Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of steak, chops, and more at Polo Café and Catering, located in Bridgeport on Morgan Street, a mile west of U.S. Cellular Field. This deal is valid for dine-in only, and reservations are required.
Nestled inside what used to be a candy store, Polo Café has been supplying the South Side with a fresh and familiar menu of down-home cooking since 1985. Mouthfuls of grilled extra-jumbo shrimp ($8.50) and baked crab-cake nuggets ($6.50) will prime throat valves for chef-owner Dave Samber's succulent cuts of 8 oz. filet mignon (market price) or a marinated pork chop ($18.50). All steaks and chops, like library books, are packed with imagination-boosting flavors and can be char-grilled to order. If you're in a more marine mood, Chef Samber's southern-fried tilapia fillets ($14.50) recently starred at the Taste of Chicago, where they famously lit their electric guitars on fire. Finish your feast with a sweet and chocolatey crème brûlée au chocolat ($8.50), or stack six of them to build an edible staircase to seventh heaven.
In keeping with its role as neighborhood institution, Polo Café frequently hosts local weddings, private parties, and formal monster mashes next door inside a converted turn-of-the-century nickelodeon—an elegant candlelit chamber that features a magnificent three-manual Rodgers 360 Theatre Organ and a solid walnut Wurlitzer grand piano. Professional musicians regularly stop by to tickle the ivories of both until they erupt into jazzy giggles. Take a moment to admire the atmosphere before dining decadently at Polo Café and Catering.
Find more restaurants in Chicago.
Polo Café and Catering has a four-star average on Yelp:
Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A.
A top-5 rating from TripAdvisor.com doesn't happen overnight. Just ask Dave Samber, whose Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A., a mile west of U.S. Cellular Field, currently ranks among Chicago's most popular restaurants. Since opening in 1990, the restaurant has earned a reputation as an adventurous spot where guests can feast on lamb chops and sandwiches served on warm French baguettes. On weekends, the restaurant also opens its doors early for two signature brunches: Saturday's Bloody Mary Brunch pairs horseradish-dosed bloodies with tasty takes on classics like Polo Café favorite Eggs Benedicto XVI and french toast, while Sunday's Gospel Brunch treats diners to a soulful serenade from singers backed by a live organ.
Samber and his dedicated staff share their delicious food served with Chicago hospitality amid the green and white diner's tin ceiling, tufted booths, polo-green tablecloths. The vintage glamour is only interrupted by framed accolades and a colorful 12-foot chalkboard created in 1986 to welcome guests to the historic Bridgeport neighborhood, home to five of Chicago's mayors. The adjacent Old Eagle Room, a repurposed theater built in 1914, accommodates up to 100 banqueters on its main and mezzanine levels. These guests enjoy entertainment from a Rodgers 360 theater organ or a 20-channel audio system after storing cars in free lighted parking lots.