Saint Lou's Assembly

American in West Loop & Near West Side

Casual Lou's pays homage to the area's meatpacking past, when 'meat and three' cafeterias – where you'd select a meaty main dish and three sides – were popular. This is the modern version, so take a seat in a retro blue-vinyl booth and choose among Peruvian-style chicken, chili-marinated sirloin steak, kimchi and collard greens, and other modern takes on nostalgic fare.

Cocktails, craft beers and booze-spiked ice-cream floats accompany the wares. The back patio and its boccie court see lots of action when the weather warms.