Cookies & Carnitas (address and info)
What you're getting: The Beefy Cheezy, $10; Pork belly or beef brisket tacos, $4.50 each
Chicago’s only "farm-to-table cookies and tacos and big meaty sandwich and pizza" joint... with a coffee bar attached. No you can't just move in.
Lou Malnati’s (address and info)
What you're getting: Small sausage deep dish, $13.65
In a land of pickup bars and power steak joints, everybody needs a pizza once in a while, too. Malnati’s has deep dish history (Lou’s dad is probably the one who invented it) while not turning the style into a stomach anvil.
Grandma J’s Local Kitchen (address and info)
What you're getting: Braised pork belly Bennie, $14; Duck eggs and ham, $13
What’s the best thing that a place on a busy, unfriendly strip in a neighborhood with rough edges can do for you? Invite you in and make you feel like it’s the friendliest, homiest place in the world. That’s what this cute, cozy little breakfast and lunch spot does, with board games to help pass the time.
D’Candela (address and info)
What you're getting: Pollo entero, $10.50
There’s a long menu here, and some of the seafood items are quite good, but look around the room and you’ll see what draws everyone to this Peruvian restaurant -- crisp, juicy rotisserie chicken, served with spicy green aji for dipping.