Harrison: The bargain stop
Follow broke college students to find cheap eats off the Red Line.
Want to sniff out a good deal downtown? Trust college students, who are notoriously broke and hungry. Because the Harrison Red Line stop is near a handful of campuses (Roosevelt, Columbia, DePaul), it’s rife with quick, cheap options that, thank God, aren’t Subway. Family-run restaurant Amarit Thai (600 S Dearborn St, 312-939-1179) offers gigantic portions at dirt-cheap prices. Lunch is the best deal, but prime-time prices are only 50 cents more on most dishes, with most entrées less than $10. In a similar vein but with more variety is Tamarind (614 S Wabash Ave, 312-379-0970). A menu packed with Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes offers variety that’s easy on your wallet—sushi rolls come as low as $3. Also nearby is Epic Burger (517 S State St, 312-913-1373), where patties are free of hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and nitrates. Burgers (beef, turkey, chicken or portobello) are cooked to order for only $5.99. Throw in fresh-cut sea-salt fries for $1.99, and you’ve got a filling meal that’s still less than $10.