Morgan Street Bistro benefits from the experience of three generations of the James Calvetti family, which has been a big name in Chicago's meatpacking scene since the mid-1970s. Morgan Street Bistro's home delivery service caters to busy, working adults, giving them the tools to create quick but healthy meals. Dedicated to upholding a long-time dedication to freshness and quality, Morgan Street Bistro prepares its meals by carefully selecting meat and seafood, and not adding any extra preservatives or additives, even if they are guaranteed to give their customers super powers.
The fruits of the sea are truly diverse, but to the cooks at Mama Nena's Shrimp House, one saltwater treat stands above all others. That would the humble shrimp, which they serve grilled, boiled, or deep-fried by the pound. Like the weather in Chicago, a new shrimp harvest is brought in each day. The chefs then add sauces and spices to each made-to-order masterpiece to produce Nena's signature bold flavors. They even stuff some of their jumbo shrimp or toss shrimp morsels into soups or Shrimp Mac. The team serves these dishes, along with ocean perch, lake perch, or chicken gizzards, with all-American fried sides such as onion rings, french fries, and jalapeno poppers.
Recipes from South-Central Mexico inspire the chefs at Amelia's Mestizo Grill, but the menu also incorporates familiar Old-World flavors. The spirit of innovation undergirds their commitment to traditional Latin-American staples, with dishes such as the grilled pork tenderloin with roasted quince that the Chicago Reader claimed, "could have come out of a far more pretentious kitchen." Stuffed poblano peppers arrive with a sherry-pecan sauce, and smoky chipotle peppers add a distinctive kick to the Mediterranean-tinged flavors of the grilled rack of lamb and potato gratin.
Coming back to its roots once again, the restaurant's dining room embodies a down-to-earth ambiance, complete with exposed brickwork and simple wooden chairs. A red accent wall adds a splash of color to the space, as do vibrant paintings of flowers, children, and Mexico's first rainbow.
Build-your-own and specialty pizzas abound at Humberto's Pizzeria, but the pizzeria also packs its menu with calzones, pasta, and other tasty eats. Hot dogs, burgers, and baked meatball sandwiches round out the food options, and milk shakes and fruit smoothies satisfy sweet cravings.
One of the oldest surviving businesses in Chicago, Schaller's Pump has been, well, pumping draft beers since 1881. The speakeasy enjoyed a heyday as a gathering place for the rich and powerful during Prohibition, and today it survives as a home away from Comiskey for White Sox fans.
Housed in a tavern that dates back to the 1880s, Shinnick’s Pub is the product of three generations of family history. There are no beers on tap, but plenty of bottled domestics. Located in the shadow of U.S. Cellular Field, this Irish mainstay is liveliest in the hours following a White Sox win.