Bread-pudding pancakes from Southport Grocery and Cafe are a must

What’s cookin’ in and around Chicago? Here’s a closer look at one of the area’s delicious dishes you don’t want to miss.

When owner Lisa Santos opened Southport Grocery and Cafe 18 years ago, she didn’t know what to expect. She was newly married and quit her downtown job as a CPA to pursue her passion of cooking with no guarantee it was going to work out.

The first day was steady, but Santos remembers returning home exhausted that night filled with doubt.

“We were so busy… and I remember laying in bed at night thinking, ‘We’re never going to

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