One of the oldest black-owned restaurants in the Midwest. Since 1945 this soul food establishment has maintained quality service, food, and its ... More
Army & Lou's Restaurant
One of the oldest black-owned restaurants in the Midwest. Since 1945 this soul food establishment has maintained quality service, food, and its original award-winning recipes. "This south side dining institution has a large, loyal clientele, drawn by its menu of high-end soul food. It was once a favored dining spot for Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, and still attracts a good number of politicians and celebrities to its tables..." Metromix -- Chicago Entertainment & Restaurant Guide.
This was literally the worst dining experience I've ever had. Not only will I not go back but I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. The wait for the food was in excess of thirty minutes. Then after a thirty minute wait the waiter returned only to tell us that they were out of smothered chicken. Then he returned to tell us he was out of baked chicken. Then stuffing and cole slaw. As you can imagine, our party of four was very upset, but nothing could top the fact that all four of our meals were cold. Not even room temperature, but cold! The roasted turkey I ordered (after being told they were out of baked chicken) was literally a plate full of shredded turkey with cold sauce over the top. That was it! There was no sides to accompany it, just cold turkey! I was highly disappointed in this dining experience since I'd heard nothing but good things about this restaurant. But I will not be returning nor recommending it to anyone I know.
The gumbo here was excellent and authentic tasting, and the fried chicken was nice and juicy. The fried catfish did taste slighty gamey and was sliced a little too thick, but was okay. The cornbread dressing was okay and the mashed potatoes could have had a little more salt or butter to jazz it up. The homemade bread rolls were good, but the cornbread muffins lacked flavor. The macaroni and cheese were slightly bland, but the spaghetti was decent. The service, although polite, was very, very slow. No one came to refill our drinks, ever! I had to request to get more to drink after the check was paid for because I was sooooo thirsty. I had to keep requesting the bread rolls that I should have gotten at the beginning. I didn't get them until my peach cobbler dessert came out, which I kept having to ask for, too. The crust on the peach cobbler was okay (although it could have cooked longer to gain a better crusty flavor). The peaches in the cobbler seemed liked they came straight out of a can and had too much liquid and did not taste as if they were cooked.
There is not the greatest ventilation, so be prepared to leave smelling like all of the food that was cooked at the restaurant.
Dine in service is slow and several attempts to call in a order by phone left me on hold twice before I gave up. The food is good, service slow, however I would eat there again, however phone service needs big improvement.
Heard a lot about this place. It's been a Chicago mainstay for years and I was told that the food was great. It's all true. Now, this is only the first soul food place I've tried in Chicago so far, but it's one that I know I'll be going back to. They have enough selections on the menu to satisfy a non-red meat eater like me with enough veggie choices to satisfy even a strict vegetarian.
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