Things to Do: Dining

From fast food to haute cuisine, Hyde Park packs an eclectic variety of restaurants into its small area.

Ethnic choices abound—Italian, Thai, Mediterranean, Chinese, Cajun, and Caribbean are just a few of the options. The Global Cuisine sensation Chant, for example, recently landed on Chicago Magazine’s list of hot restaurants. Other great choices include Piccolo Mondo, Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen, Mellow Yellow, Noodles Etc., The Sit Down, Rajun Cajun and Shinju Sushi. For pizza and more, there are Giordano’s, Pizza Capri, and the perennial student favorite, Medici on 57th

New restaurants like Hyde Park Taco Station, Red Snapper, Porkchop, Ja' Grill, Wingers, The Promontory, and Native Foods Cafe have added excitement and good eats around the new Hyatt Place at 53rd and Harper Court.  Rounding out desserts are Kilwins and ZBerry. East 55th Street has Vietnamese cuisine with Pho 55, Thai with Thai 55 and nearby Mikkey's offers burgers and breakfast.  Bergstein's NY Deli and Manny's Deli offers bagels and some of the finest corned beef and pastrami sandwiches in town.  Cafe 53 offers not only coffee and pastries but a new line of marvelous sandwiches.  Einstein Bagels recently joined the Harper Court family of eateries. BGab's Goodies offers vegetarian and raw food choices.  Cemitas Puebla brings Mexican cusine to 57th Street adding to that street's culinary choices which include Noodles, Etc. and the Medici.

DNA info writes that Chef Matthias MergesA10 won the Michelin Bib Gourmand award in November, 2014. The Hyde Park restaurant was one of 11 additions to the list of restaurants where Michelin reviewers frequently eat and where a two-course dinner and a glass of wine can be had for less than $40. The award went to 59 restaurants this year. The Italian-inspired restaurant at 1462 E. 53rd St. is the only winner south of Chinatown.  

There are 100 places to eat around the Hyde Park / Kenwood area! Please see the Dining category of our Business Directory for more places to satisfy your hunger.

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