Family-run restaurant featuring a broad variety of arepas and empanandas, plus Venezuelan specialties.
Budget-friendly Czech food—liver dumpling soup, superb roast duck, kolacky.
Cafe attached to the gourmet market.
Surprisingly cheery for a former Sizzler with a view of a Jewish cemetery, Priscilla's cafeteria-style meat and two hits the soul food highlights. Fried chicken's a study in textural point/counterpoint, crisp skin giving way to moist, yielding, interior flesh so juicy you run the risk of ruining your shirt. Tender greens are the perfect accompaniment, their bitterness rounded out by little cubes of cured pork. Less successful are the slightly undercooked baked beans, bland mac 'n' cheese, and acidic spaghetti, but sweet potatoes aren't bad, and mashed potatoes are fantastic, rich, creamy, and doused with silky-smooth house-made gravy. Bread pudding isn't coma-inducingly sweet, and pecan pie is pleasant. The vinegary hot sauce on each table round out a soul-satisfying experience. —Gary Wiviott
First and still considered the best of Emilio Gervilla's tapas restaurants.
CLOSED. The popular staple for southern comfort food, in a location next to FitzGerald's, which supplies the booze that you can carry in. No reservations accepted for weekend brunch.
The chef at Taiwanese-owned Fabulous Noodles prepares amazingly good renditions of Cantonese classics like beef with bitter melon over wok-blistered chow fun noodles or lo bak go, panfried turnip cake studded with nuggets of crispy cured pork. Yet he also has the chops to switch gears and deliver a rock-solid version of northern-style vegetarian chicken (marinated tofu skin rolled and filled with bamboo shoots and shiitakes) or Hong Kong-style wonton noodle soup, as well as chop suey and kung pao. The former co-owners execute an almost identical menu equally well at Noodles Delight (853 E. Nerge, Roselle, 630-307-1010, noodlesdelight.com).
Oak Park mainstay for Indian food.
Paul Virant's first farm-to-table restaurant.
Italian "tapas" restaurant and martini lounge offering entertainment and DJs.
Tiny Oak Park frozen custard stand with soft-serve available in sundaes, splits, and dipped cones. Cash only.
Upscale suburban wine bar with an extensive menu that covers all the bases.
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