The chefs at Turkey Time celebrate their namesake bird with comfort fare made only from unprocessed, premium turkey. Standing in for fatty pork and beef, this healthy lean poultry finds a home in dishes such as barbecue turkey tips, turkey meatloaf, and smothered turkey chops. The bird lovers slow roast turkey legs until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender and smoke their own turkey breasts for salads and sandwiches. Sides of homestyle mac 'n' cheese, collard greens, and candied yams fill gaps in the plate, while house-made desserts, such as banana-custard pudding, seal in meals and protect sensitive skin from sunburn.
With a patio overlooking the water, Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill feels more like the beach than the city. Between burgers and beers, guests can challenge each other to a beanbag and volleyball tournament or surrender to a squad of flat-screen TVs broadcasting football and basketball.
Wings Around the World seasons chicken wings with more than 40 flavors modeled after the national cuisine of nine countries, such as Jamaica, Greece, and China. Canadian wings drip maple mixings and whisper polite greetings, and jalapeños and chipotle give Mexican wings added kick. The commercial airline-themed restaurant also takes to the sea, feeding hungry travelers tilapia, catfish, perch, and cod dishes. Wings Around the World provides takeout fare, is open seven days a week, and feeds late-night diners until 5 a.m. on Saturdays.
Local barbecue icon Hecky Powell has a list of barbecue-centered commandments. The first on his list: the goods must be fired up in an authentic Chicago barbecue pit. When he took Chicago magazine’s Peter Gianopulos on a tour of the city’s best barbecue spots in 2012, they went to Lem’s Bar-B-Q House for this very reason. Here, at the South Side staple originally opened in 1954 by brothers Bruce and Myles Lemons, the cooks smoke the eatery’s famous rib tips and hot links on a two-tier grill. Everything on the menu can be smothered in Lem’s trademark spicy barbecue sauce, whose secret recipe is only shared with chickens who can read—but can’t speak—human.
The nondescript brick building on a nondescript Hyde Park street corner would be easy to overlook, were it not for the howling blues tunes booming out from within. Past the front hall plastered with press mentions and award clippings, a boisterous crowd of well-dressed locals and wide-eyed college students packs the intimate, rectangular space. They lounge on upholstered vinyl chairs at the floodlit bar, sipping stiff drinks and tapping their feet to the music. Up on the stage stands the source of the infectious melodies—Chicago blues legends like the Mighty World Band and Shorty Mack. The musicians often call for audience participation, when the lively guests unhesitatingly raise their voices to sing along with soulful tunes that earned the joint accolades from the likes of Fodor's and The Travel Channel.
Like any pub found in its namesake counties, Cork & Kerry boasts an interior of dark, shiny wood paneling and exposed brick accented by stained glass windows. Unlike many of those pubs, however, the venue sprawls across 6,000 square feet, its crowning jewel a multi-level beer garden. In summer, the entire garden provides a sunny spot to enjoy one of the 20 beers on tap, a selection anchored by the constant presence of Guinness and Harp. Come winter, a portion of the patio boasts enclosed walls and climate control so that guests can still enjoy Chicago’s sunny, if snowier, vistas.