This Taco Costs as Much as a Car
1. Birrieria Zaragoza4852 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago
2. Zacatacos3949 W 71st St, Chicago
3. Chicago's Home Of Chicken & Waffles3947 S King Dr, Chicago
4. Lem's BBQ House311 E 75th St, Chicago
5. Pizza Castle3256 W 55th St, Chicago
6. Al-Bawadi7216 W 87th St, Bridgeview
7. Don's Drive Inn Restaurant7748 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago
8. Garifuna Flava2516 W 63rd St, Chicago
9. Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage10337 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago
10. Calabria Imports1905 W 103rd St, Chicago
11. Jimmy Jamm's Sweet Potato Pies1844 W 95th St, Chicago
12. Mini Hut6659 W Archer Ave, Chicago
13. Calumet Fisheries3259 E 95th St, Chicago
This cozy South Side counter-serve is owned by a friendly family that's bringing Chicago a beloved regional specialty from Jalisco, Mexico: spicy, braised goat, or "birria." The grass-fed, locally sourced goat is the one and only meat you'll find in this unfussy, orange-accented space, where it's served in tacos, quesadillas, and by-the-pound. The move is to order a large plate of birria, swimming in a tomato-based consomme and served with freshly made tortillas and hot fire-roasted salsa on the side.
This West Lawn spot has authentic Mexican grub, with an old-school vibe.
The South Side locale of this Chicago hotspot is doling out just-as-delicious Southern breakfast foods at all hours -- head here on a drive home and get the mac and cheese.
Lem's has racked up throngs of fans since it opened in 1954 thanks to its juicy BBQ ribs, which are served out of a retro roadside stand complete with a tall, neon-lit sign. This South Side institution still tops its meats -- from hot links and rib tips to chicken and shrimp -- with the original spicy BBQ sauce that late owner Myles Lemons created back in the 1940s. Prepare for large portions at small prices, and to take your order with you -- this tiny counter doesn't have seating.
This South Side 'za joint's got it all -- from thin crust to house-made sausage toppings, one can't go wrong at all.
This Middle Eastern spot's got insanely rich and deliciously homemade hummus, countless other dips, and juicy shawarma.
What's better than a fast food burger and hot dot joint on the side of the road in the middle of the Summer in South Side Chicago? Nothing?? That's what we thought, too.
This "taste of Belize" joint is exactly that. With delicious things like conch fritters, jerk chicken soups, and authentic desserts (pound cake!!), nothing bad can happen here.
This roadside Italian hub is doling out some out-of-this-world sandwiches, fries, and shakes.
This Italian deli/restaurant/sandwich shop has got it goin' ON. Seriously. Get any assortment of meats on their fresh bread, take home some made-right-there lasagna, and rejoice.
You like ice cream, right? You like baked goods, right? RIGHT?? Good thing -- you're in luck. This bakery/frozen yogurt spot is delicious, with an innovative concoction like sweet potato ice cream bringing ALL the people to the yard.
Hidden on a one-way side street past Midway in a location that would make a pool hall feel classy, this is the Southwest side’s antidote to everything trendy about fried chicken: just perfect bird, extendedly marinated and slow-fried for 20 minutes, with a famously rich, buttery breading. The frill-less décor -- a tiny weather-beaten canopy outside, stark walls and low ceilings inside -- proves to be the ultimate Chicago restaurant bluff.
It's no wonder Calumet Fisheries, on the far south side of Chicago, was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Open since the 1940s, the family-owned seafood shack is one of the only smokehouses left in Chicago that smokes fish naturally over a wood fire. It offers an endless variety of smoked fish -- from salmon, sturgeon, and white fish to trout, catfish, and shrimp. Not to mention, its fried stuff is pretty good too.