Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market boasts fine, selected produce and various packaged foods to elevate your grocery experience in Des Plaines.
If slimming down is on the agenda, note that the food here is anything but low in fat.
Craving a late-night snack? Treat yourself to a canned good from Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market and satisfy your craving.
A wide selection of spices and seasonings are also available.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market takes the word deli to a whole new level and offers much more than just sandwiches.
Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to one of the freshly baked sandwiches from Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market.
The bread baked at Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market and feel energized all day.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
At Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
When you want to elevate your cooking's taste, you'll definitely want to keep your kitchen well stocked with the vinegar and oil offered here.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market.
So if you're looking for only the best ingredients to use in your cooking, look no further than Joe Caputo and Sons Fruit Market in Des Plaines.
Fans of Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Enjoy Italian at its best and choose from specialty pastas and pizzas just the way you like them.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Your group can sit comfortably at Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria, a local restaurant.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Catering services are also available.
This pizzeria lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Free parking is available to Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria's diners that need it.
Prices at Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Visit Little Villa Restaurant and Pizzeria for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
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Freshness is the focus at American WildBurger. The chefs' high-quality ingredients include all-natural cheeses and meats free of antiobiotics, preservatives, and hormones. Plus, everything is made to order, so every meal is personalized.
Chicago BBQ, an all-beef patty with country barbecue sauce, smoked gouda, sautéed onions, tomato, and mozzarella on a pretzel bun
You’re My Boy Bleu, an all-beef patty with blue cheese, bacon, mushrooms, grilled onions, tomato, and lettuce on a pretzel bun
Washington Salmon, blackened salmon with avocado, tomato, and mango barbecue sauce on an egg bun
Be a Burger Architect: If you’re not feeling one of the signature burgers, it may be time to strike out on your own. You’ll start with a choice of protein—beef, chicken, turkey, bison, or WildBurger (see below)—and sandwich it in a pretzel, egg, whole-wheat, or gluten-free bun. Then you’ll gussy it up with a choice of eight cheeses and nine toppings, and, finally, a sauce such as chipotle mayo, garlic aioli, or spicy goat.
Walk on the Wild Side: For anyone having trouble settling on just one protein, the WildBurger patty might offer the perfect solution. It’s a three-way combination of beef, chicken, and turkey.
Where the Beef Isn’t: You can substitute a turkey burger or portobello mushroom for any beef patty with no extra charge.
Spice Up Your Side: The cajun fries offer a zesty take on the classic burger side dish. For something even more out-of-the-ordinary, try the calamari ceviche. This gluten-free option is prepared with onions, bell peppers, tomato, mango, avocado, lime juice, jalapeños, and cilantro.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Countryside Saloon's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
The patio tables outside of Countryside Saloon are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Countryside Saloon is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Hop online in no time using Countryside Saloon's free wifi.
The weeknight rush is in full force at Countryside Saloon, so anticipate a wait if you go after work.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Countryside Saloon — it's strictly casual.
Catering from Countryside Saloon will take your party to the next level.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Countryside Saloon.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Why not end the meal on a sweet note? Treat yourself to some of the best desserts in town at Countryside Saloon.
Everyone's talking about Countryside Saloon. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
So bring your appetite to Countryside Saloon. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Countryside Saloon, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
A tasty pizza form Countryside Saloon is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
Ginger-infused entrees and chili-based sauces flood the menu at House of Szechwan, where the Chinese fare is applauded as top-of-the-line and diners dish out star reviews.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
House of Szechwan offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
For the tastes of House of Szechwan from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
The lot adjacent to House of Szechwan provides free parking for diners.
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.
An average meal at House of Szechwan will set you back about $30.
House of Szechwan accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
So for an upscale meal, come indulge in the Chinese food at House of Szechwan.
Isn't it time for a takeout night from this amazing Chinese restaurant?
For a quick curry, Des Plaines' Thai Square Restaurant is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Traditional vegan food is offered at Thai Square Restaurant.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Thai Square Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
No need to dress up for a trip to Thai Square Restaurant — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Can't get enough of Thai Square Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Thai Square Restaurant offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Thai Square Restaurant.
Thai Square Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Keep it easy and breezy with casual Thai food at Thai Square Restaurant.
If you're looking for an authentic Thai restaurant in the area, make your way over to Thai Square Restaurant and enjoy some good eats.
So when more than one cuisine is calling your name, eat your way through the Asian-fusion menu at Thai Square Restaurant and experience a world of flavor.
Next time you're searching for a mellow meal out, Thai Square Restaurant is here to serve a beautiful blend of Asian-inspired fare.
Cindy Espinosa has cooked almost every dish on the menu at Nellie’s (2458 W. Division St.), the Humboldt Park luncheonette she co-owns with her husband, Pablo. Yet she’s never attempted mofongo, a dish of mashed fried plantains that’s a Puerto Rican tradition.
“I see it being made,” she said. “I know how it’s made, but I’ve never tried it.”
It’s easy to see why. The cooking process, which I watched unfold in Nellie’s kitchen, is pretty involved, with a lot of hand-mashing and frying. “It’s more of a Friday-night dinner type of thing,” Pablo said. “You might eat it once a month at home.”
Yet the final result—a dome of fried plantain that diners can moisten with a dip into housemade chicken broth—is worth the work. Here’s how Cindy and Pablo’s cook, Carmen, makes it.
Carmen first peels and chops green plantains, the same fruits used in the restaurant’s jibaritos and tostones. According to Pablo, the restaurant goes through a crate of about 50 green plantains every week.
Then Carmen tosses them into a deep-fryer with some chopped tocino, or pork lard. When the lard has cooked down to a salty, crispy crunch, she dumps it and the plantains into a type of mortar and pestle called a pilon. “Every Puerto Rican household should have one,” Cindy said. The pilon’s concave bottom is what gives a serving of mofongo its distinctive dome-like shape.
In Puerto Rico, you see “all types of sizes” of pilon, Pablo said. That includes some as large as a butter churn, which sit on the floor. Nellie’s is a tabletop model, about 6 inches tall, wooden, and covered in carvings. It makes only one portion of mofongo at a time, which can make things hectic for Carmen on a busy weekend day. (All that mashing “takes an arm,” Cindy said.)
Making mofongo to order gives the staff flexibility to tailor each serving. For instance, Carmen can leave out the tocino to make a vegetarian version of the dish. (Both Espinozas have been vegetarian for a year and a half.) Other versions on the menu include iterations with shrimp in place of tocino or with a mound of chicken, shrimp, or steak nestled inside the dome. Mofongo can also be a side order to fried chicken (chicharron de pollo) or fried pork.
I get to sample the classic, main-course version.
The mofongo dome appears next to a small silver tureen filled with housemade chicken broth for dipping. There is still a big chunk of meat and bone floating in it, as well as a big, soft carrot that I devour, savoring its umami flavors. Moistened with a little broth, the green plantains lose their fibrous dryness to become melt-in-your-mouth comfort food; the bits of tocino provide an occasional kick of salt.
I send a mental thank-you to Carmen’s arm for providing this food. I hope it was worth the work.
Photo credit: Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
To many Chicagoans, the neighborhoods south of Roosevelt Road seem to be a culinary wasteland. To Jimalita Tillman, Chicago native and executive director of the Harold Washington Cultural Center and Performing Arts Theatre (4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.), fine-dining opportunities definitely exist on the South Side—if you give them a chance.
Because many of these restaurants depend on word of mouth, Tillman said, the advertising budgets of their more northern competitors often trump their oral marketing, and so she often spends “all day” giving South Side restaurant recommendations to area visitors and theater-goers.
“There are many great places [to eat] throughout these areas,” she said. “It really depends on what you’re in the mood for.”
And if you're in the mood for a little musical and cultural Chicago history to pair with your meal, you don't have to travel far from the landmark arts center. The Harold Washington Cultural Center, in the former location of the historical Regal Theater where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald once performed, is right in the heart of the Black Metropolis—a region marked by the culture and Southern-inspired music scene that developed during the Great Migration. Today, Bronzeville is still flavored with leftovers from its swinging past.
To savor alongside your meal, we paired each of Tillman’s restaurant recommendations with a few musical, historical, and cultural tidbits.
4655 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL 60653
It’s the quick and personable service that makes this gourmet hot-dog eatery a standout, Tillman said. Of course, Chef Cliff Rome serves the usual Chicago-style hot dog, but it’s the varied wiener and burger options he creates that color H-Dogs’ menu with the fine-dining flair he perfected while studying in Paris. The Healthy Hound—a grilled veggie dog with sprouts, roasted peppers, red onions, and cucumbers—sits alongside salmon burgers, turducken sausages, and portobello-mushroom sandwiches without the least bit of tattletaling or fighting over who had the mustard first. Sweet-potato or truffle fries complete the gourmet-on-the-go experience.
Bite of History: The gourmet hot-dog diner sits in a historical building that was once known as 47th Street Marketplace. Before a 2010 fire destroyed the building, it was considered a symbol of the revitalization of Bronzeville and housed Tillman’s Spoken Word Cafe—one of the original hosts of HBO’s Def Poetry series hosted by hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def.
2. Pearl’s Place
3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653
“I’m a breakfast head,” said Tillman—as are many in the crowd of diners waiting to get inside for brunch on any given Sunday. The kitchen cooks up a mix of Southern and soul food—yes, there’s a difference—but Pearl’s Place sprinkles it with the right amount of creole flavor. After sampling Pearl’s juicy yet crispy fried chicken, sautéed salmon croquettes, or all-day breakfasts of vegetable omelets or homestyle pancakes, it seems only right to finish with a bite or two of peach cobbler or sweet-potato pie.
Bite of History: The interior decor, with album jackets and vinyl records lining the walls, features a photo story of the neighborhood’s jazz and blues history with jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Lena Horne—all of whom graced the stage at the Regal Theater during Bronzeville’s musical heyday.
3. Norman’s Bistro
1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago, IL, 60653
The bistro’s entrees—including vegetable confetti ravioli, smoked cranberry salmon, and the Great Duck burger—offer an upscale taste-bud experience at “South Side prices,” Tillman said. From the food to the decor, presentation is an art in this sleek and classy spot featuring creole-inspired American food with a Brazilian flair. In the exposed-brick, art-filled wine bar, sommeliers pour from an extensive list of wines. Separate from the dining room, the intimate setting of the bar creates an ideal spot for the happy-hour crowd.
Bite of Culture: On Sundays at 9 p.m., the bistro hosts a live jazz jam session. Or make an appointment and walk over to Gallery Guichard—housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century Italiante row house—to peruse its African-diaspora art and blown glass, sculptures, and photography by local as well as international artists.
Photography by Andrew Nawrocki.
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.