Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Las Fuentes Restaurant say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Las Fuentes Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Las Fuentes Restaurant's free wifi.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Las Fuentes Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Las Fuentes Restaurant, which embraces a casual vibe.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
At Las Fuentes Restaurant, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Your tab at Las Fuentes Restaurant will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Las Fuentes Restaurant provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So head to Las Fuentes Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Las Fuentes Restaurant is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from Las Fuentes Restaurant.
Visit Riverside Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Riverside Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Seating is readily available at Riverside Restaurant for those with large parties.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Riverside Restaurant.
You can also have Riverside Restaurant cater your next event.
This restaurant offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
At Riverside Restaurant, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Riverside Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Deep pockets not required! Riverside Restaurant takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
A cash-only venue, visitors should consider their bank accounts beforehand.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Riverside Restaurant's restaurant today.
At Riverside Restaurant you can find great American food at any time of the day.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Riverside Restaurant.
Waterworks in Lyons does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the pizzeria offers quite the selection.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Waterworks is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Can't get enough of Waterworks' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Waterworks.
Waterworks offers safe bike parking outside.
Waterworks may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Waterworks is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Waterworks.
Come for a tasty meal at P J Klem's that the whole family will love.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
P J Klem's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at P J Klem's is all about comfort.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and P J Klem's will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near P J Klem's.
Deep pockets not required! P J Klem's takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
For a quick and easy payment solution at P J Klem's, pay by major credit card.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to P J Klem's for tasty American fare.
Outside, snow falls, wind rattles leaf-less branches, and winter blankets the landscape. Then the crack of the bat rings out. That sound of summer is available all year long at Stella's, which offers heated indoor batting cages in the winter and open-air outdoor cages in the summer. An onsite bats and gloves shop outfits players with stacks of Easton and Wilson A2000 mitts and Louisville Slugger and DeMarini bats.
As the sight of pop flies and line drives keep summer always within reach, so too do the aromas of Vienna hot dogs, bratwursts, and burgers wafting through the air. Stella's restaurant also provides ball players and their families with homemade Italian ice and soft-serve ice cream. To celebrate turning another year older or finally getting zombie Babe Ruth on the team, Stella's offers party packages that include good eats, game tokens, and batting cages.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Zupa Restaurant and Deli in Lyons.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Zupa Restaurant and Deli.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Zupa Restaurant and Deli is a prime location to dine with a group.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Zupa Restaurant and Deli.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Parking is made simple at Zupa Restaurant and Deli, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
A visit to Zupa Restaurant and Deli will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
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.