Pilsen, South Side


The Brunch Dish: Dusek's Does its Own Style of Americana

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 4 comments

From the childhood pantry to my sugar-flecked Dutch baby dreams, Dusek's pays dutiful homage to the regional American brunch ritual in a very distinct fashion. The menu reads like an atlas oriented by food, and I'm 100% cool with that. More

South Side Eats: Pupuseria El Excelente Brings Salvadoran Food to Pilsen

Titus Ruscitti 1 comment

These pupusas are not going to knock you off your culinary high chair, but they are solid and comforting. Count on El Excelente to be just that. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwich at Il Vicinato

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

I'm not sure the absolutely massive Italian sausage sandwich will clear up all the questions I have about Il Vicinato's, but I did care less about finding out after finishing it off. More

21 Cheap Eats We Love in Pilsen

Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Pilsen is best known as the cultural center of Chicago's Mexican population, which partly explains why it contains the most diverse and delicious collection of Mexican restaurants in the city, from beloved old-school institutions like Nuevo Leon to trendy new spots like Del Toro. More

A Sandwich a Day: Green BLT Sandwich at Honky Tonk BBQ

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

As a BLT should, the Green BLT Sandwich ($8) at Honky Tonk BBQ has a range of contrasting flavors and textures: soft bun, salty and crisp bacon, creamy garlic mayo. The fried green tomato adds a bit of tartness, with a cornmeal batter that stays adhered in order to provide some crunch. More

Eat This Now: Nuevo Leon's Refried Beans Are a Heart-Destroying Triumph

Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Can a restaurant's showstopper be an unassuming side dish? At Nuevo Leon, the answer is yes. What do we have to thank for this? Lard, mostly. More

The Brunch Dish: Pilsen Gets Progressive at Pl-zen

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 4 comments

Pl-zen is the strongest push for gentrification I've seen in Pilsen since Nightwood, and not just because Pl-zen's name is the phonetic spelling of the neighborhood, beating customers over the head with neighborhood love. The food is very thoughtful, highly unique, and ultimately, memorable. More

Bar Eats: Savor Tator Tots in the Dark at Skylark

Josh Conley 1 comment

I would describe the food as somewhere between Midwest comfort and upscale cafeteria. And that is in no way a slam. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Torta Cubano at La Cebollita Grill

A Sandwich a Day Eric Singerman 1 comment

The long list of ingredients includes a fried egg, a hot dog, ham, avocado, mayonnaise, buttered bread, and cheese oozing out the sides. Essentially, it's everything you find yourself craving around 3 A.M. More

A Sandwich a Day: Green BLT Sandwich at Honky Tonk BBQ

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 2 comments

What the two sliders collectively known as the Green BLT Sandwich lack in stature, they make up with wonderfully controlled flavors. And the sheriff of this here town is the clearly the perfectly crunchy fried green tomatoes. More

Chicago Tacos: Del Toro

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

Del Toro is the kind of place one likes to get comfortable and stay for awhile, even if the burrito happens to be the best thing on the menu. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Portobello Sandwich at Simone's

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

There's no doubt that Simone's in Pilsen could coast on the food and still pack the crowds, so it's heartening to see that even normally routine offerings, like a Grilled Portobello Sandwich ($8.00), is given some genuine thought and care. More

Chicago Tacos: Carnitas Uruapan

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Walk into any of the most well-known carnitas places in Chicago, and you won't see a menu or be given a rundown of the daily specials. Instead, you'll be asked how many pounds of fried pork you want. Luckily, Carnitas Uruapan in Pilsen solves that problem by offering a carnitas taco on its everyday menu. More

Sugar Rush: Strawberry Sundae from Nightwood

Sugar Rush Kate Bernot Post a comment

The wacky spring weather Chicago has experienced over the past two months has at least one silvery lining: the arrival of the strawberry sundae ($10) at Nightwood. Pastry chef Matthew Rice jumped at the chance to transform simple berries into his strawberry sundae—an elegant, balanced version of a childhood favorite. More

Chicago Tacos: 'Colorful' Taquitos de Papa from DeColores in Pilsen

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

Only a restaurant that doubles as an art gallery could kick out taquitos de papa as simply gorgeous as these. I mean, taquitos de papa are just corn tortillas stuffed with mashed potatoes that are folded over and fried. But at DeColores in Pilsen, they are listed on the menu as "coloful taquitas," and that's no joke. More

Chicago Tacos: Tacos de Sabinas from Nuevo Leon

Chicago Tacos Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

The world is better off because Nuevo Leon is around. Nothing here has been test-marketed or put on the menu to appease the margarita-soaked masses. This Pilsen institution has just been doing things the same way since 1962, including making excellent tacos de sabinas. More

TGI Fry-Day: Carnitas Mixtas from Carnitas Don Pedro

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy Post a comment

The meaty costillas had a satisfying crunch that made way to a meltingly tender center. The thin slivers of buche added a nice spring to each bite. And the cuero was simply lip-smacking: the scored strips of pork jello coated everything it touched with liquified collagen. Two days later, I'm still licking my fingers. More

Chicago: 7 Pumpkin Sweets We Love

Michell Eloy 2 comments

It's gourd season, ya'll! That's right. It's that time of year when pumpkins overwhelm grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. And if there's one thing Chicagoans are crazy about, it's their pumpkin goods. Here are 7 pumpkin sweets we love in the Windy City. More

Chicago: 7 Favorite Taco Joints

Dennis Lee 21 comments

In any big city, tacos are a great representation of what the local food scene has to offer. Small, simple, and versatile, this is street food at its finest. Or it's a popular chef (ahem, Paul Kahan) doing tacos at their cheffiest-finest. There's quite a bit of diversity on this list: from the homey, traditional carne asada and carnitas to kalbi (Korean short rib) to a crunchy fish taco. More

Chicago: A Very Good Burger is Not Worthy of a Kitchen as Great as Nightwood's

AHT: Chicago Daniel Zemans 2 comments

Nightwood has gotten a ridiculous amount of praise since it opened its doors nearly two years ago and from what I can tell, every bit of it is deserved. Most of the menu changes regularly and the kitchen has been known to show some creativity with its burgers. But while the burger I ate during my visit was truly delicious, at a restaurant this good I wanted to be wowed. More

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