The South Side's fried-chicken king has your soul-food fix.
Average cost: <$10
A South Side staple since 1950, Harold's Chicken Shack now has locations across Chicagoland. It's known for impressively tender fried chicken (by the breast, gizzard, giblet, thigh or your favorite combination) that comes smothered with fries and vinegary hot or mild sauce that you'll be glad to sop up with the slices of white bread tucked underneath. Other specialties include fried catfish and perch, and sides like pizza puffs and bags of bite-size fried okra or jalapenos eliminate the possibility of leaving hungry. A full meal will likely run you $8 or less.