Find grocery deals and steals at Strack and Van Til in East Chicago and save money on your overall purchase.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Strack and Van Til will certainly come in hand.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Strack and Van Til and slurp your way to happiness.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
The bread baked at Strack and Van Til gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
If you are starting to run low on oil and vinegar, head on over here and pick up your favorites.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
You can't beat the health benefits of fresh fish, so find a few you like and get to cooking!
Feeling bold and creative? Dress up your next meal with some unique and tasty seasonings and spices from here.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Strack and Van Til? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Strack and Van Til and pick up a sandwich for the road.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Strack and Van Til.
Canned goods are a kitchen staple. Don't be caught without them.
Browse the selection of sandwiches at Strack and Van Til and munch your way to pure happiness.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
You can park your car in one of their many available sentences.
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Visit Grillers for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Whiting's Whiting.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Grillers is creating innovative healthy meals.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Grillers.
Grillers is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Grillers in jeans and a hoodie.
Call Grillers for catering if you have a big event coming up.
This restaurant lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Parking is easy at Grillers, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Grillers offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Looking for tasty and cheap eats? Look no further than Grillers, a local restaurant with affordable prices.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Grillers welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Grillers has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Grillers' restaurant today.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Grillers.
Pack your swimsuit and a bottle of sunscreen! Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago in East Chicago is located right near the beach!
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago is great for families with kids.
Wifi here is on the house.
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After a delicious meal, the fatigue starts to set in. Good thing the walk to your bed isn't too far from the hotel restaurant!
The hotel lounge serves up unique craft cocktails.
This establishment also offers free shuttle bus services for guests during their stay.
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Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Capri Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Take the kids along too — this pizzeria is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
You can't reserve a table at Capri Pizza, so be sure to show up early.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Capri Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
This pizzeria serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Capri Pizza, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Expect your bill at Capri Pizza to come in at around $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the pizzeria, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Capri Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
There's no doubt about it. Capri Pizza out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
For more than 50 years, the staff at Arnie's Dog House has steamed classic Vienna beef hot dogs, Polishes, Italian beef, and other sandwiches and their focus on what's on top of the bun is just as important as what's inside of it. Toppings crown any meal choice, and include ladles full of chili cheese or the Chicago-style treatment for a hot dog, with sport peppers, dill pickle spears, and tomatoes on top. Arnie's toppings are so popular, they even come as a standard part of many menu items: cheese fries get more interesting with a sprinkling of bacon, and tamales come with gooey chili. Side items including fried pickles, cheese sticks, and funnel-cake fries help round out the menu. The team cooks up these favorites in addition to other items such as loose hamburgers, corn dogs, Italian sausages, and pizza puffs for meals to be eaten in house or delivered to your door still sizzling, cooking meals quicker than even the competitors of the Lunch Lady World Championship Games.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Winey Beach Cafe in Whiting is the place to be.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Keep it casual at Winey Beach Cafe — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Winey Beach Cafe can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Winey Beach Cafe's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
Winey Beach Cafe is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
The average check at Winey Beach Cafe will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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.