Four concentrated hours of barbecue later, I can safely say that the pilgrimage to Uncle John's Barbecue in Richton Park is worth the trek, though Uncle J's is your place if you're looking for a straight up taste of the original.
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One of the best ways to experience the unique cuisine at Cafe Trinidad in Bronzeville is in a roti, which one might describe as a burrito from the islands.
You may remember today's stop from the South Side taco roundup published last month, but there is more to this restaurant than just cochinita pibil tacos.
I'm excited to report that the wonderful Little Village staple Delicias Mexicanas has opened a second location. Now it's easier to find hot dogs con tocino—that is, hot dogs wrapped in bacon.
Sticking under the $10 mark helped narrow the list down to the truly cheap, and I think it is better for it. These are the dishes to look for in Chinatown if you are really looking for a bargain.
Happy National Taco Day! Here's 25 options from the South Side to help fill in all the lists that neglected an entire chunk of the city. Ready. Set. Taco!
The place is a great example of "all in the family," as those are the only people who worked here when they first got rolling. Today they still offer Grandpa Tony's housemade Italian beef, but there are also lot more options than there were originally. Basically, if you like sandwiches, you'll find one for you.
Ms. Biscuit does both breakfast and lunch, with a menu featuring many of the typical soul food standards. While a couple of the skillets and combo plates looked tempting, you can't go into a place called Ms. Biscuit and not try an offering of their namesake dish.
Two things you won't find a shortage of on the South Side are Mexican-owned mom and pop spots and fried shrimp shacks. Over on 43rd street, just West of Ashland in the shadow of the Union Stock Yards, you'll find the two combined at Mama Nena's Shrimp House.
My initial plan to sample the entire menu was quickly dashed- by my rough count, there are at least 40 rotating options to choose from. No matter: the baker's dozen plus one that I walked off with provide a more than rounded picture of the shop's offerings.
Some of the most quintessential Chicago eats are below 35th street: The best rib tips and hot links in the city; my absolute favorite old-school burger; birria better than any other I've ever sampled. Get the picture?
If you're in the mood for some gut-busting adventure, this is your sandwich. Just make sure to load it up with some spicy giardiniera, which nobly tries to cut through the grease.
You don't visit for Vito & Nick's for a sandwich, but if one of your dining companions just ran a marathon or has a hole in his or her stomach that needs filling, then it is permissible to take a look at the remainder of the menu and order Jason's Favorite ($6.95).
Fat Johnnie's is mostly known as the home of the mother-in-law, a strange South Side original, where a hot dog's right and natural place on a bun is replaced by a cornmeal tamale. In theory, this should not work. And yet, miraculously, somehow the mother-in-law does.