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Edna's Restaurant

View Map3175 W. Madison St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 638-7079
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At Edna's the only sound that rivals the bluesy jukebox is the pop-pop-popping coming from the deep fryer. The fried food options are seemingly endless, from okra and catfish to chicken and steak. Nowhere in the city will you find authentic Southern cooking at such low prices. Omelets run $5 max, and include your pick of the perfect side: biscuits, hot rolls or cornbread. Hefty sandwiches cost no more than $6. Other menu items include the noteworthy honey-baked ham topped with a sizzling pineapple sauce, pancakes, French toast and eggs in all styles.

In addition to the vast entree selection, Edna's is known for its sides. Owner Edna Stewart flaunts her mastery of the biscuit on banners around the storefront, and after one bite of these delicate, buttery creations, you'll understand why. The vegetable selections come straight from the deep South and include okra, collard greens, cream-style corn and candied yams. As to the secret behind the flavor, Stewart keeps her lips sealed.

Edna's offers both carry-out and dine-in service, so expect to find bunches of people waiting for orders of chitlins, fried steak and baked catfish to-go. You'll sit surrounded by a flurry of potted plants, which create a lush, Southern ambiance. The restaurant buzzes with after-Church crowds Sunday afternoons, and regulars come in for their daily dose of homemade peach cobbler, an Edna's specialty. If peach ain't your thing, coconut cream pie and banana pudding also spice up the sweets selection. Bring quarters for the jukebox and a hearty appetite.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Emily Fiffer

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6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday

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