Score your next slice at Stephano's Pizzeria — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Stephano's Pizzeria.
Be sure to check out Stephano's Pizzeria's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Stephano's Pizzeria for catering.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Stephano's Pizzeria is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Stephano's Pizzeria's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
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 Stephano's Pizzeria.
With a pizza from Stephano's Pizzeria, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
If you're the type who loves meat roasting on a spit (and seasoned to perfection), the gyros at Lansing's Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry will make you a perfect meal.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Warm weather brings out Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry's highly coveted patio seating.
Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry does not take reservations, so plan accordingly.
Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the restaurant's carryout and delivery options.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry offers bike racks for diners.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry — swing by for your favorite meal.
Some say there is no better food than a gyro. Come on in to Johnny K's Patios Gyros Carry to get one.
If you have a hankering for gumbo or jambalaya, Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is the perfect place to chow down on some spicy Cajun fare.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop — make sure to plan accordingly.
The dress code at Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
That's right! Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is located near endless free parking options.
Head on over to Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Spice up your lunch hour with a delicious Cajun dish from the highly-rated Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Margarita's Restaurant — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Bring the Margarita's Restaurant's great food to your place.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Margarita's Restaurant is located near plenty of options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Margarita's Restaurant.
So treat yourself to something new for lunch or dinner and taste the trends of Mexico at Margarita's Restaurant.
Pop over to Waldo Cooney's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Waldo Cooney's Pizza has something that every stomach will enjoy.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Waldo Cooney's Pizza for catering.
Parking has never been easier at Waldo Cooney's Pizza, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Waldo Cooney's Pizza, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Everyone's talking about Waldo Cooney's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Waldo Cooney's Pizza serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at J J Kelley's.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at J J Kelley's.
J J Kelley's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so J J Kelley's encourages less-than-fancy attire.
For the tastes of J J Kelley's from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near J J Kelley's.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
J J Kelley's happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to J J Kelley's for tasty American fare.
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.
After exiting the gates at Union Park this weekend, the first thing on your mind will likely be finding a place to sit down. These five destinations offer a place to rest your feet, have a drink, eat deep-fried bacon, and maybe even break into a bank vault—if that’s your thing. If not, there’s always dancing.
If you wore heels all day and are ready for whiskey and snails while reclining on a sofa:
Maude’s Liquor Bar | 840 W. Randolph St.
After the last set, drag your weary hooves up to the Green Line platform and head two stops east to Restaurant Row, where you’ll find Maude’s long, leather couches perfect for slouching. The escargot is made in the traditional French style—in one of those absurdly French dishes created exclusively for cradling escargot, piping hot out of the oven and swimming in butter, herbs, and garlic—with plenty of crusty bread. To drink, Maude’s has five kinds of smashes, but you should order the whiskey smash, because it’s my favorite. (If you’re feeling exotic, try the Smokey Violet.)
If your inner biker bro is craving a craft brew:
Twisted Spoke | 501 N. Ogden Ave.
Just a few blocks away up Ogden, Twisted Spoke’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy one of many brews from an enormous beer list—if you’re not sick of being outdoors. If you are, kick back at the long, curving bar with one of its epic bloody marys. Available in a handful of boozy variations (from classic vodka to spicy tequila), each bloody is garnished with a pile of pickled veggies, cheese, and cured meat, and served with a beer back of Genesee Cream Ale. Twisted Spoke also has deep-fried tempura-style bacon—need I say more?
If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tequila in a bank vault:
The Bedford | 1612 W. Division St.
Tucked away beneath the bustling six-way intersection of Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland, the Bedford is a cool, marble-and-chandeliers destination where the lighting is low enough that no one will notice how dusty your shoes are. The rehabbed bank basement invites imbibers to lounge inside the old bank vault—complete with gleaming safe-deposit boxes—on plush chairs and couches or at one of the many tables and booths in the main space. Groups can order a whole bowl of the refreshing (and potentially dangerous) chamomile tequila punch, a combination of chamomile-infused blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda; it’s also available by the glass and half-bowl.
If you fudged your manicure when someone crowd-surfed over you:
Beauty Bar | 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Cashing in on the signature $10 martini-and-mani combo, spiff up your nails at one of the manicure stations while sipping on something called the Relaxer, which is actually just a dirty martini but will likely do the job. With a DJ in the booth every night, you can shake a leg under the disco ball once your nails have dried. (Namely, you can bump 'n' grind to the sounds of R. Kelly on Saturday evening during the city’s longest-running tribute night to the local R&B legend.) Or, you could always take a seat in one of the many '50s-style dryer chairs, pull the bowl down over your head, and not talk to anyone.
If you no longer have the energy to speak but do have the energy to chew:
Au Cheval | 800 W. Randolph St.
The burger topped with cheese and fried egg—which Bon Appétit argues is the best in the nation—is the perfect excuse to sit in silence. This two-patty wonder is stuffed between a soft, chewy bun and will keep you and yours occupied long enough to at least try to conjure up a knock-knock joke or something. Accompanied by a Dr. Devon’s Pickleback (one shot of irish whiskey and another of the housemade pickle brine), the combo will likely leave everyone ready for bed, which is perfect because you’re going to need to rest up to do it all over again tomorrow.
Photo credits: 1. Kari Skaflen – Maude's Liquor Bar 2. Michelle Klosinski – Twisted Spoke 3. Brandon Jones – The Bedford 4. Jessica Schultz – Beauty Bar 5. Kari Skaflen – Au Cheval