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Chicago — By Lisa Davis on January 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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Dine Cheaply at Some of Chicago’s Tastiest Restaurants

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save money, then you’ve come to the right place.

Chicago’s dining scene is one of the best in the country and it can also be one of the cheapest, if you know where to go.

Some of the top “eat on the cheap” restaurants in the Windy City include:

Pollo Volador (3402 Montrose; map it) – This northside BYOB is known, as it names implies, for chicken. Inspired by the cuisine of Columbia, Pollo Volador makes an unforgettable roasted chicken dish that comes in 1/4 pound ($5.49) and 1/2 pound ($7.49)  sizes served with rice, roasted potatoes, and beans.

Abuelo’s Mexican Grill (2007 Damen; map it) – Newer on Chicago’s restaurant scene is Abuelo’s (near the city’s Pilsen neighborhood). which makes handmade dishes including tortas (from $5.99) filled with spicy chorizo and  marinated steak. Free chips and salsa seal the deal.

Benjyehuda (212 W. Van Buren; map it) – The choice for lunch for Chicago’s stockbrokers (It’s near the Chicago Board of Trade.), this cheap eatery opens its doors at 11 a.m. and serves build-your-own sandwiches (from $4.99) that include fillings such as falafel and hummus. Add a one-pound bag of fries for $1.79 and your set. Tip: Pay an extra dollar and dip your fries in Merkts Wisconsin cheese spread.)

Little Brother’s (818 W. Fullerton; map it) – You’ll find cheap and delicious Asian dishes at this Lincoln Park restaurant with signature menu items from Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Choose white or brown rice and pair it with a protein such as Korean barbecue-style steak ($8.99).

Photo credit: SXC

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