2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year
Bodega N. 5 (at Mercat a la Planxa) is one of 2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year.

1. Bodega N. 5 (at Mercat a la Planxa)

7.2
636 S Michigan Ave (at E Balbo Ave), Chicago, IL
Spanish Restaurant · South Loop · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Happily, price is the least of the reasons to eat here. The more pressing reasons include the turkey sandwich with thick bacon and soft focaccia and hearty empanadas filled with bacon, egg and cheese. Read more.

bopNgrill is one of 2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year.

2. bopNgrill

9.2
6604 N Sheridan Rd (at Albion Ave), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Rogers Park · 77 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Korean-American mash-ups are certainly nothing new, but this sparse Rogers Park spot manages to execute its concoctions with enough pizzazz to have to you reconsidering fusion as a whole. Read more.

Cai is one of 2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year.

3. Cai

8.7
2100 S Archer Ave (at S Wentworth Ave), Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Armour Square · 51 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The chef is killing the dim sum competition with his creamy egg-yolk buns, dumplings stuffed with shrimp and scallop, pumpkin congee and steamed rice-noodle crêpes paired with crunchy bits of celery. Read more.

Lao Hunan is one of 2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year.

4. Lao Hunan

7.2
2230 S Wentworth Ave (btwn W 22nd Pl & W Alexander St), Chicago, IL
Hunan Restaurant · Chinatown · 26 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This is intense food, spicy and oily and built around pork and chicken. “Home fed chicken” is hung for two days to dry age before it’s lightly smoked over a wok filled with dry rice and spices. Read more.

Pleasant House Bakery is one of 2012 Eat Out Awards: Cheap Eatery of the Year.

5. Pleasant House Bakery

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL
Bakery · Bridgeport · 63 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Individual pies filled with earthy kale and mushrooms. Fried fish alongside crisp nubs of fries, Meyer-lemon tartar sauce to spare. Read more.