For an upscale twist on your typical pub fare, The Tap House Grill is a delicious pick, offering tasty burgers and an extensive tap list.
The Tap House Grill is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at The Tap House Grill.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at The Tap House Grill.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at The Tap House Grill.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
The Tap House Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
You can also have The Tap House Grill cater your next event.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, The Tap House Grill is located near both options.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Your tab at The Tap House Grill will generally run you about $30 per person.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
So when you want to catch the game with dinner and a drink, settle into The Tap House Grill for the best of both worlds.
The Tap House Grill is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So when you just need a place to go, The Tap House Grill is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Glen Ellyn.
A Toda Madre: A User’s Guide
Mexican Cuisine | Organic Ingredients | Gluten-Free Options
Appetizer: guacamole of the day
Entree: sautéed-octopus tacos
Dessert: carlota—Mexican cookies with tequila cream and key-lime curd
Good to Know:
The Marzcal beer is brewed especially for the restaurant by Marz Community Brewing
There's no store-bought mix here—all cocktails are made fresh to order (please allow 6–10 years for lime trees to fully mature)
Ceviche: fresh, raw fish marinated in citrus juices and various seasonings
Chilaques: a Mexican dish traditionally made to use up leftovers, often featuring sautéed tortilla strips, veggies, cheese, and chorizo, chicken, or beef
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Sip BYOB wine while creating your own version of a famous masterpiece at [Bottle & Bottega] (http://bottleandbottega.com/glen-ellyn/) (498 Crescent Boulevard)
After: See a newly released flick at the Glen Art Theatre (540 Crescent Boulevard), which dates to the early 1920s.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Giordano's, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Keep your diet in check at Giordano's, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Giordano's for easy seating.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Giordano's — it's strictly casual.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Giordano's for catering.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Giordano's is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Giordano's, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So head on over to Giordano's, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Giordano's' pizza is oozing with delicious cheese and sauce, so make sure to pick one up on your way home.
Head to Lu's Sushi and Chinese in Glen Ellyn and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Lu's Sushi and Chinese's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Lu's Sushi and Chinese, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Lu's Sushi and Chinese has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Lu's Sushi and Chinese's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Lu's Sushi and Chinese.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Lu's Sushi and Chinese as well.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Lu's Sushi and Chinese.
Lu's Sushi and Chinese s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Lu's Sushi and Chinese time and time again.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Make your way over to Lu's Sushi and Chinese today for some fabulously authentic Chinese cooking.
BLT, club, veggie, and more...Potbelly Sandwich Shop serves sandwiches too tasty to pass up.
At Potbelly Sandwich Shop, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Potbelly Sandwich Shop for a group meal.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this restaurant can get downright loud.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Potbelly Sandwich Shop's business casual code.
You can also have Potbelly Sandwich Shop cater your next event.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Travel by bike to Potbelly Sandwich Shop and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Head on over to Potbelly Sandwich Shop first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Potbelly Sandwich Shop is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Stop making your own measly sandwiches at home and taste the succulent masterpieces at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
In the mood for something sweet? Sugar addicts award sky-high ratings to Panera Bread, a bakery offering bites of the best.
Sometimes there really is something for everyone, and not just something, something delicious. Come to Panera Bread for food that is gluten-free, low-fat, and even vegan.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Panera Bread for easy seating.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Panera Bread with their charming outdoor seating.
The bakery's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Comfort is prioritized at Panera Bread, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Panera Bread's tasty dishes at your next party.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Panera Bread.
Panera Bread offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
You won't find better prices in town than at Panera Bread, so grab all the snacks you can carry.
When your sweet tooth is calling, make your way over to Panera Bread and treat yourself to some bakery goodies.
So for an extra scrumptious spin on sweets, treat yourself to the baked treats at Panera Bread.
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.