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Let’s just face the facts, women are running the world right now and that includes owning fabulous restaurants. Next time you’re in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Hyde Park, be sure to visit these hot restaurants owned exclusively by women.

1. Saucy Porka

Owner: Amy Le

Amy started out in the food truck business back in 2011 and opened the doors to Saucy Porka two years later. Inspired by her and her husband’s Latin and Asian cultures, Le cooks up recipes passed down from their grandmother and mothers, with a twist of modern flare.
1164 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

2. La Petite Folie

Owner: Mary B. Mastricola

Graduating from Le Cordone Bleu paris, Mary took her love and knowledge of Parisian food and opened La Petite Folie. The menu boasts classically prepared French food and an all-French wine list.
1504 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

3. Nella Pizza e Pasta

Owner: Nella Grassano

Grassano is a classically trained pizziaola, serving up traditional Neapolitan pizza and pasta with her husband Francisco. All recipes on the menu have been passed down through generations and made by hand.
1125 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

4. The Snail

Owner: Anonymous, former nurse in Thailand

Serving up traditional Thai cuisine for over 25 years, the owner of Snail, who prefers to remain anonymous, is passionate about sharing her love of Thai culture with her patrons. “I love to give and I love to see people in our restaurant.”
1649 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

5. Fabiana’s Bakery

Owner: Fabiana Carter

Fabiana’s is a small, family-owned bakery specializing in pastries and baked goods. Carter is a self-taught baker, originally from Brazil and growing up in an Italian household. Her most famous treats are the cinnamon rolls and Brazilian chocolate cake.
1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

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