Cafes in Channahon


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If a visit to one of Southern Belle's restaurants feels a lot like coming home, it might have something to do with the hearty family traditions behind the kitchen's down-home breakfast and lunch dishes. “My father was in pancake houses all his life,” says owner Steve Fotos. Today, many of the same recipes used by Steve's father help populate a menu of hearty comfort foods that includes a poached-egg and sausage benedict smothered in country gravy and french toast stuffed with cinnamon apples, strawberries and pecans, or blueberries and bananas. But while the country-fried-steak or smoked-sausage skillets are tempting, the expansive menu offers options for diets of all kind, pairing fluffy egg whites with strawberries, granola, and multigrain toast and swapping out regular maple syrup for bottles that are low-calorie, sugar-free, or simply sealed shut. Photos of farms and pastoral images smile down upon diners as they dig in and gently remind them to inquire about the restaurant's seasonal specials, which range from summertime salads with sun-ripened veggies to bowls of homemade wintertime chili.
1819 Knapp Rd
Crest Hill,
IL
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For the perfect jolt of caffeine, look no further than Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe. Calories take a backseat at Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu. For comfortable outdoor service, Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe sets up a seasonal patio. The dress code is strictly casual at Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Delivery and carry out are easy options for those interested in staying home. Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe. Locals flock to Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe for a meal they know will be high quality and low price. Lesa's Liberty Street Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
511 Liberty St
Morris,
IL
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For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Brewed Awakenings in Morris is the place to be. If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Brewed Awakenings. At Brewed Awakenings, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated. Free wifi is available as well. You can also have Brewed Awakenings cater your next event. With a parking lot adjacent to Brewed Awakenings, you won't get stuck circling the block. For those who travel by bike, Brewed Awakenings offers bike racks for diners. You can fill up on Brewed Awakenings' delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.
1359 N Division St
Morris,
IL
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Find great food in a comfortable setting at Giordano's — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint. Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Giordano's. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Giordano's just as much as their parents do. Giordano's will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal. Giordano's can also cater your next party; call today for details. The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door. Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Giordano's running under $30 per person.
2344 S Route 59
Plainfield,
IL
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The volunteer-run Raw Vegan Cafe serves up uncooked gluten-free vegan fare, donating all its profits to Project Hopeful in Joliet. Appetizers on the trim menu include zucchini wraps and mushrooms that, like a black bear’s armchair, come stuffed with pine nuts and fine spices. Served sans nuts, the café's spaghetti comes smothered in a sun-dried-tomato marinara and can be paired with a custom, fresh-squeezed juice of your own creation. To spread the good word of raw food, the nonprofit teaches foodies and newbies the vegan basics during cooking classes. Instructors arm students with the ingredients, equipment, and recipes necessary to swiftly craft nutritious raw dinners and desserts, saving the cost of ordering takeout from a neighbor’s greenhouse. Main courses such as pizza or bagels shirk flames in favor of a dehydrator, the use of which teachers thoroughly detail. Sweeteners reaped from Mother Nature's garden tinge dessert recipes for delicacies such as chocolate macaroons or lemon squares. Patrons fend off food comas and advancing herds of hungry rabbits to query experts about raw vegan diets during Q&A sessions that conclude classes.
928 South State Street
Lockport,
IL
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Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades. Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
16031 South Farrell Road
Lockport,
IL
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