Pullman, chowhound options?
I meant to mention this before, but coming from Hyde Park to Pullman, you could easily make it to BJ's Soul Food Emporium. Arika, I remmember your Bobak's kind of day, and I think you'd just as much enjoy a BJ's kind of day.
I've linked to Rene's write-up (which includes a later visit by myself and family). Just below the BJ review on the board, is a write-up by Rene of a similiar soul food buffet in the same part of town.
Looking at a map online - I think that the Commercial avenue stretch that ReneG posted about is not THAT far.
Also in that category would be top notch beef burger (95th & western)
Attached is a link with some other ideas from Rene
Thanks for the suggestions. I feel a bit lazy for not doing a search first myself. It turns out Ricobene's is not so far either. I did a yahoo map 'nearest restaurant' search and found nothing I knew (besides fast food), but I am intrigued by some of the names. Anyone heard of...
Taste of Chicago
11103 1/2 S Michigan Ave.
Lucky Lady Pub
580 E 115th St
11012 S Michigan
38 E 112th St
Bilhah's Kitchen Two
10658 S State
11028 S Halsted
KW Spice is Nice
10536 S Halsted
Sherinques Eggs on the Run (!)
145 W 95th St
All are within 2 miles from the center of this weekend's Pullman house tour, a once-a-year glimpse into the homes built for this planned 'company town'. It sparked an interest in Chicago history for me when I was a kid--so bring your kids!
re: A Okrent
One more choice not recently mentioned is Army and Lou's. It's a bit north of Pullman, but not that far and the ribs, catfish, sweet potatoes and peach cobbler are all top notch. BJ's Market as mentioned is also very good for soul food in a buffet/steam table setting. The buildings in the Pullman neighborhood are definitely worth checking out for anyone that has a mildly passing interest in architecture. Enjoy the house tour.
Army & Lou's
422 E. 75th St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 483-3100
re: A Okrent
I meant to post this in ReneG's thread on Commercial Avenue but never got around to it. Here's another place and it's only about ten minutes from Pullman.
9706 S. Commercial Ave
It's a neighborhood bar with a few tables that serves a full menu of Croatian food. Hearty eastern european fare with great soups and a killer lamb sandwich.