Going out to eat doesn't always have to be such a process or special occasion. You have a regular life, and we get that. You have a job that doesn't pay you enough, a boss you don't like, and annoying errands to run. YES HONEY. WE WILL GET THE MILK. It also means you sometimes go to the gym during the week. Or maybe you don't go to the gym, but you do like wearing workout clothes because they're super comfortable. Either way, you need to eat.
That's why we put together a guide for a number of places, both healthy and not so much, that you can easily pop into. Here's where to eat in your gym clothes.
To be honest, if you're not in gym-like attire or pajamas at Athenian Room then you're not doing it right. It's one of the best places for a casual meal, which means no buttons allowed on your pants. Buttons are the worst.
The beauty of living in L.A. is you can walk into almost anywhere in Lululemon pants because that's just L.A. life. And if that's allowed in real L.A then it's obviously allowed inside the fake Santa Monica confines of Summer House in Lincoln Park.
Crisp is hands down one of our favorite spots to pop into for a quick bite. The bad news is the best thing here is fried chicken, which might not sound ideal if you actually worked out. The good news is their takes on bibimbap and Korean burritos are much lighter and also excellent.
The menu here is what makes Beatrix an enticing place when you're looking sporty. Fresh squeezed juices like the carrot, apple, and ginger snap are available breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus other healthy salads and sensible entrees. You can't serve that kind of healthy food in River North and not expect people to show up straight from Soul Cycle.
No need to look respectable when you look like an idiot slurping noodles and hot soup into your mouth anyway. Head to Ramen Takeya in sweats or shorts and grab a table or post-up at the bar. Nobody will care what you're wearing, as long as you're wearing something.
We're considering moving into one of the apartments near Wyler Road so we can become regulars. There's no bad time to be here, and that includes after athletic activity. Reward yourself with a short rib sandwich and a milkshake, or keep it lighter with a smoked salmon sandwich instead.
Xoco is the most laid-back spot in the empire of King Bayless, and for good reason. The counter-service joint is best for easy sandwiches and caldos, which are giant soups.
You might already be nodding your head in agreement because you eat at Doc B's five days a week post working out. And if you're not, know that there are already a lot of people who eat at Doc B's five days a week post working out.
Quartino's use has no bounds. You can hit up Quartino whenever in whatever you want, which includes the outfit you just took a run in. That's especially true in the summer when you can post up on their patio.
Del Seoul is a beautiful fusion of two cuisines is greater than the sum of the parts. They offer Korean/Californian-inspired street food in the form of sweet and spicy tacos, pork belly laden French fries, and other more traditional Korean dishes. It’s not a great place to sit and laze around, but in this instance that's not what you need. Get in, eat tacos, get out.
Irazu is an open-air restaurant in the summer that's enclosed with an awning and some fake windows in the winter. That means it's basically like eating on the beach. You can wear anything when eating on the beach, which means you can wear anything when eating Costa Rican food at Irazu.
Kyoto is a shining beacon of light near DePaul, even though it's below street level on a block of salons, bars, and takeout counters. The sushi is good and the atmosphere is always low-key, so no need to go home and change before you catch up with your friends over dinner.
Need a quick sandwich? Hit CBA for one of their bagel steamwiches, which are delicious, meaty steamed bagel sandwiches. Yes, they’re steamed, so we don't want to hear complaints from the bagel purists. It's location makes it a casual spot for everyone, including college students and families with babies in tow. If that baby can be in a onesie then we're allowed to wear anything we want too.
What exactly is En Hakkore? Fast, pretty cheap, yet interesting Korean fusion food in a small space. The menu is pretty slim, but it works, because there is enough variety in three major items to hit a separate craving - bibimbap, sashimi-bap (a salad with sashimi), and paratha tacos, which are all great.
Eleven City is what happens when the style and pizzaz of a greasy spoon diner makes love to a Jewish deli. You can get milkshakes, breakfast all day, and giant corned beef sandwiches all in the midst of fluorescent signs. There's never a bad time for either diners or delis, especially together, just like there's never a bad time for a bowl of matzah ball soup.
Three Greens Market has morphed into a mini Soho House in River North, and that's a good thing. There's a hot and cold salad bar, Small Cheval burgers, Dillman's pastrami sandwiches, and an entire coffee shop area great for hanging. You'll see people working and having business meetings during the day, plus twenty-something's swinging through for a beer and board games at night. There's no wrong way to check out 3 Greens Market.