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All the Golden restaurants in Chicago

Chicago certainly has a plethora of restaurants with Golden in their name. Which is always fun, because gold has nothing to do with the restaurant itself.

* Gold silverware… goldenware? nope, standard stainless steel.

* Gold coins for change? Nope, regular USA currency. Although it would be fun to go to every Golden restaurant and use those quasi golden dollar coins.

* Perhaps their service is golden. Well, I wouldn’t go that far. Usually these places are greasy spoon types.

* Their hearts are golden. Yeah, let’s go with that… I guess.

Here’s the complete list of Golden Restaurants in the city of Chicago. I’m sure there are more in the suburbs, but for now this is the official chicago list:

Golden Angel Restaurant

Golden Apple Restaurant

Golden Bull Restaurant

Golden Chop Suey

Golden Crown Restaurant

Golden Crust Pizzeria

Golden Cup

Golden Duck Restaurant

Golden Fish

Golden Fish & Chicken

Golden Fish & Chicken

Golden Goose Catering

Golden Heart Restaurant

Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Nugget Pancake House

Golden Valley Liquors

Golden Wok

Saleem Golden Pan

To view their address and phone number, go to the comments below.

36 Responses to All the Golden restaurants in Chicago

  1. Matt Maldre March 8, 2005 at 9:44 am #

    Golden Angel Restaurant 4340 N Lincoln Ave (773) 583-6969 Golden Apple Restaurant 2971 N Lincoln Ave (773) 528-1413 Golden Bull Restaurant 242 W Cermak Rd (312) 808-1668 Golden Chop Suey 3000 W 38th St (219) 949-4226 Golden Crown Restaurant 2341 N Narragansett Ave (773) 745-9200 Golden Crust Pizzeria 4620 N Kedzie Ave (773) 529-4926 Visit Web site GOLDEN CUP 2351 N CLARK ST (773) 525-8833 Golden Duck Restaurant 4801 N Milwaukee Ave (773) 205-7300 Golden Fish 4457 S Cottage Grove Ave (773) 538-3474 Golden Fish & Chicken 2926 W 63rd St (773) 434-0449 Golden Fish & Chicken 3356 W 79th St (773) 434-4200 Golden Goose Catering 150 S Wacker Drive, Hartford B (312) 240-1000 Golden Heart Restaurant 4210 S Archer Ave (773) 254-5591 Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House 4744 N Broadway St (773) 334-0406 Golden Nugget Pancake House 2406 W Diversey Ave (773) 252-8903 Golden Nugget Pancake House 2720 N Clark St (773) 929-0724 Golden Nugget Pancake House 3001 N Central Ave (773) 725-5510 Golden Nugget Pancake House 3234 W Irving Park Rd (773) 267-1987 Golden Nugget Pancake House 3959 W Diversey Ave (773) 227-4346 Golden Nugget Pancake House 4229 W Irving Park Rd (773) 777-7107 Golden Nugget Pancake House 4747 N Ravenswood Ave (773) 769-6700 Golden Nugget Pancake House 4747 N Ravnswd Ave (773) 769-6700 Golden Valley Liquors 1339 W Morse Ave (773) 338-5478 Golden Wok 5731 N Central Ave (773) 631-8884 Saleem Golden Pan 2504 W Devon Ave (773) 465-2955

  2. Tom Saaristo March 8, 2005 at 12:02 pm #

    You have a restaurant with the area code 219 … where is that?

  3. laura March 8, 2005 at 2:13 pm #

    golden nugget! golden nugget! i love that place.

  4. Tom Saaristo March 8, 2005 at 2:48 pm #

    Golden Bowl Restaurant Golden Buddha Golden Budha Chinese Steakhouse Golden Waffle Restaurant

  5. Matt Maldre March 8, 2005 at 7:20 pm #

    oh weird. maybe the 219 is a cell phone number. The Golden Bowl, Golden Buddha, and Golden Waffle are in Chicago?

  6. Harman March 9, 2005 at 4:50 am #

    Golden Heart is a restaurant? Damn.

  7. Tom Saaristo March 9, 2005 at 4:52 am #

    I tried to stay within city, as you did. I will double check and come back with the addresses for those actually in the 773 or 312 area code. I think 219 is Indiana, but the addy looks like it could be Chicago … maybe?

  8. Tom Saaristo March 9, 2005 at 4:55 am #

    Golden Budha Chinese Steakhouse 312 W. Randolph St. Golden Waffle Restaurant 5600 N. Broadway Ave. The other two are in 708. My bad

  9. unlikelymoose March 15, 2005 at 8:14 am #

    Golden this. Golden that. Crimson is where it’s at. Crimson Skies rules! (the best Xbox Live game ever!)

  10. Tom Saaristo March 15, 2005 at 8:41 am #

    Somebody is obsessed

  11. ron March 20, 2005 at 11:57 pm #

    Does the Gold Star Bar on Division get an honorable mention?

  12. Matt Maldre March 21, 2005 at 6:18 am #

    yes! thanks Ron!

  13. Wendy March 21, 2005 at 10:10 pm #

    There is also a Golden Flame restaurant within city limits. Years ago a friend and I tried to visit as many non-Chinese golden restaurants as we could, and our quest took us there.

  14. Matt Maldre March 21, 2005 at 11:39 pm #

    oh boy Wendy! did you document your golden journey? I was thinking of doing the same thing. When doing a series of visits like this, you have to have a certain methodology and structure for comparison and contrast. I would: A) photograph the building (standard) B) photograph the menu (interesting to compare variety of food and price) C) keep the napkin (napkins can be quite subtle. Perhaps writing a short story on each napkin would be delightful) D) photograph the floor (is it tile, linoleum, wood?) E) try to eat the same thing at each place (how does the denver omlete compare?) F) time how long it takes for them to seat you, to bring your meal out. G) Why stop at photographing the above items. Let’s do: waitress/waiter, silverware, cups, table, cash register, the door, (let’s not even start with the bathroom) H) Then you have to tell the same joke to every waiter/waitress you get. And then log their response on a scale of 1-5. 1 being completely ignoring your joke. 5 being a complete baffow laughter. What else could there be? I thought there would be a ton, but i’m running out now. Once we got a good list going, i’m gonna make a cute little jpg/pdf of a designed checklist, so I will make sure to accomplish all the items on the list at every Golden restaurant.

  15. Tom Saaristo March 22, 2005 at 4:48 am #

    “keep the napkin” … ew! Get a matchbook. They are cleaner and infinitely more interesting. A few years ago, a buddy and I went in search of the perfect martini. We created a chart and used “olive ratings” for each place and type of martini. We graded on size, overall appearance, taste and availability of a variety of garnishes [I love bleu cheese-stuffed olives in my martini”>. If I remember correctly, the Grey Goose Martini at Smith & Wolensky was the clear winner, though Shaw’s Crab House gets a close second with their Belvedere Martini.

  16. Don March 22, 2005 at 8:38 am #

    I can’t tell you how many times there was utter chaos and confusion late on a Saturday night caused by the Golden Apple and the Golden Angel. We’d leave the bar, wanting a late night meal. Since we lived in different parts of the city, there were usually 3 or 4 cars for the 10 or 12 of us. “So we’re going to the Golden Angel?” someone would ask. “No, the Golden Apple” “But the Golden Apple isn’t open after midnight.” “I thought that was the Golden Angel” “No, Golden Angel is open all night.” “Right. But I think the Golden Apple is open til 2.” “Okay, which one should we go to?” “Golden Apple.” “Good, ok, see you there” You can guess what would happen. Since this was 10 or so years ago, before regular people had cell phones, there’d be 6 of us at the Golden Apple and 6 of us at the Golden Angel, waiting for the rest to show up, then giving up and ordering, figuring that if we left our Golden to find the others, they’d surely be leaving to find us. Also, there’s a Golden Olympic in Evanston that never EVER is busy, and must be some kind of tax shelter.

  17. Wendy March 22, 2005 at 8:42 am #

    Sadly, our odyssey was not documented or even terribly well organized. I just remember we had certain criteria as to what made a restaurant Truly Golden. They are as follows: 1.) Not Chinese or Indian. We felt it necessary to limit our survey of Goldenness to Western Judeo-Christian restaurant traditions. Though we acknowledge the rich history and superior cuisine of the non-Western Golden paradigm, we felt it would be culturally imperialistic to impose our golden rules upon those restaurants. 2.) Golden Restaurant must have fake stained glass decor. 3.) Golden Restaurant must have a neon sign and/or a cluster of light bulbs on its sign. 4.) Golden Restaurant must have a pie display. 5.) Any Golden Restaurant with a [i”>revolving[/i”> pie display is of particular interest and merit. 6.) Golden Restaurant must offer a Monte Cristo Sandwich and/or a Francheezie on its menu. 7.) Golden Restaurant must be open 24 hours a day.

  18. Matt Maldre March 22, 2005 at 8:54 am #

    Wow, who needs all the documentation anyways, wendy? You have encapsulated the essence of the Golden Restaurant formula. That is worth its weight in gold! You are now ready to open your own Golden Restaurant!

  19. David Johnsen March 22, 2005 at 11:25 am #

    How many of those Golden restaurants are former Golden Nuggets? You can still see the gold nugget on top of the Golden Angel sign. I think I’ve seen another, but I can’t remember where.

  20. JT March 22, 2005 at 12:33 pm #

    Excellent, complete log! It should be noted that we were very excited to live within walking distance of the Golden Angel, having spent several bleary mornings at the Golden Apple years ago. However, after our “dining” experience, we renamed the restaurant in question to the Broken Ankle, and have stayed away ever since. On the other hand, the Golden Nugget on Lawrence is a thing of beauty.

  21. jocelyn March 22, 2005 at 12:55 pm #

    i love myself a good diner (or even a not so good diner). esp. late at night/early in the morning. but there is something horrifically scary about that damn golden angel. and while i have nothing against career waitresses (and they aren’t really servers, they are from the time when they still were waitresses), these women are just something straight out of a stephen king novella. the place just has this strange aura of time stood still, but not of a time where you’d want to be left. there’s always this table of 3rd rate gangster types, and some decrepit old men hanging out at the counter. there’s inevitably some sort of beat up looking possible prostitutes in there, and never any of the good kind of life energy of rowdy drunks or young kids on the town, punks or goths or people in need of some sustenance after a night of carousing. the place just sort of hangs with stagnant energy. eeek.

  22. laura March 22, 2005 at 1:51 pm #

    anyplace that is open 24 hours a day is tops in my book.

  23. Tom Saaristo March 22, 2005 at 4:11 pm #

    My gosh, Jocelyn, you could be talking about The Cambridge House on East Ohio. Laura, I believe you would think twice about that comment after dining at Zorba’s on Halsted @ Jackson. The food isn’t terrible, but the circuses and the service are sorely lacking

  24. Cindy March 24, 2005 at 1:19 pm #

    I also remember Golden Bear restaurants – kind of a “pancake house but we’ll cook anything” sort of place. What I remember BEST about Golden Bear is the statue of a bear on the roof, wearing an apron and chef’s hat with its NAKED BEAR BUTT showing from behind. Hee!

  25. Amy H. March 24, 2005 at 4:40 pm #

    If you include “gold” in other languages, i think we (Chicago) have a couple of Italian places that count: Becco d’Oro (“golden spout”, according to Babelfish) and Villa d’Oro (“golden villa”).

  26. Matt Maldre March 24, 2005 at 7:17 pm #

    Oh yes! “gold” in other languages. That’s pure brillance!

  27. Julianne March 24, 2005 at 7:57 pm #

    The Golden Nugget breakfast burrito is a taste treat.

  28. laura March 24, 2005 at 8:33 pm #

    i like their omelettes, and their salads. plus, they have great Diet Coke.

  29. Matt Maldre March 25, 2005 at 7:42 am #

    Mmmm, did you say “breakfast burrito”, Julianne? I had a little campaign to increase the frequency of appearances of the breakfast burrito in the Tribune cafeteria:

  30. Angie February 8, 2006 at 3:01 pm #

    Does ANYONE recall the Golden Bear Restaurant jingle from the late 70’s? If so PLEASE let me know what it is. Thanxs, A

  31. Marco March 22, 2006 at 2:11 pm #

    In response to… Does ANYONE recall the Golden Bear Restaurant jingle from the late 70’s? If so PLEASE let me know what it is. Thanxs, A +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Golden Bear, Golden Bear It’s a honey of a honey of a place Where food is fun Golden Bear

  32. Brian March 20, 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    “Golden Bear, Golden Bear. It’s a honey of a place where food is fun.” And I remember that after only going there once with my late grandmother. Stuck with me forever.

  33. Stephani April 12, 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    I was googling websites that feature the Golden Apple, and this post popped up. Hi!

  34. Krystal July 4, 2007 at 9:52 pm #

    I have a full set of the Golden Bear story books that they sold at the Golden Bear restaurants. I absolutely cherish them.

  35. Donna October 6, 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    Hey does anyone remember the commercial ? My little brother was in it. He is now 39 years old. He was in Kindergarten when they filmed it. Does anyone know what channels played it? It would be great to throw a copy of that on youtube!!

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