The Hangry Games: 8 Best Quick Meals in Chicago
If you're familiar with the hangry syndrome — that powerful combination of hungry and angry — you know that when the hanger hits, you need to eat now. These eight speedy spots, from counter-service standbys to power-lunch pros, will feed your hanger fast.
With its convenient River North location and another outpost in Streeterville, this casual sit-down concept has the art of the quick meal down to a science. Speedy service ensures that your crispy kale salad, brioche-crusted branzino or skirt steak chimichurri is delivered in a timely manner so you can get on with your day.
519 N. Clark St.; 312-284-1377
Pizzeria Via Stato
A top contender for the best deal Downtown is the “Just Bring Me Lunch” special. Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM–3 PM, enjoy a three-course lunch for $9.95. The feast comes with a cup of the soup of the day, followed by a choice of sandwich — veal meatball, housemade sausage, chicken pesto, BLT or prosciutto — and dessert.
620 N. State St.; 312-337-6634
Get in and out in under 30 minutes with the express lunch. Each meal comes with a half bowl of ramen and a rice platter topped with a choice of miso salmon, panko-crusted chicken or skirt steak. Bonus: whether you opt for the chicken shio ramen or classic pork tonkotsu, it’s only going to cost $15.
59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-377-9950