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Are there ANY destination restaurants on the South Side?

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prettyfish Apr 22, 2011 03:06 PM

Most seem to be okay...for the south side. I'd love to find a south side restaurant that is simply GOOD--and would be, no matter where it was located. Any recos? PLEASE??

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    prettyfish RE: Mizer Apr 22, 2011 06:22 PM

    Mizer, I stand corrected---I should have been more clear. When I said southside, I was referring to the Hyde Park Bronzeville Kenwood area. Totally excluded the other restaurant rich areas you mentioned. But that still leaves me with very little to choose from in the areas that I mentioned. And I am totally NOT looking for scene. Just memorable food. Please share a few of your favorites. I WANT to look forward to eating in my own neighborhood.

    1. nsxtasy RE: prettyfish Apr 22, 2011 05:44 PM

      There are some excellent restaurants on the South Side! For example:

      Mercat a la Planxa (tapas, South Loop) - www.mercatchicago.com
      Custom House Tavern (American, South Loop) - www.customhouse.cc
      Double Li (Szechuan, Chinatown) - http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura...
      Lao Sze Chuan (Szechuan, Chinatown) - www.tonygourmetgroup.com
      Mundial Cocina Mestiza (Mexican, Pilsen) - www.mundialcocinamestiza.com
      Amelia's Mestizo Grill (Mexican, Back of the Yards) - www.ameliaschicago.com

      This list includes my favorite restaurant in the entire Chicago area for tapas (Mercat), for Chinese (Double Li), and for Mexican (Mundial).

      Here are two more that I have not been to but have heard good things about, and are on my never-shrinking list of restaurants that I've been wanting to try:

      Han 202 (Asian, Bridgeport) - www.han202.com
      Nightwood (contemporary American, Pilsen) - www.nightwoodrestaurant.com

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        prettyfish RE: nsxtasy Apr 22, 2011 06:24 PM

        Thanks nsxtasy! I actually LOVE Mundial and Amelias is great too. Will definitely check out the other spots you reco'd.

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          nsxtasy RE: prettyfish Apr 22, 2011 06:50 PM

          I forgot a few more in the South Loop:

          Bongo Room (breakfast) - http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura...
          Manny's (Jewish deli) - www.mannysdeli.com
          Lou Malnati's (deep-dish pizza) - www.loumalnatis.com

          Also, you can find some recommendations in Hyde Park in this discussion:

          What's Good To Eat Near The Museum of Science & Industry - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724417

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          nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy May 23, 2011 02:35 PM

          >> Here are two more that I have not been to but have heard good things about, and are on my never-shrinking list of restaurants that I've been wanting to try:
          >> Han 202 (Asian, Bridgeport) - www.han202.com

          I went to Han 202 for dinner on Friday (then walked from there to the Cell to see a Sox game) and I really, really enjoyed it! It's worth going to, even for those who don't live nearby. It offers a mix of Asian (mostly Chinese) cuisine, along with some dishes that are more along the lines of contemporary American, as you'll see from what I had below. It's also an incredible bargain, with the five-course prix fixe menu costing only $25 (with small supplements for a few desserts) plus it's BYOB which saves money.

          After a complimentary Asian bun, I started with the miso soup, which was okay. I then had a salad of golden beets with goat cheese which was very good. The appetizer was soft shell crab tempura, a perfectly-cooked half crab that was excellent. The main was Chilean sea bass, a Chinese-style preparation in a brown sauce, very good. For dessert I got the chocolate souffle ($5 supplement) which was a bit more runny than I generally prefer but it was delicious nonetheless. I thought dinner was excellent and it was fun to have a dinner which combines two different cuisines so well. I also appreciated the excellent value. Now Han 202 is off my list of places I want to try and on my list of places I want to return to!

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            prettyfish RE: nsxtasy May 25, 2011 12:53 PM

            sounds delicious! I will definitely check it out! thanks :)

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            nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy Jun 19, 2011 02:03 PM

            >> Here are two more that I have not been to but have heard good things about, and are on my never-shrinking list of restaurants that I've been wanting to try:
            >> Han 202 (Asian, Bridgeport) - www.han202.com
            >> Nightwood (contemporary American, Pilsen) - www.nightwoodrestaurant.com

            I had Sunday brunch at Nightwood today and thought it was excellent! I posted a detailed report in the brunch discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3644...

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            2119 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

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            Querencia RE: prettyfish May 26, 2011 05:52 PM

            Go to "chicago restaurant menus" and sort by neighborhood to see actual menus. I like Calypso in Hyde Park.

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              jbw RE: Querencia May 26, 2011 07:35 PM

              But better hurry for Calypso. It's closing June 5.

              http://www.calypsocafechicago.com/

            2. nsxtasy RE: prettyfish May 26, 2011 07:47 PM

              You also might want to check out the recommendations in this recent discussion:

              What's Good To Eat Near The Museum of Science & Industry - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724417

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                Leadmine RE: prettyfish Jun 2, 2011 06:26 AM

                Calumet Fisheries is waaaaaay down south. Almost in Indiana but it is definitely a destination and worth the trip if you like smoked fish.

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                Calumet Fisheries
                3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617

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                  PhuD4Thought RE: prettyfish Jul 27, 2011 09:49 AM

                  if u like bbq, lem's on 75th
                  yassa on 79th offers senegalese cuisine

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