Prasino serves American-style cuisine in the middle of La Grange's La Grange district.
For a healthier dining option, try one of the many vegan, low-fat, or gluten-free dishes at Prasino.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Prasino is a great location to host a group dinner.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Prasino.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Prasino.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Prasino.
Or, take your food to go.
Safely store your car on the street or with valet at Prasino.
Prasino's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Meals at Prasino are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Prasino has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Prasino.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Prasino.
So give into your craving and stop by Prasino for some trendy and tasty American cuisine.
Pop over to Aurelio's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Aurelio's Pizza.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Aurelio's Pizza's patio.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Aurelio's Pizza is come-as-you-are.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Aurelio's Pizza is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Aurelio's Pizza.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Aurelio's Pizza.
An average meal at Aurelio's Pizza will set you back about $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the pizzeria, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Aurelio's Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Aurelio's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Aurelio's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head over to Aurelio's Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Aurelio's Pizza?
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Santiago's Restaurant, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Santiago's Restaurant has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Santiago's Restaurant and order great food.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Santiago's Restaurant, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
For the tastes of Santiago's Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Guests take to street parking at Santiago's Restaurant's W Calendar Ave spot.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Santiago's Restaurant, so plan your budget accordingly.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
Taste why Santiago's Restaurant's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
So head to Santiago's Restaurant for some tasty Mexican fare.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from Santiago's Restaurant.
Salerno Pincente Ristorante is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
The restaurant offers an extensive list of mouthwatering pizzas and hearty pastas.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like Salerno Pincente Ristorante helping you out.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Give the pizzeria a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Put the suit away when heading to Salerno Pincente Ristorante — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Salerno Pincente Ristorante's tasty dishes at your next party.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Salerno Pincente Ristorante for easy access to parking lots.
Salerno Pincente Ristorante is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Salerno Pincente Ristorante's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Salerno Pincente Ristorante cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Salerno Pincente Ristorante and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Salerno Pincente Ristorante.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Antonino's Ristorante's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
This pizzeria also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Warm weather brings out Antonino's Ristorante's highly coveted patio seating.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Antonino's Ristorante.
Comfort is prioritized at Antonino's Ristorante, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Antonino's Ristorante.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Antonino's Ristorante.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Antonino's Ristorante.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the pizzeria's dinner menu will blow you away.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Antonino's Ristorante.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Antonino's Ristorante, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Antonino's Ristorante.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Antonino's Ristorante and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
Head to Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe, a local Mediterranean restaurant, for good times and good eats.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe is creating innovative healthy meals.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe's beautiful outdoor seating area.
At Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe prides itself in its delicious catering.
Park on the street for easy access to name.
Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Mediterranean meals at Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe may be delicate in flavor, but they will leave you satisfied at the table.
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.