Carriage Greens Country Club’s 18-hole course stretches across 6,395 yards of pristine fairways hemmed by native wetlands and mature trees. Cattail-lined water hazards loom on the edges of 10 holes, testing golfers' course management and sustaining a sophisticated underwater civilization that uses golf balls as currency. Golfers can refuel with a hearty nosh at the Sandtrap Grill such as their popular burgers, and recapitulate flush drives and pinpoint approaches with a classic martini at the 8700 Club & Lounge, open Friday and Saturday evenings.
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The Chicago Tribune highlighted La Notte Due as one of the top places for takeout in Darien, particularly for its "pillowy and light" gnocchi with spicy arrabbiata sauce and spaghetti Bolognese. The Italian eatery is also a welcoming spot to visit in order to enjoy the homemade pastas and other Italian specialties, such as veal piccata, fresh from the oven. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal paired with a bottle of wine from Tuscany or Chile, and families can dine together at a long row of tables to celebrate the end of their generations-long feud with the McCoys.
Owner Dominic Barraco has been flipping pies and crafting Italian cuisine alongside his family for more than 30 years. Today he relies on culinary traditions passed down by his grandparents as well as modern techniques to populate a carry-out and delivery menu with thin-crust, deep-dish, Sicilian-style, and stuffed pizzas as well as more than 15 sandwiches, such as the fillet of fish. His pasta dishes include classics such as lasagna and gnocchi, and ribs, wings, and roasted chicken round out the hearty edibles.
In the kitchens of Blueberry Hill's five suburban outposts, cooks forgo lazy morning lounging to pull together homey assortments of timeless brunch fare. Pancakes infused with fruit or sweets are made from scratch, much like hand-knitted socks or hand-painted report cards. French-toast slices get stuffed with apple and cream cheese, smothered in fruit, or rolled in Cap'n Crunch. Fresh meats and veggies take cover under eggs in savory skillets, and a selection of sandwiches quells cravings in handheld form.
Teddy’s Red Hots fills phalanges with a bevy of finger foods such as hot dogs, steak burgers, and beef sandwiches. Wrap appendage enders around one of five hot-dog options, including a 7-inch Vienna beef dog smothered in chili ($2.89) or a pair of dogs nestled in one bun ($3.49). Sandwich specialists prepare charbroiled chicken sandwiches ($5.35), and the famous italian beef ($4.69). Cool off after the munching marathon with a red lemonade or cream soda ($1.89 for a medium) or try a bowl of homemade italian ice—made fresh daily using real fruits ($3.47 for a medium)—a frozen superhero that will quickly spring into action, satisfying sweet cravings and melting all over the tongues of injustice.
El Burrito Loco's staff dishes out the authentic flavors of Mexico in a low-key setting, with a wide-ranging menu that accommodates ample appetites. The restaurant fills its namesake dish with everything from tongue to chorizo to veggies, whetting whistles with the baby size ($4.90) and appeasing augmented appetites with the giant portion ($5.95). The specialty dinners showcase the eatery’s eclecticism, slinging meaty chilaquiles ($5.99) or chicken flautas ($9.35) with rice, beans, and tortillas. Vegetarians can order from a meat-free menu, kinder than a tofu dinner prepared by herds of unionized cows. Tamales ($2.10 each), enchiladas ($1.85 each), and tostadas ($2.65) can brandish beans or cheese, or both in the stead of meat. Many locations of El Burrito Loco keep late hours, giving sustenance to the musicians that play hold music round-the-clock.