Maywood Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Maywood

April 14, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It was founded on April 6, 1869, and organized October 22, 1881. The population was 24,090 at the 2010 United States Census.

1. Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

4100 Roosevelt Rd, Hillside, IL 60162-1824 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Private Dining, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 708-547-7177
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Emilio offered in both the dining room and bar for dinner daily. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.

Reviewed By Geoff809 - Montclair, New Jersey

Fantastic tapas dishes. 4 of us had 8 tapas and not a bad one in the bunch. Nice wine, band and dancers gave a little slice of authentic Spain to the evening. Prices were very reasonable for this upscale restaurant in the heart of the...MoreGracias for your review and rating, we appreciate it. Please stop by soon, happy hour is M-F 4:30-6:30 and we have bar bites from $1.95 in our bar!

2. Johnnie's Beef

7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-4140 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 708-452-6000
Excellent
75%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Johnnie's Beef

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

Johnnie's Beef is located on the northwest corner of North Ave. and 75th Ave. Part of the reason that the beef is so good, is that Johnnie's Beef is competing with about six or seven restaurants within one city block. There is parking for Johnnie's Beef which does give it an edge. Though there is only a counter to stand at to eat inside, there are about eight picnic tables on the outside. Johnnie's Beef is cash only. We ordered two beef sandwiches. The first was just a regular beef with only sweet peppers. Mine was the beef with both types of peppers and dipped. I could not believe the amount of peppers on the sandwich of both types - sweet and giardiniera. But the beef, even with the extra peppers, really had a balanced taste. The peppers really did not overpower the sandwich. Johnnie's Beef is reasonably priced.

3. Gene & Jude's

2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 708-452-7634
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 290 reviews

Gene & Jude's

Reviewed By Adam P - Dallas, Texas

Flew into Chicago to meet a friend and drive back down to TX. We made one stop, and this was it. It just brings you back to the good old days. Great customer service with an equally great attitude. Sure the food is simple, but that’s the whole point. The hot dogs are on point just covered in fries and the few toppings they offer. Mustard, relish etc. Saddle up to the stand up counter and munch away. If you are looking for a good dog I highly recommend.

4. Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

7347 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1543 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 708-366-7970
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

Reviewed By Hana S - Chicago, Illinois

The Brown Cow is a hidden gem! A hole in the wall with the best ice cream in the area! Whenever we eat on Madison street dinner is always followed by the Brown Cow. Homemade and delish!! Get the chocolate peanut butter for PB lovers❤️❤️

5. Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 33 +1 708-366-4010
Excellent
87%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

Analyzing who Gaetano is, and where he comes from (Bagheria, Sicily), he decided to go back to his roots and the basic fundamentals of Mediterranean cuisine, honoring the chef’s who taught him, his parents, and his mentor, Francesco Paolo Sanmarco, the proprietor of A’Cuccagna in Palermo, Sicily. The Mediterranean diet is more about education and a cariety of simple, aromatic, healthy and organic ingredients. For centuries, Sicily (in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea) was invaded by Spain, Greece and the Normans, to name a few. Every invading country left their ‘mark’ on Sicily, by adding to and enhancing the cuisine. At Ristorantino Mediterraneo, you will find many flavors, more well known in other cultures, for instance, ‘sweet and sour’ flavor is more of an Arabic influence, however this is the flavor you will find in traditional Sicilian Caponata.

Reviewed By BK_overdrive - Chicago, Illinois

We have been to Gaetano's many times and always have a great meal and great service. This time was a little more special as the owner, who was doing a tasting menu for a table near us, was very willing to prepare a particularly interesting looking appetizer that went by on the way to 'the tasters'. It was wonderful (halibut and calamari) -- but more importantly what was wonderful was how happy Gaetano was to prepare it for us. Doesn't matter where you live in Chicagoland - you should make a trip to Gaetano's, at least once!

6. Tom's Steak House

1901 W North Ave, Melrose Park, IL 60160-1190 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 708-345-2766
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Tom's Steak House

Reviewed By George S - Cincinnati, Ohio

Old time Steakhouse with white table clothes and fresh cut steaks on the premises.
I also had one of the best Greek salads in a long time. Service was excellent and the place was full of locate regular customers so you know the food is great. They also have a great bar area.

7. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

1038 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301-1102 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 708-358-0800
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 218 reviews

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Reviewed By Kevin H

If you’re not from Chicago and want the “chicago style pizza” This is the place. The food is always great. Hot and fresh. This location has something that sets it aside form other locations. THE STAFF IS AWESOME.
Our waiter, Dong(?), was great. Took our order with our writing down, got it right and was polite, funny and respectful. He treated us like family and didn’t see my kids as a nuisance but interacted with them. Something I didn’t realize was missing from today’s service until he showed us.The meal was timed perfectly and was just another in what is becoming a long line of successes at this location.
This is the place that has it all. Good atmosphere, cold beer, great staff and awesome deep dish pizza. A can’t miss experience.

8. Alpine Food Shop

7538 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707-4141 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 708-453-3505
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Reviewed By Chickenhawk12 - Chicago, Illinois

I have been to this popular sandwich shop several times and realized after the most recent visit why I do not frequent this place. I ordered a Turkey sandwich with everything excepting all the flavors offered... I was underwhelmed. Essentially, there is no "WOW" factor to their sandwiches. Perhaps they can begin by changing the bread or creating a sandwich exclusive to Alpine.

9. Maya Del Sol

144 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2902 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 708-358-9800
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 344 reviews

Maya Del Sol

Located in Oak Park, Maya Del Sol is just minutes away from the city and surrounding suburbs of Chicago. Prepare to be whisked away by the exciting flavors and tastes from some of Latin America's most vibrant countries. The unique menu is complemented by an inventive cocktail menu and extensive wine list. Relax on one of the best patios in the Chicago area when weather permits or dine in one of our two comfortable dining rooms. If you prefer, pull up a stool in the lively bar area, which has live music on some Friday nights from 9pm - midnight. Join us in celebrating numerous special occasions throughout the year, including Mother's & Father's Day, Cinco de Maya, Day of the Dead and many more. Celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Maya is also available for private parties - on or off-site - perfect for weddings, rehearsals and showers.

Reviewed By klynnkitto - Oak Park

One of our favorites. (in fact -- have I really never reviewed this place before??) I'll give a specific review from our meal this past Sunday, rather than try to roll our years of dining at Maya into one long review. We started with the...MoreHello! Just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We are so pleased that you have enjoyed your visits over the years! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

10. Portillo's Hot Dogs

7740 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL 60130-3036 (Formerly Portillo's) Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 708-383-7557
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By Yogini109 - Oak Park, Illinois

I love Portillo's! My favorite is Italian Sausage on a hotdog bun with mustard, onions, and sport peppers. I love everything they have though. Their fries are always delicious. I can't remember one time not getting fresh fries. But again, consistency is the key. I can always expect my food to taste good and to be freshly made. Sometimes the wait is annoying, but usually not.

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