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Craving Steak And/Or Salad? Head Downtown: Yelp

 Downtown Chicago's two main food groups: salad and steak.
Downtown Chicago's two main food groups: salad and steak.
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DOWNTOWN — When it comes to food, Downtown Chicago knows its steaks and salads.

Steakhouses and salad spots are the most disproportionately popular restaurants in the Loop, South Loop, and Near North Side, according to Yelp. That means steakhouses are 965 percent more prevalent in River North than they are throughout the rest of the city, and salad places are 1,488 percent more popular in the apparently health-conscious South Loop than the rest of Chicago.

Dave Matthews says there are a few interesting nuggets in the data:

Yelp's finding should be unsurprising to anyone who's brokered a power lunch Downtown or grown accustomed to hearing a coworker shake salad in a clamshell container. Among the more notable Downtown steakhouses: Chicago Cut and Gibsons, the top-grossing restaurant in the city. On the lighter side there's Mixed Greens and the forthcoming New York transplant Just Salad

Honorable mentions? On the Near North Side it's French restaurants (+780 percent) and New American (+390 percent). Delis (+498 percent) and Mediterranean places (+420 percent) were also big in the Loop, while the South Loop also has big clusters of diners (+1,427 percent) and sushi (+933 percent).

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