Brookside By Day, 3313 S. Peoria, 745-9989; BBD 2, 8218 S. Harvard, 481-5555
From fluffy omelets to southern comfort classics like biscuits and gravy or grits, the homemade breakfast options at Brookside By Day abound. Of course, there are filling pancakes and waffles to complement the savory dishes. And there's plenty of coffee to go around. For something different, try a seasonal dish from the specials board. The menu also includes lunch items like quesadillas and sandwiches, but breakfast at BBD is definitely the main attraction.
HOURS: MON-SAT 7AM-2PM, SUN 8AM-2PM
Phil-Asia, 3530 S. Sheridan Road, 663-5011
For a taste of the Philippines, try lunch at Phil-Asia. The restaurant and grocery store features a selection of cafeteria-style lunch items at reasonable prices. Customer favorites include Beef Caldereta, a beef stew with chunks of meat and vegetables, and Chicken Adobo, large pieces of bone-in chicken cooked with soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and bay leaves in chicken broth. Also try the chicken curry or a side order of lumpia, the Filipino version of egg rolls.
HOURS: MON-SAT 10AM-7PM
White River Fish Market
1708 N. Sheridan, 835-1910
You know the seafood counter at your neighborhood market? Well, this place is like that except they'll cook your seafood for you anyway you like it. One cannot help but feel tempted by the fresh selection of oysters and cocktail shrimp as an appetizer. White River offers grilled catfish, swordfish and tuna steak. If the grill's not your game, try the smoked salmon or one of the many fried options like catfish, stuffed crab or clam strips.
HOURS: MON-THURS 8AM-8PM; FRI-SAT 8AM-8:30PM
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