University Village Little Italy, South Side


The Brunch Dish: Less Guilt, More Pleasure at Stax Cafe

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac Post a comment

I secretly kind of love Waffle House, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, and the like. These types of breakfast joints are guilty pleasures that I thankfully only indulge on rare occasions, in moments of crippling weakness. So I'm thankful for Stax Cafe, which is as close as a restaurant can get to IHOP without throwing integrity out the door. More

Snapshots from the 5th Annual Baconfest Chicago

Events Dennis Lee 2 comments

Baconfest Chicago is like Lollapalooza, except instead of bands, you have a talented crew of chefs, and instead of music, well, there's bacon. More

Bar Eats: Three Aces Delivers 'Tatted Up Italian Fare'

Josh Conley 1 comment

A friendly rockabilly/punk/hipster-esque neighborhood joint, with an almost speakeasy feel, a pool table in back, and a menu of tatted-up Italian fare that may cause some double-takes. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Conte di Savoia

A Sandwich a Day Josh Conley 3 comments

Since browsing the aisles for sea-salted capers and fresh mozzarella is known to stimulate the appetite, luckily they are fully prepared with a deli counter that turns out great, no-frills sandwiches More

Gluten Free in Chicago: Urban Union

Gluten Free Rachel Gillman Post a comment

At Urban Union in Little Italy, Chef Michael Shrader's seafood-focused cuisine naturally favors a gluten free diet, leaning heavily on beautifully composed plates of fresh fish and seasonal produce. The restaurant doesn't offer a separate gluten free menu because they simply don't need one. More

Standing Room Only: Carm's Beef and Italian Ice

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Carm's has been open in some iteration since 1929, but until recently I'd never stopped by. Much of that has to do with its location on a quiet tree-lined street, two blocks north of the traffic on Taylor St., which makes the shop feel like a corner store that just happens to kick out a solid Italian beef. More

A Sandwich a Day: Saltimbocca Panini at Three Aces

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Although a glance at the description for the Saltimbocca Panini ($12.00) on Three Aces's brunch menu may conjure the image of a gooey, meaty pressed sandwich, in actuality it is the equivalent of an acoustic break in a loud rock show. More

A Sandwich a Day: Two-Bagger from Lucky's Sandwich Co.

A Sandwich a Day Joe Roy 3 comments

A generous mound of griddled corned beef and pastrami draped with a thin slice of melty provolone is topped with the ubiquitous tomatoes, fresh cut fries, and seasoned coleslaw. The meat was tender and nicely caramelized, and though bountiful, the toppings were actually quite subtle. More

Jim's Original vs. Express Grill: Which Polish Sausage Stand is the Best?

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

In Chicago, our most prominent permanent restaurant showdown takes place on South Union Avenue, where two Polish sausage joints, Jim's Original and Express Grill, stand shoulder to shoulder. For people driving north on 90/94 into the city, this pairing is the last thing you see before you arrive downtown. Ever since I moved to the city, I've wondered which one was better. I decided to order every item on both menu and find out. More

Knockout Noodles: Davanti Enoteca

Knockout Noodles Roger Kamholz 3 comments

A precious few pasta dishes grace the menu at Davanti Enoteca, restaurateur Scott Harris's rustically appointed wine bar and shared-plates Italian restaurant. I couldn't help but take this relative dearth of noodle options as a sign of the kitchen's confidence; if pasta is the measure of a good Italian food, then these chefs have chosen to hang their toques on a pretty narrow hook. More

Sugar Rush: Copy Kat from Urban Union

Sugar Rush Kate Bernot Post a comment

Urban Union's pastry chef Mitsu Nozaki has created an elegant homage to the Kit Kat bar. She replicates the flavors and basic texture of the candy bar without crumbling an actual Kit Kat all over the plate. More

A Sandwich a Day: Turkey and Cheese from Lucky's Sandwich Co.

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 5 comments

I wasn't expecting much from Lucky's Sandwich Co, a local shop that is probably best known for appearing on the first season of Man vs. Food, when host Adam Richman ate three of Lucky's towering turkey sandwiches. Fortunately, that is not the all. More

Hangover Helper: Maxwell Street Omelet at Hash Browns, Chicago IL

Hangover Helper Dennis Lee 2 comments

Let's say you were out last night, and you lost your keys, pants, and girlfriend somewhere on your alcohol-fueled adventure. You're going to need some fuel to get all three back. Head over to Hash Browns in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago to get a Maxwell Street Omelet and some Killer Hash Browns. The omelet contains slices of Polish sausage, grilled onions, grilled pork chop, and your choice of cheese. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Original Al's #1 Italian Beef Combo in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day James Boo 15 comments

Soggy bread is a sin among sandwiches, but when said bread is a springy Italian roll soaked with jus from slow-roasted, thinly sliced, and heavily seasoned roast beef at Al's #1 Italian Beef, be prepared to forgive. More

Dough Boys Pizzeria: Stellar New Pizza in Chicago

Slice: Chicago Daniel Zemans 14 comments

Dough Boys is only two months old and it's already home to some of the best stuffed pizza and New York-style slices in Chicago. The stuffed pizza crust is made with lard, which means an even flakier and crispier end crust and an added burst of fatty flavor running through the whole pie. More

The Best Italian Beef Sandwiches in Chicago

Daniel Zemans 30 comments

I set out to sample 11 different Italian Beefs with three friends. We came with eager stomachs and a fairly wide array of experience. I've been eating the sandwiches for at least 25 years. At each stop, we each ate about three inches of a sandwich, each of which was topped with giardiniera and dipped in the thin gravy. Our goal wasn't to crown the best Italian Beef in the city—that cannot be done in just one day. Find out the results. Spoiler: it's not Al's. More

Six Delis in One Day: Finding the Best Italian Sub in Chicago

Robyn Lee 6 comments

Where's the best Italian sub in Chicago? Nick Kindelsperger, Blake Royer, and Daniel Zemans go on a five-hour, six-deli tour to find out. More

Standing Room Only: Don Churro El Moro De Letran

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

If you're looking for churros in Chicago and want to go straight to the fried source, you'll end up at Don Churro, the churro factory. They're only $1, served hot, about a foot long, and you won't have to wait forever in line for them. More

Standing Room Only: Al's #1 Italian Beef

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

"It's not everyone's favorite beef, but it just happens to be mine." Al's #1 Italian Beef 1079 W. Taylor Street, Chicago IL 60607 (map); 312-226-4017 The Short Order: The original Italian beef, in all its tender glory. Want Fries with... More

Standing Room Only: Mario's Lemonade

Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

For the past month or so I've been questioned, repeatedly, about when I'm going to write about Mario's Lemonade. The Chicago institution has been serving seatless customers for about sixty years. More

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