Falafill is a quick-stop, healthy vegetarian eatery featuring a menu full of falafel-inspired Mediterranean delights. The extremely portable falafel sandwich stuffs four fresh falafel orbs into a white or whole-wheat pita that is garnished to your liking during a self-serve trip to the toppings bar ($4.95). Add a small fountain drink and fried potatoes and declare it a combo to passersby ($7.75). A falafel salad bowl gently lays six falafel balls to sleep on a bed of lettuce and allows items from the toppings bar to dance in their heads ($6.95, combo $9.50)—meal enhancement options at the toppings bar include tabouleh, chickpea salad, beet salad, cilantro chutney, tahini sauce, and pickled ginger. Add flavorful hummus or baba ghanoush to your creation for 50 cents. Sultry sides (add to combo 50 cents, side $2.75) such as fried sweet potatoes perform an elaborate tango of sweet and salty on your taste buds. and freshly squeezed apple, orange, and carrot juices ($3) help customers meet the daily hydration amounts required by Chicago law.
The interior of Barclay's American Grille echoes the eatery's style: classic American with a modern twist. Situated inside the Carleton Hotel, the restaurant pulsates with a comfy yet elegant vibe brought to fruition by wide booths, flat-screen TVs, and modern wall art. But it still pays homage to the history of Oak Park with its historical photos and black-and-white checkered floor. The restaurant itself is even named after village historian and bicycle-shop owner Philander Barclay, who lived in Oak Park from 1878 to 1940.
This vibe also extends to the menu, where chicken and dumplings and slow-roasted prime rib effortlessly mingle with pretzel-crusted rainbow trout and a black bean-quinoa burger. The classic yet modern decor and food results in a space where patrons are equally comfortable watching the big game in the bar during dinner or conducting a formal business meeting while stealing glances at the big game in the bar.
While the perks at each of Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles' three locations vary, the main draw is the same—a menu of specialty waffles, Cajun- and Southern-inspired entrees, and hearty portions of soul food that earned the restaurant a feature on WTTW's Check, Please!. The smorgasbord of time-honored dishes is dotted with modern twists unforeseen by Chubby Checker, including a funnel-cake-inspired fried waffle, a turkey burger topped with turkey bacon, and a fully-loaded fried-catfish salad. Entrees, which can be paired with BYOB beverages at the Oak Park location, include traditional chicken and waffles, catfish dinners with collard greens, and fried chicken gizzards. Jazz musicians amp up the atmosphere at the Evanston and Oak Park eateries as the chefs put finishing touches on meals with sweet-potato pie and peach cobbler.
More than just a burger shack—although it’s worth pointing out those are only $1—Mickey’s serves Italian beef sandwiches, gyros, and rib-eye steak sandwiches, all for $5.29 or less. The restaurant’s piece de resistance: a full slab of barbecue ribs, with fries, cole slaw, and garlic bread. Cap off the meal with a large milkshakes, which comes in flavors such as banana and orange creamsicle,
Featured on the ABC 7 Chicago news segment The Hungry Hound for its healthy dishes, PapaSpiros Greek Taverna uses a bevy of chefs to craft homemade Greek cuisine and their own take on traditional dishes. Diners fuel dance-horror movie marathons with hearty lunch entrees including chicken souvlaki ($7.95) and barbecue lamb sandwiches ($8.95). Come dinner, mousaka ($14.95), bakaliaros—pan-fried codfish served with scordalia and oven-roasted potatoes ($15.95)—and other well-known favorites populate the expansive menu. Guests can top off a meal and satisfy molar-dwelling sucrose czars with desserts such as baklava and rice pudding.