Let's face it. The White Sox and Bridgeport are constantly compared to their media-savvy North Side counterparts. That won't go away, despite the Sox bringing Chicago its only World Series championship this century. Bridgeport and its surrounding neighborhood aren't full of restaurants inside new developments, but it is near Chinatown. That, along with a handful of neighborhood eateries give fans many tasty dining options before and after ballgames. Don't allow reputation and flimsy, "out-of-town-stupid" logic affect finding a great place to eat near The Cell. In honor of former manager and player Ozzie Guillen, here's 13 great restaurants near U.S. Cellular Field. For a guide of food inside the stadium, click over here.Read More
Where To Eat Near U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago
13 great restaurants for fan fuel near Sox Park
35th Street Red Hots
Ketchup is the enemy, as hot dogs ordered with the condemned condiment are considered "Cubbie Dogs," and will get a ring of the Ketchup Bells of Shame. Depression dogs, with the fries shoved on top of the red hot, are the name of the game at this Sox Park gameday haven.
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Dolo Restaurant And Bar
Chinatown is full of all sorts of great restaurants, located just one Red Line stop from The Cell. Esquire called Dolo one of the city's best new restaurants for 2015. The Cantonese spot gets high marks for short ribs and Dungeness crabs.
The Duck Inn
Chef Kevin Hickey loves Bridgeport, and his restaurant will offer shuttle service and free parking for fans. The Duck Fat Dog may not have the same hype as a certain encased meat spot up north, but it more than makes up with the flavor.
Maxwell Street Depot
Fans who want a Chicago-style pork chop sandwich are in luck over at Maxwell Street Depot, a fast-food stand that's open 24-hours a day.
As MLB and NFL stadiums continue to neglect brunch items, Nana is the best of the bunch in Bridgeport (if you exclude Chinese dim sum). There's an emphasis on sustainable ingredients, and Nana the perfect spot to take a pompous North Sider who underestimates the power of the South Side.
Pleasant House Bakery
Note, Pleasant House announced it's closing in mid-May and moving to Pilsen. Savory pies haven't caught on in America like they have in Britain, but Bridgeport has a gem of a spot in Pleasant House. Hearty meat-filled pies, fish and chips and more will keep fans fed. Don't forget a side of chutney.
Pot Sticker House
The restaurant formerly known as Ed's Pot Sticker House would be at home in the heart of Chinatown, with the Lazy Susans and Northern Chinese cuisine. Though they're known for their cigar-shaped pot stickers, don't sleep on the crisp sweet-glazed eggplant or the cumin-flavor lamb with bone. But seriously, try that eggplant.
Ricobene's has been a South Side staple forever, with their messy and cheesy Italian-American favorites. There's some controversy here over the breaded steak sandwich. Is it the best sandwich in the U.S.? We're not sure if it's the sandwich king of Chicago. But it's pretty tasty.
Strings Ramen Shop
If you're in a bind before the game, why not stop by at Strings, one of the best ramen shops in the city? Slurp up some noodles before first pitch.
Taqueria San Jose
Bridgeport expert Kevin Hickey raves about the tripe tacos at the last-night spot. BYO and have a tailgate before the game.
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Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
Lebanese food is a rare genre that The Cell doesn't offer inside the stadium. So why not grab some, along with the special house hot sauce at this fast-casual spot.
Over in nearby McKinley Park, grab a Mexican-style seafood platter and sit in the outdoor patio a La Palapa. BYOB, and maybe you'll hear some of the mariachi band.
The house-made sausage is a must when ordering the Chicago-style, thin-crust pizzas at Phil's. Pro Tip: Get your pizza well done and spice it up with some giardiniera.