It isn’t immediately apparent that you’re in a Southern restaurant when you walk into Pearl’s - the decor doesn’t hit you over the head with a theme, and the large TVs seem like they’d be more at home in a sports bar. But Pearl’s does Southern food very well, serving a mix of Cajun classics like po’boys and jambalaya, as well as excellent barbecue. The barbecue is the real star, so be sure to get the pulled pork, ribs, or smoked chicken.
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Income Tax is a restaurant and wine bar in Edgewater serving excellent upscale small plates.
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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus’s has great fried chicken in a cool Fulton Market loft space. Expect a bit of heat from their trademark cayenne heavy seasoning.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Fried Chicken & Fish serves good fried chicken on the best patio in town. This is an excellent hangout spot when it’s nice outside.
Luella’s Gospel Bird
Luella’s Gospel Bird is a Southern restaurant in Wicker Park that makes great fried and jerk chicken.
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Bar Roma is a Italian restaurant and bar in Andersonville with fantastic pastas and Italian small plates.
Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant
Ras Dashen is an excellent Ethiopian restaurant in Edgewater with fantastic food.
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