Visit Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Flossmoor's Flossmoor.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery 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.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery is a great location to host a group dinner.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery with their complimentary wifi.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Don't let that new dress go to waste! Dress it all the way up at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, where fine formal wear is the norm.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery's tasty dishes at your next party.
The lot adjacent to Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery provides free parking for diners.
Commute by bike to Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery and find easy bike parking.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery running under $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.
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So enjoy a casual dining experience at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery and load up on some classic American dishes.
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Aurelio's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
Aurelio's Pizza will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
At this pizzeria, kids of all ages are welcome.
With plenty of room to go around, Aurelio's Pizza also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Wifi access is totally free at Aurelio's Pizza, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Take it nice and easy at Aurelio's Pizza, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Aurelio's Pizza as well.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Aurelio's Pizza.
Just because Aurelio's Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Aurelio's Pizza is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
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 Aurelio's Pizza.
Balagio knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Guess what? Balagio serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Balagio.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
For a dressy dinner, Balagio is just the right place to show off your favorite heels.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Catering from Balagio will take your party to the next level.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Balagio's moderately priced fare.
At Balagio, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Balagio is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
The best flavors of Italy await you at Balagio, so try them out today.
Swing by Fresh Starts for a quick sandwich and side of chips.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Fresh Starts, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Fresh Starts for a group meal.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
You can also have Fresh Starts cater your next event.
Score! Fresh Starts provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
At Fresh Starts, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
So munch and crunch your way through a signature sandwich from Fresh Starts and enjoy your lunch hour.
Who's hungry? Step up to the big leagues at Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House, where each and every steak packs a five-star punch.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House is ready to help you throw the dinner party of your dreams!
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Call Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Stop the stress of trying to find a parking spot and head to the lot next to Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House for parking and valet services.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
So why not find out for yourself why everyone is talking about Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House? Your very own steak is right around the corner.
All the best cuts in town await you at Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House, your new favorite steakhouse.
Panera Bread's baked goods are sure to please every palate, as this hot spot has received positive attention from top-notch ratings.
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.
Eat out with the little ones at this bakery, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
At Panera Bread, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Panera Bread caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Wifi here is on the house.
Call Panera Bread for catering if you have a big event coming up.
This bakery offers carryout for your convenience.
Drivers will jump with joy when they find out about the free parking in the lot next door.
You won't find better prices in town than at Panera Bread, so grab all the snacks you can carry.
Put simply, Panera Bread is your all-in-one shop for savory baked goods.
So whether you prefer a pastry or a pie, Panera Bread is a bakery that has something for everyone.
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.