Craft cocktail lounge from two Violet Hour vets, featuring a standout Cajun menu. Cash only.
Andy Aroonrasameruang, formerly of TAC Quick, brings his menu—including his challenging Thai dishes—to a new location.
East-coast-style thin-crust from J. Spillane, one of the originals at Coalfire. Cash only; BYO.
Ukrainian Village bar featuring cocktails from mixologist Brad Bolt.
Always-packed taco shack from Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality. Cash only.
Legendary burger joint famous for its "cheezborgers" and eclectic, journalist-and-tourist-heavy clientele.
Bar and pizzeria from the people behind Simone's.
Carnitas worth waiting for.
Slow-food "fast food," cookies, and coffee from a pair of fine-dining veterans.
Restaurant offering the Mexican hot dog as well as other south-of-the-border specialties. Alcohol prohibited.
Homey spot featuring locally grown and sustainable ingredients.
Norwood Park spot featuring craft beers and brick-oven pizza.
Quintessentially Hyde Park, and frequented by an eclectic mix of locals, students, game watchers, and professors, Jimmy's is a dive bar with a dim, cavernous interior and a quirky soul. The beer selection's good and cheap, with Leinenkugel and Fat Tire on tap for a little more than $10 a pitcher. The bartenders are brisk and businesslike and make their martinis strong. The burgers and brats are decent, but God in heaven are the fries perfect. Live bands on Sundays with no cover. Cash only, ATM inside.
Chinese Muslim barbecue, chuanr, served in the food court under Chinatown's Richland Center
Fried chicken sandwiches made with heritage poultry, plus house-made sides and daily specials such as chicken-fried fries. Cash only; the shop closes when the chicken runs out.
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