Top Choice Gastropub in Hyde Park & South Side

Duck Inn

This superb gastropub hides on a working-class block in Bridgeport. There's much to love here: the ubercool mid-century modern decor, exquisite but frugally priced cocktails, oh, and the food, especially the signatu…
Modern American in Hyde Park & South Side


This convivial little gem received a Michelin Bib Gourmand award for great food offered at great value. It whips up yummy organic breakfasts (try the poached egg and chorizo 'nanadict') by day, and sandwiches and no…
American in Hyde Park & South Side

Valois Cafeteria

It’s a mixed crowd at Valois. In fact, the clientele is so socioeconomically diverse that a U of C sociology professor wrote a well-known book about it, titled Slim’s Table. It seems hot, fast, Southern-style dishes…
Cafe in Hyde Park & South Side


The menu of thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and salads draws U of C students to this colorful cafe and bakery. For breakfast, try the ‘eggs espresso,’ made by steaming eggs in an espresso machine. Heaps of gluten-free…
Cafe in Hyde Park & South Side

Currency Exchange Café

This former currency exchange, cleverly reconceived as a stylish cafe and community gathering spot by local activist-artist Theaster Gates, injects a commercial strip in under-resourced Washington Park with a dose o…
Vegan in Hyde Park & South Side

Soul Vegetarian East

Finding soul food that meets the tenets of the vegan diet is such a rarity that the creative barbecue sandwiches and dinner plates at this comfy South Side place have earned a national reputation. It attaches to a j…
Barbecue in Hyde Park & South Side

Lem’s Bar-B-Q House

Lem's is revered for its smoky-sauced rib tips, which come cushioned between a bed of fries and topping of white bread slices. You'll need a car to get here. Cash only.