Pearl’s Place Restaurant Southern Style Soul Food

Member of BRONZEVILLE'S FINEST Family of Restaurants

In the early 1930’s, as the famed Harlem Renaissance of Black cultural achievement was winding down, a new surge of African American creativity, activism and scholarship began to flow in the Southside Chicago District, then becoming known as “Bronzeville.”  Bronzeville is the most significant landmark of the African American urban history in the United Sates.  The area was once the center of Chicago’s African American economic and social life.  The cultural upsurge in Bronzeville in the 1930’s and 1940’s took a course distinct from that of its Harlem predecessor.  From 1932 through 1950, Chicago’s Black community witnessed, and participated in, starting developments in literature, art, music, social science and journalism.  The Chicago Renaissance was also a time of musical innovation in Blues, despite the continued popularity of the traditional “Down Home” styles.  By the late 1940’s, Chicago Blues had developed an urban sound without relinquishing its country roots and Chicago became known as the “Blues Capital of America”.  Presently, the City of Chicago has committed to working with the community to preserve and redevelop Bronzeville.  Fortunately, many of the most significant building in the Black Metropolis have survived. Collectively, these buildings are worthy of recognition and preservation as monuments to the determination of the African American urban pioneers who created them.  Today, they represent the center of contiguous activity that defines the Bronzeville community. 

The photographs and historical information on Bronzeville depicted in “Pearl’s Place” were taken from the Harsch Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature from the Chicago Public Library.

Our Menu Selections:

Chef’s Specials for Sunday, August 30, 2014


Pearl's Place Serves the Finest Selection of

Your Favorite Dishes

Here are just a few examples from our amazing menu:

Homestyle Breakfast

(Served all day!)

Fresh Eggs and Amazing Omelets cooked to order, a selection of your favorite meats (like Bacon, Sausage Links, Turkey Patties, Corned Beef Hash, Salmon Croquettes, Parker House Spicy Sausage, Catfish Fillets), Grits, Homestyle Potatoes, White Rice, French Toast, Pancakes (made from scratch with our own recipe) and Our Famous Buttermilk Biscuits.


Including: Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Cheesy Grits and Hot Wings

Soups and Salads

Including: Homemade Soup, our famous Turkey Chili Mary's Seafood Gumbo and Salads with Fresh Vegetables and Your Choice of Grilled Chicken Breast or Wild Caught Shrimp


Including: Homemade Chicken Salad, Baked Ham or Savory Pot Roast.


Including: Baked, Fried, Jerked or Smothered Grade "A" Chicken, Pork Chops,  Hand Carved Roast Turkey, Baked Ham (Off the Bone),  Smothered Short Ribs of Beef, Farm-Raised Catfish and Wild Caught Fantail Shrimp, Barbecued Canadian Baby Back Ribs, Liver & Onions Smoke Ham Hock, Pot Roast and ,   yes… Chitterlings!


(We don’t add meat to our sides)

Collard Greens, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Spaghetti, Smothered Cabbage, Green Beans, Yams, Corn Bread Dressing, Red Beans, Rice, Mashed Potatoes,  and more...

 *Most Entrees Include 2 Side Selections


(Baked fresh daily in our in-house bakery)

Pound Cake (Lemon, Caramel,Chocolate or Plain) Layer cake (Red Velvet, "Guilt-Free" Chocolate, Carrot, German Chocolate), Fresh Fruit Cobblers (Georgia Peach or Michigan Apple), Sweet Potato Pie, Banana Pudding,Bread Pudding with Brandy Topping.

Many More Selections Are Available

*Download our full Lunch and Dinner Menu via the above link*

Our Famous Southern-Style Soul Food Buffet

We offer the best, freshly-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in town, featuring southern-style soul food selections prepared and personally served by our chefs

**For buffet pricing for holidays, please call.**

**Buffet times and pricing are subject to change due to prevailing conditions**


  • Our buffet selections are carefully selected by our chef throughout the day and are subject to change. Selections may or may not include items from the regular menu.
  • Slight charge for buffet carry-outs.
  • We have a no waste policy; please only select items you are prepared to eat.
  • Buffet sharing is not allowed.
  • Buffet desserts are from a special, limited selection and are subject to availability. Please ask your server for available choices.
  • Beverages are not included in buffet pricing.
  • *Seating for breakfast buffet ends at 10:10am weekdays, 11:10am weekends. Arrive early!**