The neon lights and bright colors at Grande Jake’s Authentic Mexican Grill’s three Chicago-area hubs hint at the menu’s dedication to spicy eats. Chefs scoop grilled steak, chorizo, and chicken into burritos, then douse them in melted chihuahua cheese and salsa ranchera. Homemade tamales burst with pork or chicken, and the pollo asada al carbon tops a 12-ounce char-grilled chicken breast with mole or green sauce. Refried beans, spanish rice, and chips serve as supporting actors to entrees, and the creamy Mexican-style custard in flan finishes dinners more sweetly than a dinner mint delivered by a troupe of newborn kittens.
Infini-tea's proprietors pour steaming pots of specialty teas, tisanes, and coffees, coupling them with the cuisine famed in Europe during traditional high-tea ceremonies. They possess a particular affinity for baking scones and make them from scratch each day, and also serve gourmet soups, fresh salads, and finger sandwiches—life's one opportunity to bite the hand that feeds you. Once guests are done, they can take a stroll by neighboring antique shops and quaint Antioch establishments.
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The state-licensed technicians at The Cutting Edge frequently attend educational programs to stay up-to-date on the latest spa and salon services. Among them, Kirsten Fahey, a skin care specialist and licensed esthetician, addresses clients' skin issues using skills she acquired while studying at the New Age Spa Institute. Her certifications in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and body treatments further help her improve the look and health of epidermises. In case clients are more concerned with what’s on top of their heads, Kirsten can also point them in the direction of the spa and salon’s hair services, which are carried out with products by Aquage, Redken, and Moroccanoil.
The casual dining room of Grande Lettys transports patrons to the heart of Mexico, surrounding them in painted murals depicting Mexican streets. There's just one more step needed to complete the teleportation: a bite of freshly made guacamole or a housemade tamale. And the eatery's enticing dinner or lunch plates deliver. Chefs cook enchiladas, burritos, and tacos with a choice of fillings, such as steak or a mixture of beans and cheese?which dexterous diners can use to make a sculpture of Pancho Villa. After meals, patrons aged 21 or older can stick around and play video casino games. Insider tip: order a container of a favorite salsa to take home.
Chef David Maish trained at Chicago's Washburne Trade School, worked corporate events and banquets, and cooked at casual dining restaurants before opening the first David's Bistro in 1997. That Des Plaines location was open for nearly a decade, and after a brief break from business, David reopened his namesake restaurant in 2009, this time in Antioch. At the new location, David stresses the importance of hospitality and employs a knowledgeable wait staff, as highlighted by NBC5's Street teamer, Hungry Z, who said, "Chef David goes out of his way to ensure his staff knows the menu as well as he does."
The menu features a lot of the same contemporary American recipes David prepared at his last restaurant, such as the maple-glazed salmon. But the number of dishes has expanded to include more international ones, such as new zealand lamb chops, as well as vegetable-filled pastas and pizzas topped with buffalo mozzarella and baked scallops. There’s also a kids’ menu filled with child-sized portions of spaghetti and meatballs and grilled cheese paninis, as well as pages where kids can color or practice their long division.