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Medici on 57th

Burgers   0.39 miles from University of Chicago 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Known for its pizzas and burgers, Medici has served generations of University of Chicago students and faculty—many of whom carved their name on the tables and walls — Fodor's

The menu of thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and salads draws U of C students to this colorful cafe and bakery. — Lonely Planet

Hyde Park institution close to the University of Chicago that serves up a mix of salads, pizza and quality hamburgers. — Rough Guide

Bring a Sharpie and an appetite for burgers and pan pizza when you hit this University of Chicago hangout. — Time Out

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Salonica

Diners   0.58 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Where to go the morning after. — Not For Tourists

It makes perfect sense that this Greek diner should be on U. of C. territory—the interior has that dark, woodsy look of a professor’s office, and servers exhibit all the sensitivity and... — Time Out

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Daley's Restaurant

Diners   0.69 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Century old restaurant serving comfort food. — Not For Tourists

Depending on how you look at it, Daley’s restaurant has been around since 1892 or 1937 (the first, the original opening date; the second, the current incarnation). Either way, it’s one of... — Time Out

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Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen

Middle Eastern   0.72 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cedars’ falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, lentil soup—pretty much everything that goes with its delicious, warm pita bread—have us hooked. — Time Out

Great food, horrible service. — Not For Tourists

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La Petite Folie

French   0.75 miles from University of Chicago 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the "best choices" for "fine dining" in Hyde Park, this "charming" bistro offers "always great" "classic" French dishes and wines in a "quiet" white-tablecloth dining room. — Zagat

Highlights have unveiled smoked pheasant salad punctuated by dried cherries and earthy walnuts; or hazelnut-crusted salmon atop squid ink fettuccine. — Michelin Guide

Chef-owner Mary Mastricola has set a high standard for classic French fare at her pleasant bistro in Hyde Park, and sometimes she succeeds. — Gayot

The only haute cuisine in the neighborhood. Expensive and worth it. — Not For Tourists

A midlife career change prompted chef Mary Mastricola to open this almost-hidden, slightly upscale spot a decade ago. — Time Out

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The Sit Down

Pizza   0.77 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sake with your caprese salad? Must be fusion. — Not For Tourists

This Hyde Park joint casts the net wide with a catchall menu of wallet-wise, student-friendly dishes: sushi, pizza, sandwiches, soup, salads. — Time Out

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A10 Hyde Park

  0.9 miles from University of Chicago 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Restaurant review by Amy Cavanaugh Until last month, I had only been to Hyde Park three times. The neighborhood is not exactly a bastion of great dining, and there wasn’t much to lure me... — Time Out

“Named after a highway between Italy and France”, Matthias Merges’ “charming”, “upscale” Hyde Park kitchen offers an “innovative”, seasonal menu of Italian-leaning fare in an “intimate”,... — Zagat

Matthias Merges' buzz-worthy haunt brings Italian/French eats to Hyde Park. — Gayot

Hyde Park is experiencing a bit of a culinary renaissance thanks to a few new faces in the crowd. Take chef-owner Matthias Merges, who does a 180 from his Japanese-centric menu at Logan... — Fodor's

A10 is a highway that winds through the Italian Riviera, but its detour through Hyde Park comes courtesy of prolific restaurateur, Matthias Merges. University of Chicago students and... — Michelin Guide

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Chant

Chinese   0.92 miles from University of Chicago 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

We like this Zen-oriented spot for its large menu, hip interior and full-service bar. — Time Out

Upscale Asian for Hyde Parkers. — Not For Tourists

Asian-cuisine purists might raise their eyebrows at dishes such as Peking duck tacos or Thai hummus, but Chant's Asian-inspired global cuisine has plenty of fans. — Fodor's

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Jamaican Jerk Spice

  0.93 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Traffic on this stretch of Cottage Grove zooms by, but time slows to a mellow pace once inside this Jamaican joint. — Time Out

Ugly and ungentrified, but their jerk goat is exciting stuff. — Not For Tourists

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Valois Restaurant

American   0.94 miles from University of Chicago 68 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s a mixed crowd at Valois. In fact, the clientele is so socioeconomically diverse that a U of C sociology professor wrote a well-known book about it, titled Slim’s Table. It seems hot,... — Lonely Planet

See Your Food. — Not For Tourists

This cash-only Hyde Park institution serves big portions of no-frills diner classics cafeteria-style — Fodor's

Quick thinking is the key to success at this classic cafeteria: once the line reaches the counter, you have only a few seconds to place your order, pick a side, order a drink and pay. — Time Out

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The Promontory

  0.98 miles from University of Chicago 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Equal parts restaurant, watering hole, and music venue, The Promontory brings a much-needed gathering place to the Hyde Park community. Under lofty ceilings trimmed with black iron beams... — Michelin Guide

Restaurant review by Amy Cavanaugh You’ll smell it the second you walk into the restaurant—that wood-burning scent is the hearth, the pride and joy of the Promontory, a new Hyde Park... — Time Out

The Promontory Restaurant Review: Dine on the first floor of this concert venue, which is part of the University of Chicago’s Harper Court project, one where big windows let in light... — Gayot

“Tasty”, “interesting” American fare and “fantastic” cocktails are offered at this Hyde Park kitchen, where the menu features “unusual combinations” and lots of open-hearth cooking in... — Zagat

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Miss Lee Good Food

Barbecue   1.05 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Soul food carry-out by ex-Gladys' Luncheonette. — Not For Tourists

Of the signs that litter the walls of this takeout soul-food shop, the most important is not the one telling you not to loiter or eat in the waiting area; it’s the sign boasting more than... — Time Out

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Roy's Soul Food

  1.81 miles from University of Chicago 69 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pretty Hawaiian contemporary cuisine. — Not For Tourists

Roy's Restaurant Review: Dramatic, dark surroundings set the stage for dishes like tuna poke with inamona jus, truffle oil, avocado and cucumber, while a good selection of wines and saké... — Gayot

Roy's may celebrate its Hawaiian roots in its food and background music, but this sophisticated spot with floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant seating does not play to any cliches. The... — Michelin Guide

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Daddy O Jerkpit

  2.22 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You’ll meet Daddy-O right away as each regular who walks through the door hollers out nearly the same carryout order: “Half jerk, dark, Daddy.” He’ll scoot to the aquarium smoker near the... — Time Out

No frills but most authentic jerk chicken outside of Montego Bay. — Not For Tourists

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Lem's Bar-B-Q House

Barbecue   2.32 miles from University of Chicago 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As the best barbecue joints on the South Side do, Lem’s requires that you order through bulletproof glass and then take your ribs elsewhere to be devoured (it’s takeout only). — Time Out

Lem's is revered for its smoky-sauced rib tips, which come cushioned between a bed of fries and topping of white bread slices. You'll need a car to get here. Cash only. — Lonely Planet

The gold standard of BBQ joints. — Not For Tourists

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Barbara Ann's Barbeque

Barbecue   2.32 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Better than average 'cue and links. — Not For Tourists

The sage- and fennel-flecked sausage at this smoke shack is custom-made by a local sausage maker and, like the amazingly juicy chicken, gets significant smoke time over the smoldering... — Time Out

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Soul Vegetarian East

Vegan and Vegetarian   2.37 miles from University of Chicago 67 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Vegetarian soul food? SVE pleases even the skeptics. — Not For Tourists

Finding soul food that meets the tenets of the vegan diet is such a rarity that the creative barbecue sandwiches and dinner plates at this comfy South Side place have earned a national reputation. — Lonely Planet

This spot’s a neighborhood stalwart in a neighborhood that, frankly, needs stalwarts. In a family atmosphere for vegans looking to escape boring lentil hell, the “BBQ Twist” sandwich is... — Time Out

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Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

American   2.39 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fine dining brought to you by Washburne College culinary students. — Not For Tourists

We’ll admit there’s a somewhat amateurish edge to the service in this ornate dining room. But at least these servers have an excuse: They’re students from Washburne Culinary Institute who... — Time Out

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Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles

Burgers   2.4 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Authentic Southern classics, including their famous fried chicken and waffles. — Not For Tourists

No, there's no relation to L.A.’s famous Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. But you can still get that sweet and salty duo of fried chicken and waffles any time of the day here, and... — Time Out

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Pearl's Place Restaurant

Italian   2.6 miles from University of Chicago 66 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Whoever you are, Pearl, thank you. You must be pretty special to have inspired this Creole-influenced soul-food restaurant in your name. We’ve learned the hard way to be patient with the... — Time Out

Mama's soul food at a snail's pace. — Not For Tourists

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