BJ’s Market & Bakery

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Calumet Heights

Designed like some sort of cross between Denny’s and Burger King—only with a soul-food slant—this South Side mini chain has long been a go-to. But while the food takes only minutes to arrive at your table, it tastes as if it were slowly, carefully cooked with love over a home stove. With its crispy, golden crust, the mustard-fried catfish is clearly the restaurant’s standout dish, but don’t discount the juicy smoked chicken, collard greens, red beans and rice or delicious peach cobbler, which puts those other fast-food pies to shame.


Venue name: BJ’s Market & Bakery
Address: 8734 S Stony Island Ave
Cross street: between 87th and 88th Sts
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: Bus: 28, 87.
Price: Average main course: $9
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