A melting pot of global influences in Hazel Crest, Wing Wah Restaurant serves a blend of Asian cuisines.
Eat healthy and feel better with Wing Wah Restaurant's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Wing Wah Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
Wing Wah Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
So get ready for some inventive Asian cooking at Wing Wah Restaurant where every dish blends together a number of cultures.
Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Hazel Crest's Ariston Drive In will fill you up in a hurry.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Ariston Drive In is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
A typical meal at Ariston Drive In will set you back less than $30.
So next time you're in a rush, you can count on Ariston Drive In to serve you up quick and tasty eats.
Bolzano's Pizzeria's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this East Hazel Crest spot one of the best around.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Whether you have a large or small group, Bolzano's Pizzeria can accommodate both.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
Enjoy a filling and affordable meal without going over your budget at Bolzano's Pizzeria.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Bolzano's Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Bolzano's Pizzeria.
Enjoy a hearty meal of steak and potatoes at Hazel Crest's Oasis Beef Hut.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Oasis Beef Hut diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The restaurant is within walking distance to a number of parking options.
Oasis Beef Hut offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Oasis Beef Hut is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
If you are seeking the juiciest and most affordable steaks in town, look no further than Oasis Beef Hut.
Settle down with delicious dumplings and other Chinese favorites at Rice Garden in Hazel Crest.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Rice Garden running under $30 per person.
From sweet to spicy, you're sure to taste all the best flavors of China at Rice Garden.
For flavorful, breaded chicken, head on over to KFC.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at KFC will leave you happy and full.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Bring the KFC's great food to your place.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at KFC — swing by for your favorite meal.
When you come to KFC, you'll love the chicken so much you'll want to order twice.
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.