WBEZ | lunch specials http://www.wbez.org/tags/lunch-specials Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Young and Hungry: Chinese on the Southwest Side http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-07/young-and-hungry-chinese-southwest-side-83380 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//younghungry-chinese.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="448" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-07/DSC00391.JPG" alt="" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;"><em>Every now and then, I turn over this space to one of my budget-conscious interns. The only criteria is that the restaurant in question must have a majority of items for $10 or less. Today, Columbia student Kristen Kuchar writes about her experience over the weekend at a Chinese restaurant on the Southwest Side.</em></p><p>Being a married, full-time journalism student means that, unfortunately, I&nbsp;do not get to dine out as frequently as I&nbsp;would like. So when the glorious opportunity arises, I&nbsp;have to make it count. I&nbsp;need to seek out reasonable prices with equally impressive portions. Wayne Moy Chop Suey meets both of these qualifications.</p><p>This tiny Cantonese restaurant is located on the city's Southwest Side in the Clearing neighborhood. It may not be the most modern (or authentic) Chinese restaurant, but the food is what brings people back. I'm always greeted with a smile when I walk in, and once I sit down, servers couldn't be any friendlier. You could dine-in and sit amongst the Chinese&nbsp;decor and tantalizing smells, but most orders are either pick-up or delivery.</p><p>With a menu this extensive, it's hard to choose. But luckily, with the exception of three entries, every item is less than $10. And if you're&nbsp;eager to try a few different&nbsp;things, most&nbsp;small&nbsp;sized entries will cost about $5.&nbsp;For this particular dinner, I ordered orange chicken (pictured, above, $7.95 for a large, $5.35 for a small). Tiny pieces of all-white chicken are covered in a crispy breading and smothered in the thick,&nbsp;sweet sauce that reminds everyone of early Chinese dining experiences as a kid. Served with white rice, the chicken has a hint of spice that keeps it from being boring.</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img height="336" width="448" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-07/DSC00393.JPG" alt="" title="" /></p><p>The beef with broccoli (pictured above - $7.75 for a large, $4.95 for&nbsp;a small) arrives thinly-sliced, with amazingly tender pieces of beef and broccoli in a non-descript brown sauce. I order the sauce extra spicy for an added kick. The egg foo young ($5.35 for 4 patties, $3.75 for 2 patties), similar to an omlet, is a staple every time I&nbsp;order as well. I&nbsp;love the textural variation in this dish with a crispiness on the outside, moist egg inside, crispy bean sprouts throughout, and whatever meat or vegetable you choose to fill it with.</p><p>Some of my other favorite entries include the large egg rolls ($1.15), egg drop soup ($2.50), sweet and sour shrimp ($7.55 for a large, $5.05 for a small), and the chicken chow mein served with fried Cantonese noodles ($6.85 for a large, $4.50 for a small). If you happen to stop in for lunch,&nbsp;you could try one of their lunch specials, all of which are less than $5. Choose between 25 entries including szechuan shrimp, beef kow, and empress chicken. The special includes your entree, chicken fried rice, and an egg roll. When you're watching your budget, seeing the word &quot;free&quot; summons feelings of pure joy. So luckily at Wayne Moy, you recieve a free soda with every entree, and for orders over $15, you get free crab rangoon, a free small fried rice of your choice, and free almond cookies.</p><p>Anytime I order Wayne Moy, I not only have a satisfying meal, but I&nbsp;have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day. Between the flavorful dishes, friendly service, and prices that are easy on the wallet, I always leave content.</p><p><em>Wayne Moy Chop&nbsp;Suey, 6101 West 63rd Street, open&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;- Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.,</em>&nbsp;<em>Saturday noon - 10:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.,&nbsp;773-586-0450</em></p><p>- Kristen Kuchar</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-07/young-and-hungry-chinese-southwest-side-83380 Something You Should Eat: Pita Inn's lunch special http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-pita-inns-lunch-special <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img class="size-full wp-image-15089" alt="" width="265" height="198" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3017.jpg" /><br /><em>the $4.95 lunch special at the Pita Inn (photo by Steve Dolins</em>ky)</p><p>There really isn't much to find these days on the lunch front for less than five bucks. I mean, you can get a burrito or a burger, but that never really satisfies - both from a taste and a nutritional standpoint. But the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pita-inn.com/">Pita Inn</a> has been serving its impressive lunch special for $4.95 for years, and you can bet just about every day there's a line to score one. The Pita Inn has three suburban locations (Wheeling, Glenview, Skokie) and the lunch special is available on weekdays only, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The plate is overloaded with saffron-hued rice, kefta kebabs, shish kebab, falafel, salad and chicken kebabs. Make sure you order one of their freshly-squeezed glasses of lemonade to go along&nbsp;with it!</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="500" height="281" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9466517&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9466517&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left; ">I couldn't very well offer up a &quot;Something You Should Eat&quot; on Fat Tuesday and not at least show you something Big Easy-related. I figured I offered up plenty of ideas and inspiration for NOLA eating in yesterday's posts, but today - as an edible amendment to the Pita Inn video - I'd like to show you the &quot;dessert onslaught&quot; we encountered at Commander's Palace on Sunday morning:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="500" height="281" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9476435&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9476435&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p></p> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-pita-inns-lunch-special