Restaurants

Top Choice Pub Food in Pilsen & Near South Side

Pleasant House Pub

Follow your nose to Pleasant House, which bakes tall, fluffy, savory pies. Daily flavors include chicken and chutney, steak and ale, or kale and mushroom, made with produce the chefs grow themselves. The pub also se…
Mexican in Pilsen & Near South Side

Don Pedro Carnitas

At this no-frills meat den, a man with a machete salutes you at the front counter. He awaits your command to hack off pork pieces and then wraps the thick chunks with onion and cilantro in a fresh tortilla. You then…
Dumplings in Pilsen & Near South Side

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

The name doesn't lie: it's all about dumplings in this bright room under bamboo lanterns. They come steamed by the dozen, with fillings such as lamb and coriander, ground pork and cabbage, sea whelk and leek, and so…
Pub Food in Pilsen & Near South Side

Flo & Santos

This South Loop neighborhood pub is known for its tavern-style pizza (with wafer-thin crust and sweet sauce) and its Polish dishes (such as pierogi and potato pancakes). Eat in the warm, exposed-brick interior or in…
Chinese in Pilsen & Near South Side

Chi Cafe

Thanks to nearly nonstop hours and an enormous menu that has everything from Taiwanese-style fried turnip omelets to minced pork with spaghetti, beef hot pot and scallop congee, Chi Cafe's shiny lacquer tables bustl…
Seafood in Pilsen & Near South Side

Lawrence's Fisheries

There's not much to look at inside this 24-hour joint, but the window at the end of the long dining room frames a stunning scene of the Willis Tower over the Chicago River. Not that you have much option but to stand…
Chinese in Pilsen & Near South Side

Sweet Station

Join the young, hip Asian crowd chowing at Sweet Station in Chinatown Sq. Slide into a booth, flip on the table's flat-screen TV, then settle in to examine the massive menu. It sprawls through a global medley includ…
Chinese in Pilsen & Near South Side

Phoenix

Though better sit-down dinner experiences in Chinatown are abundant, the draw here is the excellent dim sum. Small plates of char siu bao (barbecued pork buns), shrimp-filled rice noodles, egg custards and other pop…
Cafe in Pilsen & Near South Side

Cafe Jumping Bean

This ramshackle cafe will make you feel like a regular as soon as you step through the door. It serves excellent hot focaccia sandwiches, baked goods and strong coffee to the 20- and 30-something crowd of local bohe…
Gastropub in Pilsen & Near South Side

Dusek's

Pilsen's hipsters gather under the pressed-tin ceiling of this gastropub to fork into the ever-changing menu of beer-inspired dishes, such as beer-battered soft-shell crab or dark-lager-roasted duck. The eatery shar…