Pearl’s Place Restaurant Offers Country Cooking in the Windy City

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Pearl's Place

Southern, homestyle food in a fine dining atmosphere is the concept at Pearl’s Place Restaurant in the multicultural Bronzeville community of Chicago.

The full-service restaurant offers dozens of Southern favorites on its changing daily buffet, as well as a full menu that remains consistent throughout the year.

“That’s one of the things that helps us to stand out amongst other restaurants that have similar concepts,” owner Darrell Green says. “They oftentimes have either seasonal menus, or they have menus that change daily, or they’re only in place for a couple of days. We tend to keep the same, consistent menu every day with the exception of our buffet, which is what we call fluid. It’s constantly changing. On our buffet, there are items that may be present at one part of the day and not a different part of the day just to keep it interesting and fresh.”

Pearl's Place

Frequent guests love Pearl’s Place for breakfast, available on the buffet all day long. Other favorites from the menu include a shrimp and cheesy grits appetizer, smothered short ribs of beef and fried catfish. They serve chicken fried, jerk, smothered or baked every day.

“We’re known for our service, not just for our great food. We give service that is unparalleled, especially for the community and the type of food we serve,” Green says.

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Pearl’s Place Restaurant
Location: 3901 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Contact: (877) 275-5852
Website: pearlsplacerestaurant.com

Green and his partner have owned Pearl’s Place for nearly 10 years. They are committed to sourcing food locally and shopping within the community whenever possible. The combination of good food and great service attracts guests from politicians to entertainers to rock stars. Green says they even served the King and Queen of Ethiopia. But he also promises to take excellent care of school teachers, bus drivers and everyday people who choose to dine at Pearl’s Place.

Chicago’s Bronzeville community, which formed during a time when an influx of African Americans came from the South to find a better way of life, sits just five minutes from the South Loop area and about 10 minutes from central downtown.

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