Best fried chicken
The Chicken Shack (address and info)
1925 N Ridge Ave
A word from Ders: "Get a box of bits or a whole damn chicken. It's legit. And the RC Cola machine is a nice touch. Bring quarters."
For as long as we've been singing the praises of Chicago's best fried chicken (that's not even in Chicago), Anders has been on to it from the get-go. Rightfully so too, because the birds are served crackled and crisp, primed for a hit of hot sauce or honey BBQ. Don't skip out on the biscuits or fried shrimp either.
Bill's Drive-In (address and info)
120 Asbury Ave
A word from Ders: "Just the realist of real. Upgrade your life here."
Just over the Chicago border, this lunch counter features menu items that'd be mainstays at a drive-in: dogs, chilli, fries, and shakes. But the burger is the centerpiece; it's a beautifully basic (but not too #basic) thin beef patty that can be tripled up along with grilled onions, cheese, mustard, and pickles.