We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Butterfingers? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
Bread at Butterfingers is absolutely delicious.
From sliced deli meat to flavorful cheeses, Butterfingers serves up a large variety of deli favorites.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
Going on a picnic or thirsting for a tasty sandwich? Why not go to Butterfingers and pick one up for lunch or dinner!
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Butterfingers has an amazing fleet of food baskets for your gifting needs at their store in Munster.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Butterfingers.
When you're a busy parent on the go, shopping at Butterfingers for some canned food might be the perfect way to save you hours a week.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Butterfingers and get cooking.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
Feeling bold and creative? Dress up your next meal with some unique and tasty seasonings and spices from here.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Make use of the ample parking near Butterfingers.
Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this pizzeria has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
You'll want to time your arrival to Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant just right since reservations are not accepted.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant for their catering services.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the pizzeria's carryout and delivery options.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to diners.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant's pizza.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant.
When you order pizza from Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Come for a tasty meal at The Commander Restaurant that the whole family will love.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Seating is readily available at The Commander Restaurant for those with large parties.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
The dress code at The Commander Restaurant is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
At The Commander Restaurant you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at The Commander Restaurant.
The Commander Restaurant may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Brunch is the house specialty at The Commander Restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than The Commander Restaurant.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at The Commander Restaurant and load up on some classic American dishes.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call The Commander Restaurant today.
Italian eats can be found at Giovanni's Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
For a low cost, you can connect to wifi at Giovanni's Restaurant.
Your large group can all sit together at Giovanni's Restaurant.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Giovanni's Restaurant's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Giovanni's Restaurant for catering.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Giovanni's Restaurant.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Giovanni's Restaurant.
Giovanni's Restaurant is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Avanti! It's time you tried some delicious Italian fare from Giovanni's Restaurant.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Applebee's, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Seating is readily available at Applebee's for those with large parties.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Applebee's' complimentary wifi.
Folks tend to dress down at Applebee's, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Catering from Applebee's will take your party to the next level.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
A meal at Applebee's will typically set you back about $30.
Short on cash? No problem. Applebee's happily accepts all major credit cards.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Applebee's and treat yourself to an American classic.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Aurelio's Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Aurelio's Pizza is a prime choice for those with special dietary needs, and the menu features low-fat, gluten-free and vegan options.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
Your large group can all sit together at Aurelio's Pizza.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Aurelio's Pizza, where business casual attire is standard.
This pizzeria lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
For the tastes of Aurelio's Pizza from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Aurelio's Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Aurelio's Pizza's pizza is oozing with delicious cheese and sauce, so make sure to pick one up on your way home.
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.