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The Best Soul Food in Chicago

According to USA TODAY:

Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago, Illinois

S. Herlihy, Demand Media

Perched against the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois has many varied attractions for residents and locals alike. Catch a show at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre or listen to a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Shoppers can window shop along the Miracle Mile. When you’re done, grab a meal at one of the area’s restaurants. If you’re in the mood for a meal with southern flair, try one of region’s soul food restaurants.

Located in the heart of Chicago, MacArthur’s Restaurant serves authentic soul food the whole family can enjoy. MacArthur’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Menus include favorites such as baked chicken, barbecued turkey legs, liver and onions, and meatloaf. Available sides include macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet corn and lima beans. Dessert offerings include sweet potato pie and banana pudding. MacArthur’s is also open for catering and takeout.
MacArthur’s Restaurant 5412 West Madison St. Chicago, IL 60644 (773) 261-2316?

Army & Lou’s Restaurant has been a Chicago institution for decades. Diners can choose from many different southern specialties for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a casual setting. Breakfast options include traditional favorites like pancakes and more unusual possibilities such as catfish steak or baby beef liver. The extensive lunch and dinner menu is divided into several sections. Order a southern theme entree such as half a fried chicken or baby back ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. Other menu options range from turkey sandwiches to scallops. Light eaters may be happy with just a cup of gumbo. Catering is available upon request.
Army & Lou’s Restaurant 422 East 75th St. Chicago, IL 60619-2202 (773) 483-3100

Table Fifty Two is owned by Art Smith, formerly Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Today, diners can sample his interpretation of soul food in a restaurant that pays homage to his southern roots. Smith emphasizes soul food with upscale ingredients and varying presentations. Appetizers include low country shrimp and grits with tomato stew, fried green tomato napoleons and wood-fired pizza topped with Berkshire pork belly. Main courses include cornmeal crusted catfish, jambalaya with crawfish, Amish chicken and sausage, and duck leg confit with braised fennel. Relax and enjoy a dessert of pecan pie or hummingbird cake.
Table Fifty Two 52 West Elm St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 573-4000?


S. Herlihy has been a freelance writer since 2001. Her work has appeared in many publications, including “USA Today,” “The Women’s Independent Press,” “Big Apple Parent” and “ComputorEdge Magazine.” Herlihy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York.

Tim Padavic