Shop for high-quality and fresh groceries at Teresa Foods in Peotone and keep your kitchen stocked full of grocery staples.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
If you're looking for an alternative to everyday cooking, the frozen bites here are a great way to go.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Teresa Foods will be tasty no matter what.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Teresa Foods and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
What's better than soup on a rainy day? Be sure you have some on hand.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Pick up some noodles from Teresa Foods and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
For cool, refreshing H20, Teresa Foods' got you covered.
From classics pies to signature options, Teresa Foods serves up creative pizza creations that you are sure to love.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Teresa Foods.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Teresa Foods.
Here you can find a wide selection of oil and vinegar for all of your cooking needs, such as sauces and dressings.
At Teresa Foods, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
So if you're looking for only the best ingredients to use in your cooking, look no further than Teresa Foods in Peotone.
If you dig tender slices of meat nestled in a warm pita, the gyros at Richton Park's Athens Gyros Richton are calling your name.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Athens Gyros Richton.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Athens Gyros Richton's patio.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Just let this restaurant know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Athens Gyros Richton makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Athens Gyros Richton and order up a tasty gyro.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, Liang's Chinese Restaurant
serves top-rated fare.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this restaurant offers delivery and pickup, too.
For the tastes of Liang's Chinese Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Parking has never been easier at Liang's Chinese Restaurant, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Meals at Liang's Chinese Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Liang's Chinese Restaurant — they're open for all three meals.
For upscale and delicious fare with a Chinese twist, look no further than Liang's Chinese Restaurant.
Thinking Chinese tonight? Make the delicious choice with Liang's Chinese Restaurant.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Sicilian Joe's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
The patio seating at Sicilian Joe's Pizza is perfect for those warm summer days.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Sicilian Joe's Pizza as well.
You've heard correctly. This pizzeria offers both delivery or carryout.
Sicilian Joe's Pizza is centrally located near many parking lot options.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Sicilian Joe's Pizza, so plan your budget accordingly.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Sicilian Joe's Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Sicilian Joe's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Sicilian Joe's Pizza and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Frankie's Touch-Italy Pizzeria serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Frankie's Touch-Italy Pizzeria for their catering services.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the pizzeria.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Your tab at Frankie's Touch-Italy Pizzeria will usually run to about $30 per guest.
So head on over to Frankie's Touch-Italy Pizzeria, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Frankie's Touch-Italy Pizzeria.
Don't rush your way through the lunch hour! Stop by McDonald's for a fast and tasty burger.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Be sure to check out McDonald's' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Seating is readily available at McDonald's for those with large parties.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At McDonald's, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, McDonald's is a great dining option for any time of day.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
When a juicy burger is calling your name, stop by McDonald's and pick one up for lunch or dinner.
So stop by McDonald's today and enjoy the convenience of a quick and easy meal option.
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.