Flo & Santos
By Dan Patton | Managing Editor
Flo & Santos‘ Chef Mark Rimkus has successfully combined the flavors of his Italian grandfather and Polish grandmother to make the world’s first, uniquely Chicagoan Italish restaurant; but Manager Phil Shanks insists that the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio do not mix loyalties when it comes to football. “We’re too close to Soldier Field to be anything but the Bears,” he says.
Hi-definition flat screens surround the main room, a bar and pizza joint that glows with daylight pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Unless it’s nighttime. For those seeking a little more intimacy, the private dining area and the outdoor patio offer an upscale experience with a down home attitude.
On game days, Flo & Santos intensifies the action with 24 craft beers on tap, a bourbon selection and various specials that include a $3 Leinenkugle Shandy and a $4 Berghof. They pair nicely with the menu’s signature “Polish Pizza,“ a traditional, thin-crusted Southside pie with sauerkraut, kielbasa and mozzarella.
Every now and then, there are also pork sandwiches from an 80-pound pig that is freshly-roasted onsite. But those are generally reserved for the fans who arrive early. According to Shanks, “They’re gone in a half hour.”
1310 S Wabash Ave · (312) 566-9817 · www.floandsantos.com