Food at O'hare: Last month I discovered what can best be described as a genuine Greek grill at the end of a concourse (F, I believe) in terminal 2. It is an overflow location for United.
The place offers all the grill standards, fried eggs, omelettes, fried egg sandwiches, sausage, gyros, hot dogs, burgers, and even italian beef. The counter girl gave me crap (her T shirt said something about everyone being idiots, which prompted a discussion of exactly who this was directed to), just like the counter person at a grill is supposed to. It was real, and it was refreshing.
I had a fried egg sandwich, enhanced with the sweet peppers for the I-Beef (at no charge). My daughter had a respectable grilled cheese sandwich. This was a long way from gourmet food, but it was prepared to order, and it tasted just fine. Prices were a bit high, but not as high as most places in O'Hare. I recommend it highly.
On another Board (OA, not CH) a while back, someone recommended Spago in Beverly Hills as one of the best high end places in LA. I went and very much enjoyed my meal. In the review I posted, I mentioned that I was quite pleasantly surprised at the quality in a quasi-chain. I was asked to explain what I meant by a quasi-chain, and I pointed out that from Chicago, Puck's looks like a mid to high end chain of places.
The Puck empire, like LEYE, is a complex thing with competely different offerings at different price points, and Spago is quite good. Has nothing in common with their low end offerings, of course.
Sorry to hear of your experience, Ed. On the other hand, I do not think serving lousy food in an airport is a violation of the public trust deserving of execution. In fact, it is pretty much what is expected, if not required. The error, sadly, was yours - you expected something different. Midway is breaking that rule, and even the one about employees who look permanently sedated. But next time check out Terminal 2,concourse F. It is a walk, though, and you may end up missing the next flight.
Feeling (south) loopy