We all love options, but sometimes making a choice can be slightly overwhelming. Allow us to make it a bit easier and guide you in the right direction with, “The Lab3l’s Picks.” From finding the perfect playlist for that run along the lake, or choosing a restaurant with exceptional food, we want to make the decision making process a tad bit easier and fun for you. After all, it’s just a suggestion. Who knows, you may find our picks so perfect you want to add them to you repertoire. (At least that’s the reaction we hope for.)

Up first, each member has decided to share their favorite humble restaurant to grab a bit to eat. These spots are great for business meetings all the way to catching up with old friends, we hope you enjoy.


Al’s Italian Beef

Taylor Street  (Historic “Little Italy” Location)
1079 W Taylor St. • Chicago, IL 60607
Phone  (312) 226-4017
Mon-Thurs 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – Midnight
Sat 10:00 am – Midnight
Closed Sundays

One of those days, when I want to treat myself to a meal that’s so satisfying and delicious, I choose you Al’s! A Chicago food legend that delivers amazingness with original flavor. This Chicago Franchise is known for its perfectly made Italian Beefs, fresh cut fries, Chicago style hot dogs, Italian sausage, burgers, grilled polishes, and a handful of other great food options.



Papa Cache Sabroso

2517 W Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
( Winter) Monday – Thursday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
(Summer ) Monday – Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am to 11:00pm

Ethnic food is my kryptonite, from Jamaican to Latin all the way to Vietnamese, the dishes are so rich in flavor that I find it unbelievably irresistible. However, no matter how many new restaurants I try, the one that will always have my heart is Papa Cache. As a Humboldt Park staple, Papa Cache has been recommended by several media outlets such as Chicago Reader, Hungry Hound and of course TheLab3L. Their infamous Steak Jibarito is my personal favorite, and the favorite of tourist I bring to the cozy restaurant. With tender juicy steak, topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo all served between Two crispy Green Plantains, I mean if I go any deeper I might start salivating. It’s that serious. Not to mention the restaurant is BYOB. I mean it honestly gets not better than this. Not a fan of steak or plantain? No problem, there are many delicious options to choose from. So stop on by Papa Cache Sabroso and I guarantee it will become a habit you can not get enough of.



Grange Hall Burger Bar

844 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 491-0844
Tue 11:30AM–10PM
Wed 11:30AM–10PM
Thu 11:30AM–11PM
Fri 11:30AM–11PM
Sat 9AM–11PM
Sun 9AM–5PM
Mon Closed

I love burgers and will probably try a burger from every decent restaurant I go to so one of my favorite restaurants is Grange Hall Burger Bar in the West Loop (844 W Randolph St.) The portions are big and the grass-fed beef is amazing. My favorite from their lunch/dinner menu is “the Ultimate” and you can add an egg for $1. I wouldn’t suggest going on a Sunday for lunch however because they only serve breakfast but you can get another fav of mine which is the open faced breakfast burger, grass-fed beef on cinnamon raisin French toast with Canadian and applewood bacon. Sounds yummy right?



Morrison’s Restaurant

8127 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Il 60620
(773) 487-7000
11am-9pm 7 days a week

Everybody loves southern, homemade, authentic food. Morrison’s has the best soul food in Chicago. Candied sweets, collard greens, Mac & cheese, fried chicken, peach cobbler, it’s all so good. No more long waits for Sunday dinner when Morrison’s can feed the soul. Nothing comes from a can, it’s all authentic. Let’s not forget about the corn-muffins. That’s the main reason the lines are long.



Chi Tung

9560 S Kedzie Ave,
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 636-8180
Monday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday 12:30 – 9:30 pm

My favorite food spot is chi tung. I love it because they’ll cook in front of you. It’s very entertaining and they show great hospitality. What’s even better than the food and entertainment is the prices. If you come during the lunch hour, you get soup, salad an entree where you choose different types of meat served with sides of rice and hibachi noodles and for under $15.00. In addition, their yum yum sauce is great with just about any menu item. I highly recommend going doing lunch, and plan to wait because this place is very popular and gets crowded fast.



Freddie’s Pizzeria

701 W. 31 St. Chicago, IL
(312) 808-0147
Sunday-Thursday 9am–12am
Friday-Saturday 9am–1am

 My favorite food shack is a small Italian Restaurant located at 701 W 31st St, Chicago Illinois called Freddie’s Pizzeria. Freddie’s  was established in 1990 by owners Fred and Denise, whose focal point was to have a restaurant that provided homemade Italian food with a friendly atmosphere to match. It was on a car ride home when I stumbled across the amazing place to eat,  overwhelmed by all of the choices on the menu, I picked what was most attractive, the Gravy Bread, Garlic Parmesan Wings, and Cheese fries. Not as heavy as an Italian beef, the Gravy Bread delivers just as much flavor, drenched in the gravy of Italian Beef and covered with cheese. When visiting Freddie’s their Gravy Bread is a must have. Their Garlic Parmesan wings will have your mouth watering for more and more as their crunchy, chicken wings that’s topped with a unique garlicky, cheesy, and thick sauce dance in your mouth. In addition, Freddie’s always has exciting choices for customers from their “slice of the week”, daily specials, to the many fresh new flavors of Italian Ice, you will not run out of options. Aside from having delicious food Freddie’s also provides you with affordable prices for their food and drinks, and great hospitality with their familiar faces, family feel atmosphere, and their engagement with customers. So if you haven’t thought about it already, make Freddie’s one of your go-to restaurants in Chicago, and I promise you, your taste buds will be satisfied.