El Amigo Foods boasts a high selection of groceries that will help you realize any of your hungry desires in Lake Station.
At El Amigo Foods, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at El Amigo Foods? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
When you're a busy parent on the go, shopping at El Amigo Foods for some canned food might be the perfect way to save you hours a week.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from El Amigo Foods.
Make your own salad dressing in a snap! Oil and vinegar are essential components for a number of common creations, so make sure these guys always have a place in your kitchen.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
If cooking isn't your forte, frozen food is an easy fix. Stock your freezer with delicious meals seven days a week!
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from El Amigo Foods.
Pick up a loaf of bread from El Amigo Foods and get creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner meal planning.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
There is great parking nearby for customers.
So when you want to finish your errands faster, just remember to shop at El Amigo Foods for all your groceries in Lake Station.
Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Subway is a go-to lunch spot in Lake Station's Lake Station district.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Subway.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Subway is all about comfort.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
Listen up, penny pinchers! Subway serves lip-smacking dishes that are full of flavor for next to nothing.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Subway since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The sandwiches at Subway are stacked with tasty ingredients, so swing by today and try one.
Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Lake Station's Papa John's Pizza offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Papa John's Pizza has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Papa John's Pizza for their catering services.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Papa John's Pizza and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Since it first opened in 1969, Wendy’s has been known for its square-shaped, never-frozen burger patties. When asked why the patties are square, founder Dave Thomas once ad-libbed that Wendy’s doesn’t cut corners. The quip came off the cuff, but there’s truth to it. Wendy’s burgers are served straight off the grill, not from under a heat lamp. Its salads are made fresh daily, and its dressings don’t contain preservatives. This commitment to quality has helped it remain the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company, with more than 6,500 restaurants around the globe.
Serving finger-licking flavor is Burger King, a tasty burger house with all the right moves.
At Burger King, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the burger joint and easily park nearby.
At Burger King, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Burger King — swing by for your favorite meal.
Next time you're in the mood for a tasty burger, be sure to stop in at Burger King.
One of the highest-rated restaurants in Lake Station, Johnson's Fish and Shrimp delivers a casual vibe with a fresh menu that features seafood. It's a popular spot for guests interested in outstanding food.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
If you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids.
When you put it all together, chances are you won't walk away from Johnson's Fish and Shrimp disappointed.
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.