Taisan Chef does a Chinese dumpling justice, and diners come here to enjoy a five-star meal.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Taisan Chef has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Taisan Chef patrons come in casual attire.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Taisan Chef will ensure that it is delicious.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Taisan Chef accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
So pay Taisan Chef a visit today and treat yourself to come upscale Chinese fare.
You've definitely found your Chinese place with Taisan Chef's scrumptious eats.
All your favorite culinary influences await you at Taisan Chef where a fusion of Asian-style dishes are ready to win over a wide range of taste buds.
Next time you're searching for a mellow meal out, Taisan Chef is here to serve a beautiful blend of Asian-inspired fare.
Visit T.G.I. Friday's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Your body is a temple, so why not opt for healthy food that also tastes great? T.G.I. Friday's serves shockingly delicious vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free dishes.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at T.G.I. Friday's — attire is casual.
Through their catering service, T.G.I. Friday's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
You can also grab your food to go.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Prices at T.G.I. Friday's are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, T.G.I. Friday's is a great dining option for any time of day.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at T.G.I. Friday's.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at T.G.I. Friday's and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
The gas-filled, sky-faring vessels known as zeppelins captured the imaginations of engineers, artists, and storytellers around the world. They also less famously inspired Lithuanian dumpling masters, who borrowed the vehicle's name for their meat-filled creations. While the aircraft landed permanently because of their impractical nature, their culinary counterparts took off, creating an iconic local cuisine. Old Vilnius Cafe's chefs import the recipes for these golden delicacies, expanding American palates with staple Eastern European flavors. They also treat visitors to a huge array of dishes from across Poland, Lithuania, and Russia, pan-frying potato pancakes and boiling vats of hot beet stew. The intrepid explorer of their vast menu even can find beef tongue hidden among their specials, which they can pair with cool Lithuanian beer poured directly into the mouth from a comrade’s hands.
After a meal, guests can visit the souvenir shop, which features books, music, and crafts from the proprietors' native lands. There, they'll also find glittering bits of Baltic amber, the former tree sap turned jewel prized for its rich color.
Swing by McDonald's for a quick burger and fries.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on McDonald's' seasonally available outdoor seating.
Your large group can all sit together at McDonald's.
Not to be overlooked is McDonald's' no-charge wifi.
Comfort is prioritized at McDonald's, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
At McDonald's, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at McDonald's — they're open for all three meals.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So don't let a good burger pass you by. Stop by McDonald's today and try one of the signature burgers.
So make your way over to McDonald's for a quick bite to eat and satisfy your hunger cravings.
Culvers will satisfy your craving for classic burgers topped with all your favorite fixin's.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this burger joint with its kid-friendly fare.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Culvers does not take reservations, so plan accordingly.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Culvers is ultra casual.
If time is of the essence, this burger joint's take-out option may be a better fit.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Culvers as well.
Park in the open lot next to Culvers and score easy and free parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Culvers.
For a juicy burger piled high with all your favorite toppings, be sure to try Culvers.
Try one burger at Culvers and you will definitely want to come back for more!
So when you're craving a burger that's unlike the rest, head over to Culvers and try one of the highly-rated options.
Visit Royal Shield Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Darien's Darien.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Royal Shield Restaurant has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Royal Shield Restaurant's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
At Royal Shield Restaurant, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Wallets are fragile things. That's why we don't break them. Food typically priced under $15.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Royal Shield Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Royal Shield Restaurant and treat yourself to an American classic.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Royal Shield Restaurant.
Clockwise from top: Birria in action—rich, briny consommé and tender goat meat, stewed for hours with bay leaves, cinnamon, and other spices. // Ceramic bowls absorb the birria's heat, keeping the broth warm throughout meals. // When Rick Bayless recommended Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan to "Esquire" magazine, he described the eatery’s birria as "full of flavor, incredibly homey and satisfying."
In Ocotlán in Jalisco, Mexico, the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees. That's mild by Chicago standards; however, when the Reyes family immigrated 2,000 miles from Ocotlán to Chicago, they brought with them a recipe that would prove thoroughly compatible with the colder weather. That recipe is birria—a savory stew made by simmering goat meat for hours with herbs and spices. On a cold day in mid-March, I made a trek across town to the family's Pilsen restaurant, Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan, to taste it myself.
As soon as I entered the eatery, I smelled the warm, rich aroma of simmering goat meat. Goats were also present in the decor: miniature replicas decorated shelves and cupboards, and a mounted goat head kept watch over the booths, a toothpick dangling humorously from its lips.
After I ordered birria at the counter, a server presented me with three dishes. The smallest held pickled onions and lime wedges, which are traditional birria condiments, and an oblong basket cradled warm, fresh tortillas. The largest bowl brimmed with rich, briny consommé, chopped onions and cilantro, and hunks of tender goat meat.
The first spoonful of broth tasted bright and smoky with hints of ancho peppers and cinnamon. I separated a piece of goat meat with light pressure from my spoon. Leaner than beef, the meat still had pieces of bone inside, which infused the meat with the flavor of their marrow. The crisp onions and fragrant cilantro stood out against the birria's savory elements to create a harmony of flavors that was especially comforting on a cold day.
After exiting the gates at Union Park this weekend, the first thing on your mind will likely be finding a place to sit down. These five destinations offer a place to rest your feet, have a drink, eat deep-fried bacon, and maybe even break into a bank vault—if that’s your thing. If not, there’s always dancing.
If you wore heels all day and are ready for whiskey and snails while reclining on a sofa:
Maude’s Liquor Bar | 840 W. Randolph St.
After the last set, drag your weary hooves up to the Green Line platform and head two stops east to Restaurant Row, where you’ll find Maude’s long, leather couches perfect for slouching. The escargot is made in the traditional French style—in one of those absurdly French dishes created exclusively for cradling escargot, piping hot out of the oven and swimming in butter, herbs, and garlic—with plenty of crusty bread. To drink, Maude’s has five kinds of smashes, but you should order the whiskey smash, because it’s my favorite. (If you’re feeling exotic, try the Smokey Violet.)
If your inner biker bro is craving a craft brew:
Twisted Spoke | 501 N. Ogden Ave.
Just a few blocks away up Ogden, Twisted Spoke’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy one of many brews from an enormous beer list—if you’re not sick of being outdoors. If you are, kick back at the long, curving bar with one of its epic bloody marys. Available in a handful of boozy variations (from classic vodka to spicy tequila), each bloody is garnished with a pile of pickled veggies, cheese, and cured meat, and served with a beer back of Genesee Cream Ale. Twisted Spoke also has deep-fried tempura-style bacon—need I say more?
If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tequila in a bank vault:
The Bedford | 1612 W. Division St.
Tucked away beneath the bustling six-way intersection of Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland, the Bedford is a cool, marble-and-chandeliers destination where the lighting is low enough that no one will notice how dusty your shoes are. The rehabbed bank basement invites imbibers to lounge inside the old bank vault—complete with gleaming safe-deposit boxes—on plush chairs and couches or at one of the many tables and booths in the main space. Groups can order a whole bowl of the refreshing (and potentially dangerous) chamomile tequila punch, a combination of chamomile-infused blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda; it’s also available by the glass and half-bowl.
If you fudged your manicure when someone crowd-surfed over you:
Beauty Bar | 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Cashing in on the signature $10 martini-and-mani combo, spiff up your nails at one of the manicure stations while sipping on something called the Relaxer, which is actually just a dirty martini but will likely do the job. With a DJ in the booth every night, you can shake a leg under the disco ball once your nails have dried. (Namely, you can bump 'n' grind to the sounds of R. Kelly on Saturday evening during the city’s longest-running tribute night to the local R&B legend.) Or, you could always take a seat in one of the many '50s-style dryer chairs, pull the bowl down over your head, and not talk to anyone.
If you no longer have the energy to speak but do have the energy to chew:
Au Cheval | 800 W. Randolph St.
The burger topped with cheese and fried egg—which Bon Appétit argues is the best in the nation—is the perfect excuse to sit in silence. This two-patty wonder is stuffed between a soft, chewy bun and will keep you and yours occupied long enough to at least try to conjure up a knock-knock joke or something. Accompanied by a Dr. Devon’s Pickleback (one shot of irish whiskey and another of the housemade pickle brine), the combo will likely leave everyone ready for bed, which is perfect because you’re going to need to rest up to do it all over again tomorrow.
Photo credits: 1. Kari Skaflen – Maude's Liquor Bar 2. Michelle Klosinski – Twisted Spoke 3. Brandon Jones – The Bedford 4. Jessica Schultz – Beauty Bar 5. Kari Skaflen – Au Cheval