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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:51 PM

As we all know ACen is all about the glitz and the glam. But what about the dining elite? For me its all about planning ahead of time and bringing food to the hotel upon arrival. I know around me there is a place called the Grand mart that sells korean foods there. So Im gonna stock up on ramen and some drinks there. And when I mean drinks I mean juice.

Now some plan to order out and thats fine. Whatever works as long as you are full and happy! What do you plan to do at ACen as far as food goes. Put it here and give some tips as well ^__^
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 06:47 PM

View Postexcel excel, on Feb 6 2007, 06:51 PM, said:

Now some plan to order out and thats fine. Whatever works as long as you are full and happy! What do you plan to do at ACen as far as food goes. Put it here and give some tips as well ^__^


I always bring my own food, but I usually allow for one or two meals eaten outside of the convention. Especially since Mitsuwa Marketplace is right over in Arlington Heights! My group goes there every year. We usually pick up some snacks and sushi at the grocery store, but there's a little food court as well that has some awesome Chinese, Japanese and Korean food! I'm definitely giving the okonomiyaki a try this year. :D

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 11:14 PM

That Mexican restaraunt by the convention center. Possibly hotel food. They're probably pretty pricy though. There's not much I can cook for myself in a hotel. I guess there's always microwavable food which I may end up bringing.


Anybody able to help with something though? My friend that's coming is a vegan and it's impossible to find places to eat that have vegan friendly food. Mind you this isn't vegetarian, she doesn't eat anything. Trying to ask people like myself is pretty much pointless because we don't even look at the menu so hotel staff never has a clue. Somebody on the boards has to know a vegan though, right?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:01 AM

I am essentially one of those people that Comes with a bunch of packets of Ramen and pocky and live off of that and water/juice for the entire con for the vegan person i dont know how to help you bro

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:52 AM

I'm the son of a lifelong vegan. Perhaps I could be of some assistance. If you're looking to keep your friend fed through the weekend, your best bet is to stick with vegetarian foods that are also vegan friendly. I think some brands of veggie burgers are also fit for vegan diets. Barring that, try making an all natural (i.e. nothing bought in a store) trail mix. I would also suggest water and natural fruit juices. Stuff like that will most likely give her more then enough energy to make it through the con without breaking her diet.
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 11:49 AM

I know this is a little out of most people's price range, but the lobby restaurant actually has a very tasty menu. It's usually a tad expensive (compared to your normal dining), but the atmosphere is very nice. I recommend the dumpling chicken soup. It was very yummy & they serve nice bread & rolls with your meal.

During previous ACen's where I've been feeling under the weather or things get stressful, I really enjoyed going to the hotel restaurant and getting a little waited-service. There's just something therapeutic about being served good food and not having to clean up for yourself. ^__^

As for other dining venues, lots of people enjoy Denny's down the road and the McDonald's. My friends & I usually get together on Saturday and order a bunch of Pizza from Domino's. It's overpriced still (everything will be) but with a group of people it isn't so bad.

I know this has been beaten into the ground,, I'd like to reiterate it: please make sure you eat! -Srsly-~ You will run your body into the ground during a convention with the long nights, heavy partying, and walking all over the place. The least you can do to give back to your body is giving it some nourishment. It kinda worries me when people say they just bring ramen & pocky. While that's your own choice, what could it hurt to throw in some other foods? Maybe some fruit?

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 11:55 AM

To help out your vegan friend for the weekend i personally suggest natures valley granola bars I keep them on me all the time because they keep you going so well. Maybe go to the grocery store and buy a bag of fruit. Other then that I dont know what to tell you.
I know personally i will find myself some pizza thursday I believe giordanos is across the street from the hyatt, and the hotel resturant is very expensive but very good. They make omlettes to die for. ;)

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:06 PM

View PostFrenziedFury, on Feb 7 2007, 06:52 AM, said:

I'm the son of a lifelong vegan. Perhaps I could be of some assistance. If you're looking to keep your friend fed through the weekend, your best bet is to stick with vegetarian foods that are also vegan friendly. I think some brands of veggie burgers are also fit for vegan diets. Barring that, try making an all natural (i.e. nothing bought in a store) trail mix. I would also suggest water and natural fruit juices. Stuff like that will most likely give her more then enough energy to make it through the con without breaking her diet.



Well, I'm sure that we can bring some of her foods along. It's just a hassle to haev to pack coolers and whatnot. I was hoping there would be a grocery store or something nearby for us to shop. Last time we asked and got sent to some Russian store about 30 minutes away. Can't blame the poor guy though, it was 1 in the morning and I'm sure it's not a question people are prepared to answer just like that. :lol: We'll probably end up having the trail mix and granola bars and stuff. I just don't want her to only have snacks. I know how cranky I am when I don't eat, I don't want anybody else to have that problem. I guess since we're at the Hyatt this time it may be a little easier to have your own food, before we had to search for places because we didn't have time.

But thanks for the help everybody! Hopefully this'll be easier than conventions in the past have been. It's especially hard since everybody usually eats Ramen during this period. :P

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:31 PM

View PostGeneralNacho, on Feb 7 2007, 06:06 PM, said:

I was hoping there would be a grocery store or something nearby for us to shop.


There is. Unless something happened to it since I drove by a couple of months ago, there's a Dominics nearby (if you're driving, that is.) Just go North on River to Higgins (the first light after you pass under the expressway,) then go East for about 1.5 to 2 miles to Cumberland. It'll be on the Northwest corner.
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 08:07 PM

I've got to tell you, my first year at ACen I was horribly unprepared for the "nutrition issue".

I was so excited about my first year, my first convention, my first cosplay! I love Chicago, so that added even more to my desire to prepare fully. I got my cosplay all ready, packed extra clothes, remembered to suck up to my parents and get exceptionally good grades for spending cash, everything you could think of I tried to pack for. Except the basic human needs, such as sleeping and eating.

Upon seeing the Dealers' Hall, I think I died then. And being very shocked and very stupid, I splurged. ($52 for a Yami no Matsuei import CD, I was the happiest idiot in the con.) And I didn't eat. Ever. Friday night left my friends and I with full shopping bags and hunger pains. Saturday, my girldfriend's parents saved the day by buying lunch, and we figured that would be enough fuel to compensate for yesterday and the remainder of the day.

This was my freshman year. I passed Biology with very nice grades. But being an otaku kinda weighs out all knowledge of the digestive system, y'know?

Now I'm a senior, and I'm planning on having cash for food that will hold myself and my little brother (yay for chaperoning siblings at a convention), and I want to thank everyone who mentioned the great Asian markets close to the hotel. ^^

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 12:16 AM

View PostGeneralNacho, on Feb 7 2007, 05:14 AM, said:

That Mexican restaraunt by the convention center. Possibly hotel food. They're probably pretty pricy though. There's not much I can cook for myself in a hotel. I guess there's always microwavable food which I may end up bringing.
Anybody able to help with something though? My friend that's coming is a vegan and it's impossible to find places to eat that have vegan friendly food. Mind you this isn't vegetarian, she doesn't eat anything. Trying to ask people like myself is pretty much pointless because we don't even look at the menu so hotel staff never has a clue. Somebody on the boards has to know a vegan though, right?


There are 2 places I know of around the hotel that are vegan friendly...

CHOWPATTI VEGETARIAN CUISINE
1035 S, Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL - 60005
Phone: (847) 640 9554

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BAPI
1510 E Hintz Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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Bapi has italian food but some vegen stuff as well

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:05 AM

I dunno about all that...


but Uhm..one of my room mates is bringing some food..dunno what.

I'm planning on bringing 2 boxes of nutrigrain bars as just something to eat when I'm walking around and really can't and don't wanna leave the con.

as for actualy meals....likely go to some fast food joints nearby...drive over and get some stuff.

and for dinner we're just gonna order out...at least that's what I wanna do.

I know we got pizza last time I went and it was just fun for some reason.

I mean i'mma probably finalize it with my room mates but that's what I wanna do for the most part.

as for mitsuwa..never been too far from me...so is acen but i won't be leaving it right away.


I suggest something you can easily make..I believe there's a microwave on each floor or near each block of rooms.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 11:17 AM

This is my first year at ACEN but I go to a lot of gaming conventions, and this is what I usually pack:

5-6 powerbars (usually the carb-friendly ones)
A box of Fig Newtons
2 bags of Beef Jerky
A case of bottled water
2-3 cans of tuna - the olive-oil packed version
chocolate - because who doesn't need chocolate :D
several small sandwich bags of trail mix

Yes, I'm obsessive, but I usually wind up playing den mother to folks who spent all their money in the dealer's room, and I like being prepared. :P

I also don't know what's available close to the convention center (besides the glory of Giordano's).

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 12:12 PM

In every "food" related thread, I will continue to recommend you go to the Hyatt Front Desk and request a few menus.

One will be from a Chinese place that is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
I don't even remember the name (getting it only once a year will do that to you) but it's yummy and fast and not very expensive.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 12:27 PM

My aunt lives a block down the street so we hit her up if we are desperate.

Last year we were so broke that we had to eat McDonalds most of the time--haven't eaten any of that since.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:10 PM

View Postneomiroku, on Feb 8 2007, 07:05 AM, said:

I suggest something you can easily make..I believe there's a microwave on each floor or near each block of rooms.


Hmmm.... I don't remember those, but now that you mention it, I think there might be one... well, I'll remember that when I bring my o-bento thurday and see if there so I can heat it up, if not, I plan on packing stuff that can be eaten cold.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 02:46 PM

For me eating at some of the unique places in Chicago is one of the reasons I go. I plan on hitting a Portillos or two. Also Gino's East is down the street from the hotel,they make a great deepdish. I was thinking of eating at Charlie Trotters until I found out it costs $145 per person. No matter what your budget is you should consider trying out One non fastfood restaurant while in Chicago.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:27 PM

View PostAngryDragon, on Feb 8 2007, 06:16 AM, said:

There are 2 places I know of around the hotel that are vegan friendly...

CHOWPATTI VEGETARIAN CUISINE
1035 S, Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL - 60005
Phone: (847) 640 9554

and

BAPI
1510 E Hintz Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 253-2333

Bapi has italian food but some vegen stuff as well

hope that helps


Thank you so much! You guys are all very helpful. (Let's just hope we don't get lost trying to get there. We're both pretty bad with directions.) First time we came to ACEN we drove past the convention center a total of five times before figuring out we were supposed to be there, despite the big 'WELCOME TO THE DONALD E STEVENS CONVENTION CENTER' sign. Heh. ;)

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

I know that everyone has been telling me about a Denny's thats not too far from here. Where is it?
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:37 PM

This year we are bringing a cooler fool of foods and a microwave. We've found it's easier to buy food before hand. ^_^
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 08:38 PM

We'll probably hit up Mitsuwa before we head down to ACEN and stock up on sugary goodies ^^ (Pocky, gummies and ramune *squee*). One night we go to Denny's, last year and girl was so excited and laughing because she saw Sora at Dennys ^^, it was awesome. Then McDonalds ^^. Usually we just squeak by on crap before the dinner ^^.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 10:40 PM

View PostIsamu, on Feb 8 2007, 02:46 PM, said:

For me eating at some of the unique places in Chicago is one of the reasons I go. I plan on hitting a Portillos or two. Also Gino's East is down the street from the hotel,they make a great deepdish. I was thinking of eating at Charlie Trotters until I found out it costs $145 per person. No matter what your budget is you should consider trying out One non fastfood restaurant while in Chicago.


If you're driving, take River South to Grand. Gene's and Jude's is probably the finest example of the REAL Chicago hot dog. It's one of those places that the locals like to keep to themselves. ;)
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:04 AM

View PostIsamu, on Feb 8 2007, 08:46 PM, said:

For me eating at some of the unique places in Chicago is one of the reasons I go. I plan on hitting a Portillos or two. Also Gino's East is down the street from the hotel,they make a great deepdish. I was thinking of eating at Charlie Trotters until I found out it costs $145 per person. No matter what your budget is you should consider trying out One non fastfood restaurant while in Chicago.


OOOOH! Portillos is love! They have the best burgers there. I may go to the one around my house. Usually in the summer its packed! Especially the drive thru. Gino's East has some real good pizza. And I love Connie's Pizza. Best pizza ever! Charlie Trotters does have some good steaks! Dude you aint lying about those prices! But at least you do get what you pay for when you go to Trotters. Dude you made me freakin hungry now :lol:
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 02:52 AM

View PostIsamu, on Feb 8 2007, 08:46 PM, said:

For me eating at some of the unique places in Chicago is one of the reasons I go. I plan on hitting a Portillos or two. Also Gino's East is down the street from the hotel,they make a great deepdish. I was thinking of eating at Charlie Trotters until I found out it costs $145 per person. No matter what your budget is you should consider trying out One non fastfood restaurant while in Chicago.


A couple of my friends are really excited the food in chicago as well.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 03:19 AM

View Postexcel excel, on Feb 9 2007, 01:08 AM, said:

I know that everyone has been telling me about a Denny's thats not too far from here. Where is it?


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It's not even a 5 min. drive from the hotel.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:03 PM

Last year I brought Ramen, some lunch meat & bread. Not the most appatizing, but it got me by.

this year I'm bringing my George Foreman grill & a rice cooker I'm gonna try to make stir-fry or atleast a steak
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 04:33 PM

I'll be bringing some snacks and drinks mostly, but actual meals will be eaten out. On the list right now is Giordanos, McD's, Subway, and possibly Wendy's. Sure that is a lot of eating out, but I need something close and if the Hyatt actually had fridge's in the room (that you didn't have to pay $25 a night to rent!) I would bring some more of my own food. Drinks and snacks are going to be mostly from Mitsuwa since that is on the way to the con for me and I need my ramune!
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 09:55 PM

The ACen programming guide is pretty helpful too. They give you a nice listing of restaurants that deliver to the hotel.
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Posted 09 February 2007 - 10:20 PM

View PostGeneralNacho, on Feb 7 2007, 05:14 AM, said:

That Mexican restaraunt by the convention center. Possibly hotel food. They're probably pretty pricy though. There's not much I can cook for myself in a hotel. I guess there's always microwavable food which I may end up bringing.
Anybody able to help with something though? My friend that's coming is a vegan and it's impossible to find places to eat that have vegan friendly food. Mind you this isn't vegetarian, she doesn't eat anything. Trying to ask people like myself is pretty much pointless because we don't even look at the menu so hotel staff never has a clue. Somebody on the boards has to know a vegan though, right?



I love Mexican. Does this Mexican restaraunt deliver?
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View PostFemme Fatale, on Feb 10 2007, 04:20 AM, said:

I love Mexican. Does this Mexican restaraunt deliver?



I don't believe so. I don't think I've ever seen a Mexican restaraunt deliver before. I guess I've never really paid attention though. ;)

Maria's Mexican Restaurant
9440 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60018
(773) 992-2288

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