The Best Restaurants In Bronzeville, Chicago

Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and Waffles | © snowpea&bokchoi/Flickr
Photo of Alexandria Ramirez
9 February 2017

At the beginning of the 20th Century, ‘The Great Migration’ brought thousands of African Americans looking for industrial jobs into Bronzeville. Whilst developing, the neighborhood was referred to as the ‘The Black Metropolis,’ because it was one of the nation’s most significant urban area in terms of African American history. With the help of people like Ida B. Wells, Bessie Coleman, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sam Cooke, this strong foreground became the birthplace of Black History Month. Now, almost a century later, the neighbors of Bronzeville welcome residents from neighboring areas to experience their everyday life. Below are a handful of restaurants that you can try while visiting this historic neighborhood.


As you walk into this quaint bagel shop, the employee standing behind the counter welcomes you with a smile. This is a quick and easy place to grab a sandwich, but the amount of pastries, bagels, and subs that are offered will make it almost impossible to figure out what the best thing to order is. They recommend the pizza sub on Italian Bread.

Talon’s, 3241 S Federal St, Chicago, IL, USA

Sesame Seed Bagel | © Liz West/Flickr

Sesame Seed Bagel | © Liz West/Flickr

Southtown Submarine

For 20 years, this sub shop has been Bronzeville’s favorite sub shack. As you’ll see when you head up to the small counter, they sell so much more than submarines. People also enjoy their burgers, hot dogs, gyros, and tacos. Each deluxe meal comes with a free fry and pop, and the five minute wait is worth it once you get your steaming hot food.

Southtown Submarina, 240 E 35th St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312-326-1890

Submarine Sandwich | © jefferyw/Flickr

Submarine Sandwich | © jefferyw/Flickr

Ain’t She Sweet Café

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , $$$
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad | © Didriks/Flickr
This small, modern cafe is the perfect spot for people who want to hang out. The modern artwork that hangs on the walls creates a perfect atmosphere for the homemade food. The menu allows its customers to choose from a variety of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, shakes, frozen treats, soups, and fruit salads. However, their best dish is their Southern style jerk chicken bowl, which is a crowd favorite and is a must if you are visiting their location for the first time.

Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles

Restaurant, American, $$$
Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and Waffles | © snowpea&bokchoi/Flickr
While you’re in Bronzeville, why not take a trip down South as well? Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles will allow you to do just that. This large restaurant is a soul and comfort food hot spot. The employees are friendly and the food makes the restaurant Chicago’s favorite spot for chicken and waffles. Along with waffles and chicken, some of their best dishes include mac and cheese, gizzards, mashed potatoes, and their home style gravy. The wait for your food may take a little while — however, it will be worth it once the steaming plate comes to your table.

Honey 1 BBQ

Restaurant, American
This carry-out establishment opened in 2015 and immediately won the hearts of its customers with its rib tips. By using a sauce that is marinated and smoked into each item, including their fries and smoked meat, it is no wonder that people who live outside of Bronzeville come here for a taste of hearty fare.

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