At Amada's Cafe, a sprawling menu of authentic Mexican and Cuban dishes keeps palates satisfied into the late hours. Tacos arrive inside corn or flour tortillas carrying flavorful bounties of carne asada, chorizo, chili rellenos, or pirate gold. Guests can pair seafood dishes such as breaded shrimp or whole red snapper grilled in butter and garlic with refreshing glasses of horchata. The slate of Cuban dishes ranges from classic cuban sandwiches topped with roasted pork, ham, and pickles to ropa vieja, tender pieces of shredded beef bathed in a Cuban-style tomato sauce.
Since its very first Cajun style chicken emerged from a deep fryer in 1993, Krispy Krunchy Chicken has exploded into 900 locations in 27 states. Cajun tenders, jambalaya, and boudin bites travel from skillets onto forks, and the menu's chicken-and-sides combos let guests customize their own plates. Meanwhile, the jambalaya features zesty heaps of red beans and rice alongside traditional sides.
Wok 'n Fire—named Best Asian Restaurant by West Suburban Living—tantalizes taste buds with a menu bursting with flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. In their specialties, chefs sear seafood, steak, and chicken with complex flavors in the wok. They craft sashimi and specialty maki rolls, as well as twirling together noodle dishes that range from japanese udon to thai curry noodles and the cantonese noodles used in ancient tugs of war between provinces. Ginger ale and flavored lemonades, both crafted in-house, hydrate throats between bites.
Decor varies across the Asian bistro's locations throughout the western suburbs, but all share dramatic lighting, sleek hardwood floors, and smooth wooden seating that all obey one gravitational constant. Sophisticated accents pervade each location, such as dangling lights that recall bells, sinuous golden dragons undulating across a wall, and partitions that mimic an abacus or twined branches.
For 28 years, the staff at Christy's Pancake House have worked to replicate the laidback vibe of a meal at home amidst bubbling fish tanks and a wall sign that reads "Keep Your Kitchen Clean––Eat Out." In its turquoise booths, tables populate with warm breakfast pancakes, three-egg omelets, and full-pound burgers from the menu of hearty diner fare. Forks spool Italian-style alfredo pastas beside plates of steaming pork chops and amply stuffed greek gyros. While polishing off a piece of pie plucked from one of the glass display cases, guests can remind the server that it's their birthday for a sundae of choice on the house, or remind a significant other for an awkward meal of excuses and apologies.
Rio's puts a contemporary spin on traditional dishes from Peru, Brazil, Lima, and Argentina. Using plantains, yuca, coriander, and other exotic ingredients and spices, the staff offer a new take on South American steak and seafood specialties, all served in a dining room brimming with colorful mosaic tiles. Ceviches include the Japanese/Peruvian fusion Nikkei, which uses ginger and soy sauce. Argentinean spices enliven char-grilled strip steak in the bife de chorizo. And the arroz con camarones features shrimp and rice simmering in a broth with white wine and brandy. Finish with one of seven desserts, including passion fruit cheesecake or Peruvian flan.