Fresh fare can be found at Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Calories take a backseat at Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu.
Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Bring the whole family to Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
At Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood when the weather is warm.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
If time is of the essence, Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood's take-out option may be a better fit.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood will ensure that it is delicious.
Free parking is available to Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood's diners that need it.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood.
Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood can be pricey, so plan accordingly.
Chef Klaus Steak and Seafood accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by La Dolce Vita Della Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on La Dolce Vita Della Pizza's outdoor patio.
Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this pizzeria.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Find a fancy dress for a fancy meal — La Dolce Vita Della Pizza's formal vibe is sure to impress.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
You can also serve food from La Dolce Vita Della Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
Free parking is available in a lot near La Dolce Vita Della Pizza.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at La Dolce Vita Della Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to La Dolce Vita Della Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay La Dolce Vita Della Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at La Dolce Vita Della Pizza is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
If you are looking for a new lunch or dinner spot, make your way over to La Dolce Vita Della Pizza and fill up on Italian fare.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Frankfort's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Buffalo Wild Wings, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this bar.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings' outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Buffalo Wild Wings' free wifi hotspot.
Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this bar, so it's best to save conversation for another location.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Throwing a big party? Count on Buffalo Wild Wings to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this bar.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Buffalo Wild Wings welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Buffalo Wild Wings, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
So get your wing-eating on at Buffalo Wild Wings 1.
Pick up a freshly-baked pie or tasty treat from Panera Bread, and sample a blissful bite (or two) from one of the top-rated bakeries in Frankfort.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Panera Bread — the bakery has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this bakery just as much as their parents do.
A good time will be had by all if you book your next event at Panera Bread.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Panera Bread.
Panera Bread tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Can't stay at this bakery long? Pick up and go home.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Panera Bread to create the perfect night.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at Panera Bread since prices are so low.
So whether you are on the market for cookies or freshly baked bread, Panera Bread has you covered.
If you love bakeries as much as the next person, Panera Bread will surely exceed your expectations.
Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill in Frankfort offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill's patio.
Wifi here is on the house.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill can seat both large and small groups.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this restaurant can get downright loud.
Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Call Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Or, take your food to go.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill.
With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill as often as you like!
Looking for a quick bite to eat? Head on over to Frankfort's Aurelio's Pizza.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Aurelio's Pizza is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
For no extra charge, utilize Aurelio's Pizza's free wifi.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Aurelio's Pizza's patio.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Aurelio's Pizza wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Catering services are also available.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Aurelio's Pizza.
Meals at Aurelio's Pizza usually set you back about $30 per diner.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Aurelio's Pizza and taste test your way through the menu.
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