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 like catfish, biscuits and pot pies attract all kinds – even Barack Obama, who chowed here regularly when he lived in the neighborhood. Cash only.

It’s a real-deal cafeteria, so know what you want before reaching the front of the fast-moving line.