Visit Broadview's Uncle Remus Restaurant for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
Commute by bike to Uncle Remus Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Uncle Remus Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
Uncle Remus Restaurant has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You definitely won't regret eating the great bites at Uncle Remus Restaurant's premier barbecue place today!
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at Uncle Remus Restaurant. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
For fast food in Maywood's Maywood neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at McDonald's.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on McDonald's' gorgeous patio.
At McDonald's, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near McDonald's.
McDonald's is known for its tasty eats and inexpensive food and beverage prices.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at McDonald's.
So next time you're hungry, pick up a quick and juicy burger at McDonald's.
When you need a quick bite to eat, pay McDonald's a visit and enjoy some tasty eats in a flash.
For a fast bite with tons of flavor, try Maywood's Poor Boy.
Tired of the same healthy meals? Come to Poor Boy for healthy, innovative eats.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Poor Boy and order great food.
Poor Boy tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
You can also have Poor Boy cater your next event.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Poor Boy provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Poor Boy provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Poor Boy also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So next time you're in a rush, you can count on Poor Boy to serve you up quick and tasty eats.
For the best bird in town, order some chicken off the menu at Churchs Chicken.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Churchs Chicken.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Churchs Chicken for their catering services.
Churchs Chicken is close to multiple parking options.
Isn't it time you ditched simple fast-food chicken and took advantage of Churchs Chicken's delicious offerings?
Head to China Gold Restaurant in Broadview and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of China Gold Restaurant to your next party or event.
Every diner in your group can find quick easy parking in the garage near China Gold Restaurant.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? China Gold Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Discover a fortune in flavor when you sample the delicious Chinese cooking at China Gold Restaurant.
No time to eat? Pick up a burger and fries in a matter of minutes at White Castle.
Open air seating is ready for diners at White Castle when the weather is warm.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
At White Castle, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
White Castle is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
So next time you're hungry, pick up a quick and juicy burger at White Castle.
Pick up a tasty lunch or dinner from White Castle and enjoy the convenience of quick and flavorful meal options.
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.