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24 Must-visit Chicago Restaurants From Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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By Stephanie Marshall

Chicago is a city after any foodie's heart, but it can be hard to find places that fit a college budget. We've compiled a list of restaurants featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" so you can enjoy all the tastiness without having to watch Guy go to Flavortown.

1. Hopleaf Bar

Photo courtesy of hopleaf.com

Photo courtesy of hopleaf.com

Average plate: $16
Dish to try: Duck reuben
http://hopleaf.com/

 
2. bopNgrill
Photo courtesy of bngrill.com

Photo courtesy of bngrill.com

Average plate: $8
Dish to try: Umami burger
http://bngrill.com/

 
3. Irazu

Photo courtesy of rachelleb.com

Photo courtesy of rachelleb.com

Average plate: $7
Dish to try: Chifrijo (fried pork layered with whole black beans, white rice, pico de gallo and topped with avocado)
http://irazuchicago.com/

 
4. Nana

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Photo courtesy of nanaorganic.com

Average plate: $12
Dish to try: Huevos rancheros
http://nanaorganic.com/

 
5. Tufano's Vernon Park Tap

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Photo courtesy of dinersdriveinsdiveslocations.com

Average plate: $13
Dish to try: Eggplant parmigiana
http://www.tufanosrestaurant.com/

 
6. BIG & littles

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Photo courtesy of chicago.seriouseats.com

Average plate: $4
Dish to try: Spicy beef short rib taco
http://www.bigandlittleschicago.com/

 
7. Chicago Brauhaus

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Photo courtesy of dinersdriveinsdiveslocations.com

Average plate: $18
Dish to try: Schweine schnitzel
http://www.chicagobrauhaus.com/

 
8. Paradise Pup

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Photo courtesy of roadfood.com

Average plate: $4
Dish to try: Char cheddar burger
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9. Chilam Balam

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Courtesy of kitchit.com

Average plate: $13
Dish to try: Flank steak
http://www.chilambalamchicago.com/

 
10. White Palace Grill
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Photo courtesy of dinersdriveinsdiveslocations.com

Average plate: $8
Dish to try: Biscuits and gravy
http://www.whitepalacegrill.com/

 
11. Smoque

Photo courtesy of urbanspoon.com

Photo courtesy of urbanspoon.com

Average plate: $11
Dish to try: Sliced brisket
http://smoquebbq.com/

 
12. Rex Italian Foods
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Photo courtesy of seamless.com

Average plate: $7
Dish to try: Sicilian schiacciata
http://www.rexitalianfoods.com/

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