Across 79th St from St. Rita's High School, my youngest son and I dined at Dan's Soul Food & Bakery, which has a comfortable dining room, but counter service only (pay, take your number and wait). The employees were plenty friendly and there seemed to be quite a few repeat customers dining there.
The cases display some mighty proud looking layer cakes (on display today, they had coconut, german chocolate, lemon and pound cakes -- all slices $2, whole cakes range from $13.99 for a pound cake to $25.50 for an atomic cake). Other desserts include peach and apple cobbler, sweet potato pies, and banana pudding. The dinners include the standard array of meats and sides.
I had the vegetable lunch (three sides and a corn muffin). The sage-cornmeal dressing was good, the mac-&-cheese fair, and the collard greens succulent. My son's lemon cake was moist, dense, tangy and iridescent, as it ought to be. They threw in a stray piece of caramel cake for the road, one buck (because it was small).
A worthy addition to one of Chicago's chowiest avenues.
Dan's Soul Food & Bakery
2523 W. 79th St.
(1 1/2 blks west of Western Ave.)
Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm
Sun 12 noon to 9pm