Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
At Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, you won't have trouble finding a vegan meal option.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Pepe's Mexican Restaurant is located near plenty of options.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Pepe's Mexican Restaurant is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Pepe's Mexican Restaurant your first stop.
So pay Pepe's Mexican Restaurant a visit and get introduced to the many flavors and spices of Mexican cuisine.
Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Dolton's McDonald's will fill you up in a hurry.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at McDonald's.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at McDonald's.
Whether you have a large or small group, McDonald's can accommodate both.
Or, take your grub to go.
In addition to its great location, McDonald's is also located near plenty of parking options.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at McDonald's, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you need a quick and easy solution for lunch or dinner, swing by McDonald's and pick up some tasty eats.
Dolton Village Cafe in Dolton is a popular fast food restaurant that features a delicious menu. Whether you are stopping in for the good quality, friendly service, or both, you will never leave this restaurant unsatisfied.
Though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality.
If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out menu.
When you add it all up, you shouldn't walk away from Dolton Village Cafe disappointed. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
For a solid steak and potato favorite, Philly Steak Express doesn't mess around with its A+ ratings and star-studded reviews.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Philly Steak Express is close to multiple parking options.
Prices at Philly Steak Express are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Philly Steak Express. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
So stop in for dinner at Philly Steak Express, where you can expect an exceptional dining experience.
Swing by White Castle for a quick burger and fries.
You can also have White Castle cater your next event.
Fed up with difficult parking? At White Castle, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy White Castle since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
If you need a quick and easy dinner solution for the whole family, pay White Castle a visit and grab some burgers to go.
For a deliciously quick bite to eat, be sure to stop by White Castle.
Locals flock to sink their teeth into a patty made right from Burger King.
Keep your diet in check at Burger King, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Burger King is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
At Burger King, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Burger King also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Burger King for delicious quality you just can't beat.
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