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The 16 best restaurants in Pilsen

Pilsen is known for its great Mexican food, but there's more than carnitas—try these spots for Italian, sweets and more

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas HaiSous

Some of the best restaurants in Pilsen specialize in authentic Mexican fare, including carnitas, tamales and the best tacos in Chicago. But there are plenty of other cuisines to explore in this West Side neighborhood, including expertly executed Vietnamese cooking, old-school Italian restaurants and Puerto Rican joints serving some of the finest cheap eats Chicago has to offer. The best restaurants in Pilsen span the globe and offer restaurateurs and chefs a launching pad full of creative possibilities. Next time you find yourself in this vibrant nabe, explore the best restaurants in Pilsen with our guide to our must-visit spots.

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A Pilsen restaurant we love so much that we welcomed them into Time Out Market Chicago

Restaurants, Vietnamese


Lower West Side

We find ourselves coming back to the same two words to describe chef Thai Dang’s cooking: unapologetically authentic. Dang and his wife, Danielle, are the masterminds behind the Vietnamese kitchens HaiSous and next-door spot Cà Phê Đá in Pilsen, where they present recipes that are deeply rooted in family tradition. Using fresh herbs, pristine seafood and of-the-moment produce, the Dangs invite you to join them on a sensory journey through Vietnam—and you can also order some of the couple's most beloved dishes from their stand at Time Out Market Chicago.