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Calypso Cafe

View Map5211 S. Harper Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 955-0229
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Editorial Review of Calypso Cafe

The first thing you'll hear about Calypso Cafe is that Michelle Obama goes there for lunch, but that's not the only reason the restaurant has a line out the door. The atmosphere has a lot to offer; listen to the sound of steel drums as you take in the bright, pastel-colored Caribbean decor in the elevated Hyde Park restaurant, complete with palm trees, wicker-basket lamps and decorative toucans.

And how about the food? Start with the thick Cuban black bean soup, or try house-smoked salmon caesar salad. The Creamy Three Citrus dressing will keep you in that island state of mind, as will entrees ($11-$17) like jerk chicken and pineapple-glazed tilapia. You've been saying you need a vacation, so call ahead and reserve a table; you never know who you might run into.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Beatrice Smigasiewicz

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Calypso Cafe also serves many of the Southern menu items previously offered by its next-door neighbor, the Dixie Kitchen (an Obama favorite), which closed in 2009. Look for crawfish etouffee, pulled pork, po'boys, fried green tomatoes and more.

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11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

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