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Best cupcakes

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Brown Sugar Bakery

Cupcakes are only the half of what owner Stephanie Hart does to make you think twice about swearing off pastries as one of your New Year’s resolutions. The caramel and red velvet cupcakes are so unexplainable they’ll make a child slap their parent. Simply put: This is the best-tasting sin in the city.

Brown Sugar Bakery
328 East 75th

Audience choice:
Sweet Mandy B’s
1208 West Webster

Best of Chicago 2011



Best South Side intersection for old-school dining and jazz

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75th and King
For classic African-American cuisine and music, head to the South Side, where four of Chicago’s best venues sit a stone’s throw from each other. Army and Lou’s soul food restaurant, one of the Midwest’s oldest black-owned eateries, is a popular place for smothered chicken, greens and sweet potato pie. The huge aquarium-sized smoker at Lem’s Bar-B-Q turns out perfect ribs, tips and hotlinks. Soul Vegetarian East, run by the African Hebrew Israelite sect, serves up vegan comfort food and good vibes. Pick your poison, then stroll to the New Apartment Lounge, a welcoming dive where 88-year-old tenor sax legend Von Freeman blows on Tuesdays.

Army and Lou’s
422 East 75th
Lem’s Bar-B-Q
(311 East 75th
Soul Vegetarian East
205 East 75th
New Apartment Lounge
504 East 75th

Best of Chicago 2010

Best of the Best: Lem’s Bar-B-Q House

Food & Drink, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park No Comments »

Lem’s Bar-B-Q House
To get the ribs that made Chicago famous, you’ve got to head south, into neighborhoods perhaps unfamiliar. Our favorite is Lem’s, served out of an old-fashioned drive-in, carryout only, with the rib pit fired up smack dab in the middle of the joint. Lem’s makes the big, meaty stick-to-the-bone ribs, with just enough fat to hold the flavor, and an outer layer of meat that peels away with ease. Their mild sauce, a subtle yet sweet-and-tangy original, or Louisiana-style hot sauce, properly take a back seat to the main attraction on the bone.

311 East 75th, (773)994-2428

Best of Chicago 2002