After covering cheap eats in The Loop and on the North Side, it's about time I start to explore the plentiful options on the South Side. To start things off, I decided to go with Bridgeport, a neighborhood I thought I knew pretty well. As a White Sox fan and a devotee of Pleasant House Bakery, I've visited fairly often, and I imagined swinging by a couple of times and wrapping this feature up with no trouble. Ten visits and a good month and-a-half later, I realize I was wrong.
What makes Bridgeport such a great place to explore is that there is an interesting mix of old school restaurants and newer establishments ready to change things up. Though Ramova Grill closed last year (taking the city's best bowl of chili with it), the neighborhood is still home to the oldest restaurant in Chicago, Schaller's Pump, which first opened up in 1881. Along with a host of trendy eateries and a burgeoning array of Chinese restaurants, Bridgeport has a surprising number of great restaurants, and while I tried to visit as many as I could, I know there are more out there.
Check out all of our favorite cheap eats in Bridgeport by clicking on the slideshow. And if I missed one of your favorite spots, let me know in the comments!
- Steak and Ale Pie at Pleasant House Bakery
- Falafel Wrap at Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
- Pork Chop Sandwich at Maxwell Street Depot
- The Badass B.L.T. at Mr. Spanky's
- Cheeseburger at Hamburger Heaven Express
- Hot Dog at 35th Streeet Red Hots
- Hot Dog at Morrie O'Malley's
- Breaded Steak Sandwich at Ricobene's
- Prime Butt at Schaller's Pump
- Breaded Steak Sandwich with Fried Cheese at Johnny O's
- Crispy Chickpea Fries at Nana
- Paczki at Bridgeport Bakery
- Grilled Steak Taco at Carbón
- Corn Fritters at Zebra's Gourmet Hot Dogs
- House Stir-Fried Noodle at Northern City
- Homemade Hand Pancake at Homestyle Taste
- House Special Pot Sticker at Potsticker House
- Pour-Over Coffee at Bridgeport Coffee Company
- A Bubbly Creek at Maria's Packaged Goods + Community Bar