13 are some of the best.

EDIT NOTE: Berrista was originally included in this map but has been removed due to it being "closed for the summer."

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Furious Spoon

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1571 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-8445
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Chicago's ramen craze has an affordable, late-night version with in-house noodles via chef Shin Thompson's antique ramen machine. Prices start at $7.25 for a filling bowl. [Photo: Marc Much]

2. Nando's Peri-Peri

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953 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 488-3062
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The famous South African chicken chain opened two Chicago locations in short order, with more on the way. Flame-grilled chicken meals with one side and sauces begin at $7.25. [Photo courtesy of Nando's Peri-Peri]

3. Baker Miller

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4610 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
The noteworthy bakery cafe from former Bang Bang Pie co-owners has a variety of affordable items that employ house-milled grains. Try the unique version of oatmeal or savory hand pies ($6) at breakfast, while most lunch and dinner items cost between $9-11. Pastries are even more affordable. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

4. Good Stuff Eatery

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22 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 854-3027
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Former Top Cheftant Spike Mendelsohn's fast casual spot has plenty of delicious burgers, starting at $6.50. Look for more locations soon. [Photo courtesy of Good Stuff Eatery]

5. Taco In a Bag

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4603 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 250-2437
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The fun walking taco spot from two competitive eaters transforms chips and a variety of toppings into filling, affordable meals (starting at $7) until the wee hours. Salads and doughnut holes ($5) round out the menu. [Photo: Marc Much]

6. Hot "G" Dog

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5009 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 209-3360
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Former Hot Doug's cooks serve takes on Hot Doug's specialty hot dogs and sausages in Uptown, complete with duck fat fries. It's easy to make a full meal while embracing your Hot Doug's nostalgia for under $10. [Photo: Facebook]

7. The Corned Beef Factory

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1009 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-0050
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This adorable shop with limited seating sells delicious sandwiches using meats straight from the attached factory near Fulton Market. Spend $10 or $11 for a corned beef, pastrami, or Reuben, while hot dogs ($5) and Italian beefs ($9) are also available. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Thank You

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3152 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 961-7475
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Soak up Paul McGee's acclaimed tiki drinks with grub from Lost Lake's attached Chinese restaurant. All items cost between $3-11. Carry it out, get delivery, or bring it to the bar. [Photo: Sarah Joyce]

9. Puesto Sandwich Stand

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3349 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-2490
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An adorable and tasty new Latin cafe, Puesto Sandwich Stand is a anomaly in Wrigleyville. Fill your belly with a variety of Latin foodstuffs at all three meals on the very cheap, including many arepas (stuffed corn cake; $4), sandwiches, soups, sweets, and coffee drinks. [Photo courtesy of Puesto Sandwich Stand]

10. Luella’s Southern Kitchen

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4609 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 961-8196
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This new Southern eatery in Lincoln Square serves some tasty items from a pedigreed chef for cheap in a fast-casual environment. Try the Southern Benedict at brunch (braised Slagel Farms pork, poached farm eggs, Crystal hollandaise, buttermilk biscuit; $11) or grab some gumbo for $7. [Photo: Ashok Selvam]

11. Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill

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811 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 763-2870
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The noteworthy food truck finally opened its full restaurant and attached coffee shop, serving jerk meats, sliders, patties, and yucca fries at affordable prices. [Photo: Anthony Tahlier]

12. Q-Tine

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2339 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-5100
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Fill your belly until very late in Logan Square at Q-Tine, which serves barbecue and poutine from an indoor airstream. Smoked meats start at $6.99, while portion prices of the Canadian delicacy start at $5.99. [Photo: Marc Much]

13. Just Salad

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20 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
The New York-based salad chain landed in the Loop, offering cheap healthy meals downtown. [Photo courtesy of Just Salad]

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1. Furious Spoon

1571 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Chicago's ramen craze has an affordable, late-night version with in-house noodles via chef Shin Thompson's antique ramen machine. Prices start at $7.25 for a filling bowl. [Photo: Marc Much]
1571 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

2. Nando's Peri-Peri

953 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
The famous South African chicken chain opened two Chicago locations in short order, with more on the way. Flame-grilled chicken meals with one side and sauces begin at $7.25. [Photo courtesy of Nando's Peri-Peri]
953 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Baker Miller

4610 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
The noteworthy bakery cafe from former Bang Bang Pie co-owners has a variety of affordable items that employ house-milled grains. Try the unique version of oatmeal or savory hand pies ($6) at breakfast, while most lunch and dinner items cost between $9-11. Pastries are even more affordable. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]
4610 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Good Stuff Eatery

22 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Former Top Cheftant Spike Mendelsohn's fast casual spot has plenty of delicious burgers, starting at $6.50. Look for more locations soon. [Photo courtesy of Good Stuff Eatery]
22 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

5. Taco In a Bag

4603 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
The fun walking taco spot from two competitive eaters transforms chips and a variety of toppings into filling, affordable meals (starting at $7) until the wee hours. Salads and doughnut holes ($5) round out the menu. [Photo: Marc Much]
4603 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. Hot "G" Dog

5009 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Former Hot Doug's cooks serve takes on Hot Doug's specialty hot dogs and sausages in Uptown, complete with duck fat fries. It's easy to make a full meal while embracing your Hot Doug's nostalgia for under $10. [Photo: Facebook]
5009 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

7. The Corned Beef Factory

1009 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607
This adorable shop with limited seating sells delicious sandwiches using meats straight from the attached factory near Fulton Market. Spend $10 or $11 for a corned beef, pastrami, or Reuben, while hot dogs ($5) and Italian beefs ($9) are also available. [Photo: Facebook]
1009 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Thank You

3152 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Soak up Paul McGee's acclaimed tiki drinks with grub from Lost Lake's attached Chinese restaurant. All items cost between $3-11. Carry it out, get delivery, or bring it to the bar. [Photo: Sarah Joyce]
3152 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Puesto Sandwich Stand

3349 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
An adorable and tasty new Latin cafe, Puesto Sandwich Stand is a anomaly in Wrigleyville. Fill your belly with a variety of Latin foodstuffs at all three meals on the very cheap, including many arepas (stuffed corn cake; $4), sandwiches, soups, sweets, and coffee drinks. [Photo courtesy of Puesto Sandwich Stand]
3349 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

10. Luella’s Southern Kitchen

4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
This new Southern eatery in Lincoln Square serves some tasty items from a pedigreed chef for cheap in a fast-casual environment. Try the Southern Benedict at brunch (braised Slagel Farms pork, poached farm eggs, Crystal hollandaise, buttermilk biscuit; $11) or grab some gumbo for $7. [Photo: Ashok Selvam]
4609 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

11. Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill

811 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
The noteworthy food truck finally opened its full restaurant and attached coffee shop, serving jerk meats, sliders, patties, and yucca fries at affordable prices. [Photo: Anthony Tahlier]
811 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Q-Tine

2339 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Fill your belly until very late in Logan Square at Q-Tine, which serves barbecue and poutine from an indoor airstream. Smoked meats start at $6.99, while portion prices of the Canadian delicacy start at $5.99. [Photo: Marc Much]
2339 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. Just Salad

20 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
The New York-based salad chain landed in the Loop, offering cheap healthy meals downtown. [Photo courtesy of Just Salad]
20 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604

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