Maywood, Illinois

Maywood, Illinois has about twenty five thousand people calling it home, and there are many great restaurants and bars in the area to serve them. It's an often overlooked city, with many people in the area flocking into downtown Chicago for an upscale meal. But why try to beat the traffic and the clock to go all the way downtown when you can have an excellent meal right here in Maywood? These mostly family run businesses have excellent food and even better service. These are our picks for great dining and drinking in the 60153 and 60155 zip codes.


Maywood residents will be quick to tell you that Tropical Times is the best restaurant in town. The portions are huge, and everything is cooked just right. Try the jerk chicken, it's fantastic. Great plantains and rice here too. They stick to Caribbean food and only Caribbean food, which we appreciate! One specialty done right. Love this place.

Address: 1117 South 1st Avenue
Phone: 708.338.2003


Ocean Fish is really best known a chicken joint! And it's fantastic. If you're craving some deliciously cooked wings, there's no better place in Maywood to go. Of course they've also got excellent fish dishes and pizza too, but trust us on the wings... they are worth a trip.

Address: 713 West Roosevelt Road
Phone: 708.345.0505


We love T & JJ's because they've got a great mix of American classics and soul food! Wonderful breakfast spot... great for barbecue and burgers... and perfectly cooked chicken and steak. We recommend the hoagies and cheesesteak sandwiches. So good you've got to try it yourself and find out what you've been missing.

Address: 718 South 5th Avenue
Phone: 708.338.1185


Hidden away in a strip mall, you'd be apt to miss this one if we weren't telling you about it right now. It's a quick stop to pick up their pizza puffs and tacos, and nobody does 'em as well as Tina Hut does! Great specials during the day for your lunch hour. Definitely worth checking out.

Address: 1117 Madison Street
Phone: 708.345.9340


Some fish and chicken restaurants have the food ready to serve when you walk in, but not Starfish & Chicken! Everything is cooked to order, made fresh especially for you. There are daily specials to help you save a buck too. We'd recommend the Jack Salmon fish dinner, and the Catfish Fillets by the piece are excellent too.

Address: 711 West Roosevelt Road
Phone: 708.338.0900


Craving the best barbecue and don't want to leave the Maywood area to get it? Coleman's Barbecue has got what you're searching for. Perfectly cooked steaks, seafood, chicken, and more, all with the wonderful flavors that you crave, and great service too.

Address: 1008 South 17th Avenue
Phone: 708.343.9667


Nick's is known for the best gyros in the Chicago area, and their Maywood location serves them up hot and fresh just like the downtown locations do. Their combo meals will help you save some cash while filling your tummy, and they always load them up with a lot of meat and delicious sauce! Fantastic.

Address: 608 South 5th Avenue
Phone: 708.338.1050


Skip the typical restaurants and try Al's Drive In. It's like stepping into the past, with the great old diner vibe, the wonderful service, and of course that incredible food. Grab a hamburber or cheeseburger, and a side of fried rice. Sounds strange, but it's so good, and you can't get it like this anywhere else. Al's is highly recommended!

Address: 80 Madison Street
Phone: 708.344.8660


This is a very popular spot in the Maywood area, with all your deep fried favorites! They've also got excellent pizza puffs and perfectly cooked hot dogs. If you want to try something a little different, try the Greek plate, a Greek salad, or perhaps a chicken pita!

Address: 101 West Roosevelt Road
Phone: 708.450.1100


Cuban food at its best! El Prado is located conveniently on Lake Street, in that familiar brick building with the small sign jutting out over the sidewalk. It's kind of under the radar, but Chicago locals know that this is THE spot for the best Cuban food in town. We recommend the fried sweet plantains, and the ropa vieja. Too good!

Address: 612 Lake Street
Phone: 708.681.4119

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