South African chain Nando’s is about hot-spiced, flame-grilled chicken. Peri peri, for the uninitiated, is a vinegary, chili-laden sauce in which the meat is marinated. Choose the spice level you want (from mild to tongue-scorching), order at the counter (including beer and wine), and staff bring the meal to your table. It’s like fast food, but a winning step up.
A colorful mosaic and cool artworks dominate the big, boisterous room. Nando's has equally crowded branches in the West Loop, Lincoln Park and Lake View.