Most people know Bridgeport, Chicago as home to Guaranteed Rate Field (home of the Chicago White Sox), but it also has so much more than that! Bridgeport is a diverse community bubbling with a wide variety of restaurants both old and new. We’ve put together the 10 best restaurants in Bridgeport for you to try next time you find yourself at a game – or just needing something new! Whatever you’re in the mood for, we are sure you can find it in this bustling neighborhood!
Here are our top 10 picks, in no particular order.
Kathy De’s Deli
Located at: 3642 S Parnell Ave Chicago, IL 60609
Why we picked it: One of the best delis around! It’s affordable, and the portions are huge (you’ll actually get two meals for the price of one). It is a deli (says so in the name) so you can expect the usual soup and sandwiches, but they also have daily specials such as Meatloaf Wednesday’s! Make sure you go early, this stuff sells quickly! Parking can be tough during game days but on other days there is often plenty of street parking.
A Place by Damao
Located at: 2621 S Halsted St #1 Chicago, IL 60608
Why we picked it: This is a Sichuan must-try. Although small, and located in a stripmall, don’t be fooled – it is absolutely worth the trip! You may want to just limit your group size because the seating at this restaurant in Bridgeport is limited. A Place by Damao was opened by a then 24-year-old chef, Aishan “Damao” Zhong and partner Mori Guo, and brings new life into the area. The dining experience is truly unique, as is the menu featuring items such as Rabbit Shreds, Pork Brain, Pigs Foot, and more.
Min’s Noodle House
Located at: 3235 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Why we picked it: Come for the food, stay for the impeccable customer service. And when you go (not if), order the bao buns! They are as large as your face and filled to the brim (as bao buns should be). You’ll be able to choose your level of spiciness here so don’t be afraid – but if you do love spice you’ve come to the right place. Great food, great service, and great prices make Min’s an easy choice.
Gios Cafe & Deli
Located at: 2724 S Lowe Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Why we picked it: If you’re in need of authentic Italian food, look no further than Gios. Not only will you feel like you’re sitting in Italy, but time will feel that way too as you’re encouraged to sit, relax, and eat! You can also impress a date by bringing your own bottle of wine and making up how much it costs, because Gios is BYOB!
Located at: 605 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616
Why we picked it: Like Gio’s, Han 202 is also BYOB! They have a prix fixe menu that is $35 for four courses, which has to be one of the cheapest (but also best) prix fixe menus around! The first choice is between 5 different salads, followed by a ton of appetizer options, then entrees (to name a few: duck breast, mongolian beef, lobster tail, and seared red snapper), and finished with dessert! In addition, this restaurant in Bridgeport also has a small sushi menu ranging from $7 to $13. Han 202 does take reservations, which are encouraged.
Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
Located at: 3129 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60608
Why we picked it: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday, Zaytune is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Everything is fresh and custom made here – even their flatbread! They have veggie options too for your vegetarian and vegan friends, so bring everyone. The portions are huge here so consider sharing – but don’t forget to order their pita!
Located at: 752 W 33rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
Why we picked it: Truly a gem, Ajo – think Chipotle bowls but more flavor, variety, and size! And just to emphasize it one more time – the flavor is unbeatable. You can build your own bowl here or you can choose one that is on the menu. In addition, you can feel good about the food you’re eating as it is fresh, local, and organic! Try adding plantains or their pineapple salsa for something new!
Located at: 300 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616
Why we picked it: Whatever you decide to order – make sure to get the spicy pesto cream sauce on it (it tastes good on anything). It’s a quiet, comfy place that is ideal for date nights or a friends night out. They serve very traditional Italian entrees and meat dishes (try the Vesuvio), although they do have vegetarian options too. If it’s a nice night, check out their outdoor patio!
35th Street Red Hots
Located at: 500 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
Why we picked it: There are a myriad of different hot dog places in Chicago, but this one has to rank among one of the best. And although it’s a hot dog place, their shrimp and burgers are also good (trust us). Plus, three words – hand cut fries. They are cash only, but there is an ATM! Fast service, easy parking, and one of the best street dogs you’ll encounter.
Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken
Located at: 2520 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Why we picked it: Great spicy chicken, as the name signals. Just be careful, even ‘mild’ is rather spicy. They also have grilled cheese, salads, soup, and a bunch of sides. The sides are everything you could want with your fried chicken – macaroni and cheese, fries, corn, and wontons but filled with cheese or curry! Their dessert is a must-try too – french toast sticks that taste like cheesecake.
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