Need to make a grocery store run? The shelves at Lakeside Foods in Winnetka are stocked full of grocery staples and specialties.
From classic sandwiches to signature creations, the sandwiches at Lakeside Foods are sure to make your stomach happy.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Lakeside Foods and keep the good meals coming all week long.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
From sandwiches to salads, Lakeside Foods serves up a wide array of healthy and tasty deli options.
Lakeside Foods' selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Lakeside Foods can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
Lakeside Foods makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
The canned food selection at Lakeside Foods is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Fight for your free time by utilizing the modern convenience of frozen food, which promises to maximize your time.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
If you like to try out different recipes and experiment with different flavors, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Lakeside Foods.
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Little Red Hen's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Little Red Hen has something that every stomach will enjoy.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Little Red Hen's al fresco patio seating.
Whether you have a large or small group, Little Red Hen can accommodate both.
Volume at this pizzeria can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Dress is typically casual at Little Red Hen, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
That's right! Little Red Hen will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Little Red Hen is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available.
Bike parking is also available outside the pizzeria.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Little Red Hen for lunch or dinner.
So come taste the pizza at Little Red Hen for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Little Red Hen, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Little Red Hen this weekend.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Little Red Hen and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
For couples heading out on the town, Restaurant Michael's dim lighting and fine French fare create the perfect date-night dinner spot in Winnetka's Winnetka area.
Guess what? Restaurant Michael serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Restaurant Michael, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Restaurant Michael's low-key style is the perfect match.
Restaurant Michael is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Parking is not an option at Restaurant Michael, a restaurant near parking lots, street parking and valet services.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
So when you really want to show someone how much you care, there's no better place than treating them to the French cuisine at Restaurant Michael.
If you're looking to impress, the highly-rated French fare at Restaurant Michael does the job perfectly.
So if you're looking for French cuisine that melts in your mouth, you'll want to head to Restaurant Michael straight away.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Little Ricky's in Winnetka and embrace the mess.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Little Ricky's is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Eat outdoors Little Ricky's (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
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.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Little Ricky's — it's strictly casual.
That's right! Little Ricky's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Little Ricky's.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Little Ricky's.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Little Ricky's s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Little Ricky's' breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
So pay Little Ricky's a visit today and dig into some delicious and fresh barbecue dishes.
So don't wait to try the slow-cooked and marinated deliciousness at Little Ricky's. This tasty joint hits a homerun in barbecue.
Winnetka's Avli Restaurant's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Avli Restaurant will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Avli Restaurant for your next big event.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Avli Restaurant to grab a spot on the patio.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Avli Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Avli Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
At Avli Restaurant, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Avli Restaurant.
Avli Restaurant is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Avli Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
So next time you're in the mood for some delicious Greek cuisine, be sure to stop by Avli Restaurant.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Marco Roma's Pizzeria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Marco Roma's Pizzeria.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Marco Roma's Pizzeria, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Dress is typically casual at Marco Roma's Pizzeria, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Marco Roma's Pizzeria as well.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Marco Roma's Pizzeria is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Everyone's talking about Marco Roma's Pizzeria. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Marco Roma's Pizzeria where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
So head on over to Marco Roma's Pizzeria, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Marco Roma's Pizzeria is the place for you.
Come see why the Italian food at Marco Roma's Pizzeria is well worth the price.
Feeling some delicious pasta or savory prosciutto tonight? Stop in at Marco Roma's Pizzeria.
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.