Evidence for America as the Great Melting Pot is everywhere: our holiday traditions, our dress, our melting pots, and especially our food. Cookers Red Hots sticks to American staples—hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and salads—but in truth, the menu draws inspiration from all over the world. Polish sausage and bratwursts, Italian beef and Mexican tamales, and made-to-order Asian and Greek salads add some variety to the smorgasbord of hearty American food.
Boston Blackie’s efficient staff swiftly dishes up a classic menu of beefy burgers, overstuffed sandwiches, and crisp salads chaperoned by crunchy fries. Pairs or quartets of dining chums can chow down the Unarmed burger’s unadorned half-pound patty or keep out rascally condiment rustlers by corralling the Cowboy burger’s herds of pico de gallo, guacamole, and melted pepper jack cheese inside a choice of four buns. Chefs can slather a succulent grilled chicken breast sandwich in six types of dressings and seasoning, and forks can frolic through verdant foliage of an organic-greens salad peppered with sun-dried tomatoes, figs, mushrooms, and caramelized pecans. Meanwhile, thick-cut steak fries and crispy home-style fries spar for real estate on each plate’s sought-after pastures, and frosty sodas tickle taste buds as their bubbly whitecaps cascade across parched palates.
The skilled culinarians at Demetri's prepare authentic Greek fare, accompanied by an extensive selection of wines from Greece and California. Sup on Grecian specialties such as moussaka, an eggplant-and-lamb dish topped with béchamel sauce ($12.95), or the spinach-and feta-infused spanakotiropita, which conquers appetites and spelling-bee champions ($12.50). A succulent selection of charcoal-grilled meats quenches protein cravings with pan-seared mediterranean chicken seasoned with garlic and oregano, white wine, lemon, and capers ($15.95). Fruits of the sea include a skewer of jumbo shrimp and vegetables ($19.95).
A boxed lunch takes on a whole new meaning when it comes from Green Cuisine. This isn't your standard sad sandwich, apple, and cookie tossed into a box for a corporate event; these are sandwiches, wraps, and salads prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients for a palate used to the finer things. Take, for instance, a typical turkey sandwich boxed lunch: roasted turkey breast, field greens, red onions, and cranberry-walnut cream cheese on multigrain, paired with a choice of side, plus a cookie or brownie. That's just one of many options; strawberry walnut salads, thai chicken wraps, and vegetarian choices also can be featured.
Along with Green Cuisine's many catering options, which also include custom hot buffets, hors d'oeuvres, and other small plates perfect for social events, the chefs also add a little sweetness to the options with french macaroons. Indulge in chocolate, lemon, pistachio, and other flavors, which are good for any occasion, including holidays.
Stowed away inside the seven-story atrium of the Embassy Suites Chicago North Shore rests Cadwell's Grille, an upscale restaurant helmed by Executive Chef John Grosskopf. A Cooking Academy of Chicago graduate, Chef Grosskopf has created menus and recipes for several fine dining restaurants in the Chicago area. For the Cadwell’s Grille menu, Grosskopf puts a contemporary spin on American classics by stuffing meatloaf with white-cheddar-chive mashed potatoes, frying french fries in truffle oil, and crowning burgers with gourmet ingredients such as chipotle aioli and warm bacon vinaigrette. Each dish is plated delicately on white serving ware, allowing diners to clearly see the components of each entree and celebrity faces in each swirl of dipping sauce.
Even the latest of risers should have no trouble making it to Kevin?s Place in time for breakfast or brunch. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, serving a dependable spread of breakfast dishes that includes omelets, waffles, and pancakes. The chefs are known to sometimes stray from the traditional playbook, as they do with the honey-nut granola-encrusted Deerfield french toast. Much to the delight of children, they can mold pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse or use maple syrup to draw hopscotch lines on the diner?s floor.