The culture of the South Side is often viewed as the hardworking, gritty, and blue-collar. The lack of glitz may be why some diners skip the South Side. Often ignored and underrepresented, the South Side offers more than the typical cliches.
Most South Side restaurants eschew fancy design preferring to serve food with a no-nonsense demeanor, an attitude locals have grown accustomed to, and one the rest of the city has seemingly yet to pick up upon. Simple, quick and to-the-point, South Side cuisine can be defined by age-old family recipes of Pilsen carnitas or the tacos of Archer Heights. Or perhaps maybe it's southern comfort food that remind you of home that you can find on the East Side. Yes, Chicago has an East Side.
It's the food you grew up with, dishes that also define you. Sure, there are tweaks as recipes evolve, but the food doesn't change radically. The following restaurants best represent these qualities. Listed in alphabetical order. If there's restaurants that should make the list, leave suggestions in the comments.Read More