With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe at 400 N LaSalle St. This affordable, downtown Chicago lunch spot serves fresh and healthy sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, paninis, ice cream, and smoothies. You can even sit outside in the summer with the flavored soda of your dreams made from the custom soda machine. Everyone who works at this California deli is naturally built like a Muscle Beach lifeguard; unsurprising, since it takes a lot of strength to swim through that sea of muscles.
Check out Camille's nutrition fact sheet and menu. Everyone loves a dish that rhymes, so try the kickin' BBQ chicken: a pizza with BBQ sauce, red onion, pepper jack cheese, grilled chicken bacon, and fresh chives (it’s healthier and tastier than the rhyming dishes at Sbarro). If that’s not your style, have the Bangkok Thai: a spinach tortilla filled with grilled chicken breast, provolone, romaine, sprouts, carrots, crunchy noodles, water chestnuts, and sesame Oriental dressing.
Camille’s has a 3.5-star average on Yelp. Here’s what a few people had to say:
- "I love Camille's. They have a great selection of food that's perfect for picking up lunch. Also, most sandwiches/wraps come with tricolor chips and salsa on the side, which makes me happy. Their soda machine is my favorite part -- you can add different flavored syrups (vanilla, cherry, or lemon) to any of their fountain drinks. Yay!" - Kate D.
- "I've always had a good time here. If you order carry-out or "dine in" during lunch time there is never too long of a wait. The great thing about their wraps and sandwiches is that they come with tortilla chips and salsa! This is a nice change form your average bag of chips or french fries." - Susan F.
- "The ladies that I work with and I just had Camille's for lunch and we were very impressed. Not only were they speedy, but what we had was so, so good. I had the Michelangelo hot wrap and it was fabulous. One woman that I work with had the Napa Valley Chicken panini which she said had a really great flavor, and the other woman had the Veganini which she said was perfect." - Kate S.
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe used to be called Camille's Street Cafe until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas altered public opinion so substantially that Camille's almost went out of business. Camille’s performed a marketing survey and found that when Chicagoans were given images of California streets, they reacted with disapproval. When shown 2pac and Dr. Dre's 1995 music video "California Love", 98% of Chicagoans were frightened. And although 75% of Chicagoans initially approved of Red Hot Chili Peppers music video "Under the Bridge," once researchers revealed the underlying drug theme, nearly everyone changed their response to one of disapproval. Camille's savvy marketing team quickly responded, re-branding the restaurant with a new name and an ad campaign invoking the wholesome image of Schwarzenegger during his first entrepreneurial endeavor as a child: a sidewalk lemonade and fish wraps stand.
Near North Side
400 N Lasalle Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60654Get Directions