Quick Bite is the type of spot I would've sought out in my early food exploration days. In fact it was a spot I decided to try out based on it's looks way back when. For whatever reason I never got around to posting about the place so today is it's turn. This is a classic Chicago style fast food stand. I say classic because they dont make places like this anymore. It sits on the corner of a mainly residential part of Western right where it meets Foster avenue. If not on the lookout you might miss it as it sits in a cute little building that will no doubt be torn down one day soon. Hopefully not soon enough.
Locals Favorite in Lincoln Square
Like so many other Chicago style fast food joints this spot is owned by some Greek-Americans, or at least that's what I've always thought. Maybe they're from somewhere else around there but definitely that region. So as you can expect the gyros are a popular offering off the menu. There was a time when I scored gyros around town but I quickly came to realize they're all pretty much the same. The difference is in 1) Preparation 2) Tzatziki sauce and that's about it. If tomatoes are in season then those will probably be good and if they're not in-season they'll be awful. Doesn't matter which gyro stand you're at. So all I can really say about the gyros from here is they do them right by slicing thin when well crisped and provide a well made sauce to go on top. Extra points for meat piled high.
What stands out in my mind here is the chicken sandwich. You dont hear about Chicago style chicken sandwiches all that often even if there's nothing Chicago about them. What is a Chicago style chicken sandwich? Well it's the type of grilled chicken sandwich you can find at almost all Chicago style fast food joints especially ones run by Greek people. The basis of these is chicken breast marinated in Greek seasoning thats then grilled and stuffed between some bread or into a pita. There's lots of options for this style of chicken sandwich and I think Quick Bite's is best. They marinate the meat really well and then char it up nicely. Here they'll chop it up into chunks and give you a choice of bread. I find this to be one the more satisfying sandwiches when the taste for one comes which isn't often but for whatever reason sometimes you just feel like a boring grilled chicken sandwich.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Quick Bite Carry Outs
5155 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625