Kenwood's small cluster of eateries may not satisfy hardcore foodies, but it provides a basic sampling of American and ethnic foods to appease flexible appetites. Drive around East 47th Street and Kenwood's northwest corner for your pick of American, Asian, Italian and Latin American cuisine.
Kenwood is not, however, without its own culinary gems. When you want an alternative to beef and pork, have a juicy slab of barbecue ribs at Just Turkey. If you haven't guessed, every dish spotlights lean turkey, cutting back on the high-cholesterol ingredients found in many fast food joints without sacrificing flavor. Find everything from turkey lasagna, tacos and Italian sandwiches to creamy turkey soup. Never worrying about breaking the bank at this affordable restaurant; you can easily fill up on a generously priced platter of turkey tips and French fries.
Norman's Bistro delivers sweet respite after a long day of work with its sociable beverage lounge and masterful fusion of Cajun, Creole and Brazilian cuisines. Locals pack the house in the evening for a taste of authentic chicken, lobster and shrimp gumbo topped with a steamed rice ball. Sit inside the main dining area if you prefer feasting on flame-grilled lamb, catfish and salmon cakes with the smooth sounds of an onsite DJ setting the island mood. Norman's Bistro covers your need for a nightly drink with a full-service wine bar. Stop by on Sunday mornings for a Southern-inspired brunch or Sunday evenings to listen to live jazz while sipping one of the restaurant's signature cocktails.
You won't find many options for local bars or clubs, so plan to make a 10- to 20-minute drive out to Hyde Park, New City, Bronzeville
or Grand Boulevard for nighttime entertainment.