Take a trip to yumsville and order a burger from Goldyburgers.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Catch the game at Goldyburgers, a local restaurant with TVs.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this bar, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
At Goldyburgers, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Goldyburgers' patio.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Goldyburgers, known for its laid-back ambience.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Goldyburgers also offers catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This bar knows it's carryout.
Tired of difficult commutes? Park the car nearby or take public transit to Goldyburgers.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Goldyburgers.
Goldyburgers is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
The menu at Goldyburgers is filled with creative burger options, so head on over today and treat yourself to a tasty meal that will leave you full for hours.
So when you're craving a burger that's unlike the rest, head over to Goldyburgers and try one of the highly-rated options.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Yum Thai Restaurant.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner is a stop at Forest Park (Blue).
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Yum Thai Restaurant.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Yum Thai Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Yum Thai Restaurant's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
If you're searching for the best of the best in Thai cuisine, Yum Thai Restaurant is your spot.
Your hunt for the best Thai in town is over. A no-frills vibe and sky-high ratings make Yum Thai Restaurant the spot to try.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and Yum Thai Restaurant makes it easy.
So when you're craving the tastes and trends of Thailand, head on over to Yum Thai Restaurant.
Visit O'Sullivans Public House for some true American comfort food.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at O'Sullivans Public House.
Treat your ears to some live tunes — the restaurant frequently features a DJ or band.
Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Catering from O'Sullivans Public House will take your party to the next level.
Tired of difficult commutes? Park the car nearby or take public transit to O'Sullivans Public House.
At O'Sullivans Public House, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
O'Sullivans Public House's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious O'Sullivans Public House.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try O'Sullivans Public House for your next meal.
For a meal that won't leave you hungry, head to McDonald's for a juicy patty and side of your choice — this Forest Park burger joint is squared away in the Forest Park community.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with McDonald's' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Wifi is on the house at McDonald's, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
McDonald's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
No need to gussy up for a trip to McDonald's, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Just through the door at this burger joint, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from McDonald's to create the perfect night.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Forest Park (Blue).
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from McDonald's.
McDonald's offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
McDonald's proves that an amazing meal can be both delicious and affordable.
If breakfast isn't your thing, McDonald's also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the burger joint is open 24 hours a day.
When you order a burger from McDonald's, you're taking a bite into delicious craftsmanship.
The Junction Diner was born from a child's imagination. Kate and Brad Wahl's son Connor had just turned 1 and received a wooden train set. He played for well over an hour, delighting his parents, who had been searching for something that could keep their son's attention. The next step seemed as natural as a locomotive's forward momentum: they opened a train-themed restaurant to cater to parents and their kids.
Inside The Junction Diner, which has earned a Chicago's Best Family Friendly Spots nomination, a long counter wraps around the room's center like a winding train track. Diners sit on either side, and servers move up and down the middle, carrying plates of food with playful, train-inspired names. Customers at the counter itself can even get their meals delivered by an actual train. The aptly titled "Lil Conductor's Menu" delights kids with mini burgers and cheese quesadillas, while older diners peruse "Box Car Burgers" made with certified Black Angus beef and "Junction Wraps" including the buffalo chicken, topped in buffalo sauce, veggies, and a choice of ranch dressing or blue cheese. Near the dining area, a large table with interactive model trains keeps kids busy while their parents finish meals.
Home to Chinese favorites like sweet and sour chicken, Thai Restaurant is a quality neighborhood spot where diners are guaranteed A+ entrees.
Guess what? Thai Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Thai Restaurant cater for you.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Commuting to Thai Restaurant is a breeze with close parking and public transit options.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Thai Restaurant.
Thai Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
So pay Thai Restaurant a visit today and treat yourself to come upscale Chinese fare.
When you are craving some egg rolls or fried rice, pay Thai Restaurant a visit and satisfy your craving.
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.