What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant.
Keep your diet in check at Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
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.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant.
The average check at Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant, pay by major credit card.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
When American food comes to mind, Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant should be your first choice.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Grandma Sally's Family Restaurant and load up on some classic American dishes.
For a scintillating heap of noodles in piping hot broth, don't miss River Forest's Noodles & Company.
Noodles & Company knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Noodles & Company has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Noodles & Company.
Reservations are not accepted at Noodles & Company, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
Head to Noodles & Company in comfort, where attire is business casual.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Diners at Noodles & Company can access nearby public transit or park their car close by.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
When you're in the mood for some hot and fresh noodles, pay Noodles & Company a visit.
Visit Panera Bread for a freshly baked treat.
The chefs at Panera Bread have created a menu that is filled with low-fat, vegan and gluten-free options.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this bakery, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Panera Bread.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Panera Bread.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Panera Bread — it's strictly casual.
Bring the Panera Bread's great food to your place.
Or, take your grub to go.
At Panera Bread, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
You won't find better prices in town than at Panera Bread, so grab all the snacks you can carry.
You'll never go wrong with a cake or brownie from Panera Bread.
For fast (and tasty) food, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at McDonald's.
For the tastes of McDonald's from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Or, take your food to go.
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.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), McDonald's serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
So pay McDonald's a visit today and treat yourself to one of the delicious and juicy burgers.
Satisfy your hunger cravings in one fell swoop when you opt to dine at McDonald's for lunch or dinner.
Head to Starbucks for a steaming cup of joe.
Feeling healthy? Head to Starbucks for some delicious gluten-free fare.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Starbucks.
Wifi is on the house at Starbucks, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Starbucks.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Harlem-Green (Green).
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Starbucks.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Starbucks and stay energized all day long.
For a sandwich loaded with all your favorite toppings, be sure to eat at Frank's Deli in River Forest's River Forest neighborhood — this deli will keep you coming back for more.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Frank's Deli is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Frank's Deli.
Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than Frank's Deli.
Frank's Deli certainly has any kind of deli meats you need to make your meals taste great.
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.
After exiting the gates at Union Park this weekend, the first thing on your mind will likely be finding a place to sit down. These five destinations offer a place to rest your feet, have a drink, eat deep-fried bacon, and maybe even break into a bank vault—if that’s your thing. If not, there’s always dancing.
If you wore heels all day and are ready for whiskey and snails while reclining on a sofa:
Maude’s Liquor Bar | 840 W. Randolph St.
After the last set, drag your weary hooves up to the Green Line platform and head two stops east to Restaurant Row, where you’ll find Maude’s long, leather couches perfect for slouching. The escargot is made in the traditional French style—in one of those absurdly French dishes created exclusively for cradling escargot, piping hot out of the oven and swimming in butter, herbs, and garlic—with plenty of crusty bread. To drink, Maude’s has five kinds of smashes, but you should order the whiskey smash, because it’s my favorite. (If you’re feeling exotic, try the Smokey Violet.)
If your inner biker bro is craving a craft brew:
Twisted Spoke | 501 N. Ogden Ave.
Just a few blocks away up Ogden, Twisted Spoke’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy one of many brews from an enormous beer list—if you’re not sick of being outdoors. If you are, kick back at the long, curving bar with one of its epic bloody marys. Available in a handful of boozy variations (from classic vodka to spicy tequila), each bloody is garnished with a pile of pickled veggies, cheese, and cured meat, and served with a beer back of Genesee Cream Ale. Twisted Spoke also has deep-fried tempura-style bacon—need I say more?
If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tequila in a bank vault:
The Bedford | 1612 W. Division St.
Tucked away beneath the bustling six-way intersection of Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland, the Bedford is a cool, marble-and-chandeliers destination where the lighting is low enough that no one will notice how dusty your shoes are. The rehabbed bank basement invites imbibers to lounge inside the old bank vault—complete with gleaming safe-deposit boxes—on plush chairs and couches or at one of the many tables and booths in the main space. Groups can order a whole bowl of the refreshing (and potentially dangerous) chamomile tequila punch, a combination of chamomile-infused blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda; it’s also available by the glass and half-bowl.
If you fudged your manicure when someone crowd-surfed over you:
Beauty Bar | 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Cashing in on the signature $10 martini-and-mani combo, spiff up your nails at one of the manicure stations while sipping on something called the Relaxer, which is actually just a dirty martini but will likely do the job. With a DJ in the booth every night, you can shake a leg under the disco ball once your nails have dried. (Namely, you can bump 'n' grind to the sounds of R. Kelly on Saturday evening during the city’s longest-running tribute night to the local R&B legend.) Or, you could always take a seat in one of the many '50s-style dryer chairs, pull the bowl down over your head, and not talk to anyone.
If you no longer have the energy to speak but do have the energy to chew:
Au Cheval | 800 W. Randolph St.
The burger topped with cheese and fried egg—which Bon Appétit argues is the best in the nation—is the perfect excuse to sit in silence. This two-patty wonder is stuffed between a soft, chewy bun and will keep you and yours occupied long enough to at least try to conjure up a knock-knock joke or something. Accompanied by a Dr. Devon’s Pickleback (one shot of irish whiskey and another of the housemade pickle brine), the combo will likely leave everyone ready for bed, which is perfect because you’re going to need to rest up to do it all over again tomorrow.
Photo credits: 1. Kari Skaflen – Maude's Liquor Bar 2. Michelle Klosinski – Twisted Spoke 3. Brandon Jones – The Bedford 4. Jessica Schultz – Beauty Bar 5. Kari Skaflen – Au Cheval