Score your next slice at Flamingo Pizza of Miller — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Flamingo Pizza of Miller.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Sit outside at Flamingo Pizza of Miller and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the pizzeria is rather noisy.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Flamingo Pizza of Miller is ultra casual.
Flamingo Pizza of Miller is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At Flamingo Pizza of Miller, you can find a parking spot on the street, in a garage or take advantage of a valet service.
Travel by bike to Flamingo Pizza of Miller and store your bike at a nearby rack.
A typical meal at Flamingo Pizza of Miller will set you back less than $30.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Flamingo Pizza of Miller offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So come taste the pizza at Flamingo Pizza of Miller for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Flamingo Pizza of Miller where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Flamingo Pizza of Miller serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Flamingo Pizza of Miller and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Fans of Miller Pizza Co. make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Miller Pizza Co.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Miller Pizza Co.
Casual dining at its best, Miller Pizza Co. customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Miller Pizza Co. prides itself in its delicious catering.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the pizzeria.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Miller Pizza Co.
An average meal at Miller Pizza Co. will set you back about $30.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Miller Pizza Co. come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Miller Pizza Co. for a new take on pizza.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to La Carreta for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at La Carreta.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Catering from La Carreta will take your party to the next level.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
La Carreta is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated La Carreta.
Everyone in Merrillville knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is La Carreta.
For tasty fare with a Mexican twist, make your way over to the highly-rated La Carreta.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Big Daddy's BBQ in Gary.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Wifi access is totally free at Big Daddy's BBQ, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
That's right! Big Daddy's BBQ will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at Big Daddy's BBQ.
If you want finger-licking good barbecue, it's clear you'll want to head straight to Big Daddy's BBQ.
Mind-blowing barbecue awaits you at Big Daddy's BBQ, so head on over for a quick and casual bite to eat.
Passing through Gary with a long drive ahead? Get some rest and a satisfying meal at Majestic Star Casino in Gary.
Majestic Star Casino knows how important it is to stay connected to the web while you travel and that's why wifi is complimentary for all guests.
Post up at Majestic Star Casino and take advantage of the wifi for a small fee.
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!
Long day? Unwind with a quality beverage at the hotel's bar lounge.
Day or night, Majestic Star Casino offers quick and reliable airport transportation services.
With its convenient and affordably priced rooms, you'll love staying at Majestic Star Casino.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Majestic Star Casino.
Create your own sandwich combo at Subway, a local restaurant.
Subway trends toward lighter eating habits, so you won't find many dishes with animal products or gluten on the menu. Fare tends to be low in fat as well.
For the tastes of Subway from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Avoid circling the block and keep your car with the valet service at Subway.
Eat your way through the day at Subway — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So now that you know about the amazing sandwiches at Subway, only one decision remains. Which wich do you try first?
So swing by Subway the next time you need a quick and tasty dining option for lunch or dinner.
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.