by rmp1981 - 0 Reviews - 3 List
As a former Chicagoan, I find it easy to balk at the chain dining options in my new city of Homewood. Yes, right off Interstate 294, the usual suspects?Applebee's, Chili's and Panda Express dominate Halsted Street, but don't count out this South Side village for its ?corporate? face. Downtown Homewood looks downright cozy. From old-school ice cream shops to tiny taps, here are some hidden spots residents love and appreciate.
Updated: May 18, 2008
Yes, you are going to get your usual fare of Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Wings and Cheese Bread as your appetizers. Skip all those; because once you see the words "11 ounces of black angus beef" of their hand-packed burgers, you will barely have room for anything else.
Giordano's was once my top pizza in Chicago. This place blows it to pieces with its thick crust pizzas. And their Hawaiian Pizza--made the right way, with barbecue sauce, ham and pineapple spilling out from under the cheese--satisfies my Friday night cravings.
This is a combo of Asian flavors all rolled into one place. Not to mention a spin on other food such as their Crispy Chile Calamari, Asian Nachos (with wonton strips, black beans, cheese and peanut sauce) and crab cakes with a mesclun salad topped with pomegranate vinaigrette.