From local goods to national brands, the grocery items at Wasso's Foods in Harvey are sure to meet your standards.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Check out the staple deli menu at Wasso's Foods and purchase an assortment of yummy items for your next dinner party.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Wasso's Foods and stay on the go all the time.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
It's about time you said goodbye to cooking and said hello to the convenience of the frozen food offered here.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
When you're looking for dinnertime shortcuts, Wasso's Foods provides an eclectic assortment of canned foods to make the most of your time while keeping you nourished.
Choose from meaty and veggie favorites at Wasso's Foods and munch your way through a tasty sandwich.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Wasso's Foods and pick up some fresh noodles.
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Wasso's Foods.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Wasso's Foods.
Spices and seasonings make every meal more flavorful, so expand your horizons and try some new ones.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
So save some extra cash by eating at home and pick up some must-have grocery items from Wasso's Foods in Harvey.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Nuno's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Bring the Nuno's Pizza's great food to your place.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the pizzeria.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Nuno's Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Nuno's Pizza.
If you are in search of a satisfying meal that won't leave you broke, then look no further than Birrieria Y Taqueria Arand. The good quality, set in a relaxed environment, will have you visiting again and again.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you aren't going to sacrifice any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
If you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids.
To sum everything up, a trip to Birrieria Y Taqueria Arand is definitely worthwhile.
Fans of Geneo's Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Geneo's Pizza.
Geneo's Pizza honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Through their catering service, Geneo's Pizza can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
Taste the greatness Geneo's Pizza is serving up with meals around $30.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Geneo's Pizza is at the top of the list.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Geneo's Pizza.
For tasty American fare, head to Denvers Restaurant for a sandwich and side.
Denvers Restaurant serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Denvers Restaurant.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Denvers Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Denvers Restaurant.
A highly-rated destination in Harvey, Alpha is a terrific fast food restaurant with a phenomenal menu. Stop in for the good quality and stay for lightning-fast service. You'll be a regular at Alpha before you know it.
Though the prices are considered to be lower than average, you aren't going to sacrifice any quality.
If you're in a hurry, you can always take advantage of the convenient take-out menu.
When you add everything up, Alpha is a tasty choice when you're in the mood for unique international cuisine, and want to branch out from the regular ol' Chinese/Mexican/Italian fare. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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.