Whether you’re thinking fine-dining date night, a casual meal at a neighborhood joint, grab-and-go comfort food or a tempting special treat, Riverside eateries cater to all appetites.
Voted Chicagoland’s #1 Neighborhood Restaurant by Open Table, the Chew Chew, near the Riverside train station, stays on the right track with upscale American chow in train-inspired digs and vintage travel-related decor. Chef and owner, Scott Zimmer, invites guests abroad his culinary express, treating them to American-inspired dishes such as Colorado lamb chops, chipotle-barbecue chicken flatbreads, and center-cut filet mignon steaks with lump crab.
Pizza at La Barra
For sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and handcrafted cocktails, head over to La Barra. This beautiful restaurant includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio with scenic views of the village’s historic Water Tower.
Mollie’s Public House is more than just a quaint tavern with Irish beer and whiskey. It’s also a family restaurant serving Irish and American bar grub. Named for owner Brian Carroll’s grandmother, Mollie’s offers a traditional vibe and outdoor patio seating. Featured on Chicago’s Best for all the right reasons, stop by Mollie’s for the famous fish and chips or Shepard’s Pie.
For a unique taste of Mexico, go to La Estancia. With decorations and dinnerware from Puebla, La Estancia gives customers an authentic experience not found at other Mexican restaurants. Named in honor of the ranch in Mexico where her husband is from, owner Claudia Reyes serves up traditional Mexican fare, including quesadillas, tortas, tacos, and tamales. Be sure to save some room for sweet favorites like the horchata and tres leches cakes.
The quaint entrance to La Estancia
Try the best of Bohemia at Little Bohemia Restaurant. Cheerful staff wearing Bohemian costumes serve up big portions of traditional Eastern European food. Popular dishes include breaded pork tenderloin, stuffed cabbage, and pork cutlets. The dumplings and sauerkraut are truly out of this world. You’ll feel like you’re back in Grandma’s kitchen at this Riverside gem.
For a taste of the Middle East, head over to Nada on Harlem Avenue. Nada serves up authentic halal dishes, including keema, a minced beef dish; chicken, lamb, fish or shrimp machboos, served with rice and vegetables, and lamb bamia, a stew served with rice. Other menu items include soup, hummus, mloukieh, and lamb’s head. Open daily, Nada closes at 1:00 a.m. for those late night cravings.