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.
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.
Settle down with delicious dumplings and other Chinese favorites at Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant in Richton Park.
Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Heading to Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Dining at Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Discover the tastes and trends of China at Sun-Sun Chinese Restaurant and enjoy a traditional Chinese dish or two.
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.
How do you find Chicago's most Chicago restaurant? You begin by taking the world's best decision-making device: the bracket. Then you combine it with Chicago's best device to represent its messy, opinionated landscape: the ward map. Some have called this pursuit "patently absurd." We humbly disagree. By taking our logic above (bracket + ward map) and extrapolating it into a larger, totally airtight algorithm, our computers have found a winner for the title of Chicago's most Chicago restaurant. See the finalists and read more about the search here. Below is one of the finalists.
Gabrielle Darvassy was tired. Tired of the grind her 20 years in a corporate job subjected her to. Tired of the homogenous food options in her adopted neighborhood. Tired of having to make the trek to the other side of the Loop to procure any kind of quality goods and services.
Looking back, the layoff from her 9-to-5 seems to be a blessing in disguise. “People have to like what they’re doing, and they have to feel fulfilled,” Gabrielle is fond of saying. She began selling nutrient-packed smoothies at the 61st Street Farmers Market, and soon, together with her husband, she opened up B’Gabs Goodies (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.), a raw vegan eatery, on a quiet stretch on the border of Hyde Park and Woodlawn. Not the first place someone would think to serve food that’s been made with absolutely no animal products (not even butter!) nor heated to above 104 degrees.
Doing this helped put Gabrielle’s beliefs about food to the test. When she talks about food, she uses the word love, a lot. Food, she says, gives the body energy, but the people who make it also imbue it with energy.
“If the people who make it and bring it to you aren’t in love with it, it’s not going to be good for you.”
To that end, she procures all her produce from one vendor, who she knows loves what they do. “So everything we make from beginning to end is lovely. I’m not about to put in that type of work [without love]. I did that for 20 years.”
A commitment to the neighborhood
Gabrielle and her husband live in Hyde Park, where he grew up. Their home is close to the border of Woodlawn, which is known as one of the city’s “food deserts,” meaning it’s a trek to a good grocery store or any other source of unprocessed whole foods. And though Hyde Park, as the home of the prestigious University of Chicago (and our current president), holds considerably more options than Woodlawn, they’re not necessarily healthful ones. At least, not by her standards, which—besides vegan fare—include foods made without soy or gluten.
Noting how reluctant business owners were to invest in her neighborhood, Gabrielle decided to keep her endeavor close to home. Though she knew she would be more profitable north of the Loop, it was important to her to show faith in her community, knowing that, just as she has to make the drive up north for certain things, Northsiders would make the drive south, if what she was doing was viable.
“If you want your community to be better, you have to do the work in your community,” she says.
A community that keeps coming back
On our visit, we almost drove right past B’Gabs Goodies’ door. It shares the block with what looks like a warehouse on one side of the street and an empty industrial lot on the other. The address on its Facebook page adds the parenthetical “(green door)” after the address, the tiniest clue to locating it.
“People find us by word of mouth,” Gabrielle tells me, once I’ve found my way in. “They feel like it’s a vegan speakeasy.”
In fact, the only publicity they’ve ever done since they opened in 2011 has been running a Groupon and doing stories with any interested publications.
And yet, they have a loyal following, which Gabrielle calls “small but mighty” and is growing exponentially. Two U of C students chatted at a table next to us, recognizing a former professor who walked through the doors. Four women came in and out for a to-go order. A father and son shared a meal as we left. “I love this place!” the boy proclaimed—to everyone. And all the while, the staff hustled to get a catering order prepped for a community photography show next door.
Perhaps one of the best examples of the love they’ve engendered in the community is the gleaming—and pricey—Norwalk juicer a customer gifted to them. “It’s magic,” Gabrielle says.
B’Gabs Goodies’ prep “kitchen” is an approximately 3-foot-long stainless-steel counter in a nook behind the cash register. They prepare food without heat, which is believed to break down the nutrients and good energy in food. It’s basically cooking without cooking.
I must admit, learning this gave me some trepidation. My previous experience with raw vegan food was similar to that of any lifetime carnivore: my meal was so bland I barely remember it. The menu at B’Gabs left me stumped: tacos made with seeded nacho “meat,” pad thai salad with zucchini and carrot “noodles,” jicama “fries.” As someone who’s averse to many processed foods, I’m naturally suspicious of any food whose name is in quotation marks.
So I approached this from a culinary standpoint, sampling the cuisine the way I would any that I hadn’t much experience with.
I opted for the classic burger.
Gabrielle shuns all soy products, as well as fake meats such as seitan, because she, and many of her customers, are suspicious of GMOs. While I was expecting a one-note dish, this burger turned out to be a medley of flavors. The crisp onion “bread” was balanced by a savory seed patty and brightly flavored housemade ketchup. A pile of kale filled the rest of the plate, its bitterness ameliorated by the sweet tang of the accompanying dressing. To wash it all down, I chose the Fiji Hammer Time smoothie: peaches, strawberries, and bananas, boosted with maca root and yohimbe bark.
I’d walked into B’Gabs feeling a little run down, tired or perhaps coming down with a cold. I left, literally, with a skip in my step, so energized that I almost forgot to pay for my meal. A slight buzz rang through my body—was it the seeds? The yohimbe? The Norwalk juicer’s magic?
No matter; it was the richest vegan meal I have ever tasted.
Teaching someone to fish
Gabrielle’s mission is not only to provide healthy food for people in her community, but also to create lasting changes in the way they eat. “The only way to do that—regardless of economics—is to teach them how,” she says. To that end, she and her staff teach “uncooking” classes and workshops, helping people incorporate raw foods in their diets.
They also dedicate half the space to a herb and spice shop, with more than 300 varieties of plants, all lovingly sourced. They all have healing properties, if that’s your thing, which Gabrielle believes doubles down on the nourishment her food provides. Most of the herbs and spices are packaged, if not harvested, by staff, and all were selected because, not only do they make food taste better, but they’re also known to have some kind of effect on health. The yohimbe bark in my smoothie is believed to ease depression—and improve the libido (rawr)!
“A lot of people come to me when they’re sick and have exhausted all options,” Gabrielle says.
Or, as the restaurant’s motto states: “It’s not the food in your life, it’s the life in your food.”
Photos by Timothy Burkhart, Groupon