Visit Palos Heights' Bon-Pit for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
The patio tables outside of Bon-Pit are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Bon-Pit can seat both large and small groups.
Getting online is easy with Bon-Pit's free and convenient wifi.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Bon-Pit in jeans and a hoodie.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Bon-Pit to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
At Bon-Pit, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
You may end up with sticky fingers, but you'll treasure the delicious barbecue at Bon-Pit.
Mind-blowing barbecue awaits you at Bon-Pit, so head on over for a quick and casual bite to eat.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage to grab a spot on the patio.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage as well.
You can also grab your food to go.
At Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
If you are looking for a new lunch or dinner spot, make your way over to Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage and fill up on Italian fare.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Lumes Pancake House, a savory spot for American cuisine.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Tables at Lumes Pancake House are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Put the suit away when heading to Lumes Pancake House — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Or, take your grub to go.
Free parking is available right next door.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
At Lumes Pancake House, you will want to bring cash for your meal since it's a cash-only restaurant.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Lumes Pancake House.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Lumes Pancake House.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Thai Smile.
Thai Smile is making food that is not just healthy but also makes your taste buds happy.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
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.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Thai Smile.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Deep pockets not required! Thai Smile takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in Palos Heights at Thai Smile.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, Thai Smile takes casual Thai to the next level.
The Thai food at Thai Smile makes eating out easy while keeping your meal delicious.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Thai Smile.
"Good food. Good times." That's the motto at Trio, and it's one the restaurant tries living up to every day. The good food part is just about what you'd expect from any American sports bar worth its salt: a massive selection of crowd-pleasing pub grub, including baby-back ribs, 15 styles of chicken wings, cheesy pizzas, and burgers loaded with everything from mozzarella sticks to fried bacon. Of course, any of these dishes can be supplemented with a beer or two. And taste buds won't get tired because there are more than 50 beers on the drink list, ranging from staples like Guinness to craft brews from Lagunitas, Bell's, and Magic Hat.
And then there's the good times. The space is filled with TVs as far as the eye can see, and each one is set to broadcast every game the Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox, and Bulls play. But football is the real champ here, so every Bears and Notre Dame game is celebrated with a free buffet at halftime. In addition to all the sports, Trio also entertains its guests with a variety of events, ranging from live music and holiday parties to bingo and paint nights.
Though quick and casual is the name of the game, Mama Vesuvio East is home to some of the best-tasting, not to mention five-star, pizza in town.
If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Mama Vesuvio East.
Eat out with the little ones at Mama Vesuvio East, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Wifi here is on the house.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Mama Vesuvio East and order great food.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
For the tastes of Mama Vesuvio East from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Mama Vesuvio East will fill you up with top-notch fare that's modestly priced.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Mama Vesuvio East, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.