Even if Gulliver's ovens went cool and the warm-weather chatter on its back patio went silent, visitors would still be drawn through the unassuming façade to witness the sights inside. Dozens of antique lamps from the 19th and early 20th centuries hang from the walls, casting a delicate light on the restaurant's cozy, wood-and-leather interior. Fortunately for hungry patrons, the kitchen continues to operate 47 years after its founding, quieting stomachs' growls with its take on Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. After slapping a mound of their housemade dough into the pan, chefs carefully contour the crust to leave thick, chewy edges and a thin, golden bottom. Next, layers of cheese, are topped using fresh ingredients. Pub-goers can also enjoy a tasty cornucopia of Italian soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, 100% Angus beef burgers, wings, and entrees sates pizza-averse diners. Sports fanatics can revel in traditional meals and watch their favorite team on 27-inch HD-TV screens. On Friday's, families can entertain their kid's with magic and balloon artistry shows.
ReNew's organic juices, salads, ice creams, and snacks infuse the body with nutrients without weighing it down with unhealthy additives. Their juice cleanses aim to purge toxins from the body while boosting immune systems and preparing organs for new diets. And bottles of Udo's oil blend can be used to strengthen bodily processes or lubricate the joints of androids posing as aerobics instructors.
Nova Lounge's open kitchen gives diners a front row seat to watch chefs prepare a menu of half-pound burgers and meaty sandwiches accented with house-made sauces and fresh toppings. The Nova munching plate starter primes palates with potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and chicken wings before house barbecue sauce infuses taste buds with tang via the Louisiana chicken sandwich, cloaked in mozzarella cheese and bacon. Sudsy draughts such as Blue Moon or Guinness can douse mouth fires caused by eating an Inferno burger topped with chipotle and jalapeño peppers or attending a Fire-Breathing for Beginners class.
Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub ushers patrons from a broad stretch of Franklin Avenue into a bar from which all pretense has been stripped away in favor of a cozy vibe conducive to unwinding. Even the ceiling tiles broadcast the pub's ties to the community in the form of quaint, business-card-style ads for local businesses. In the game room, friendly competitors hone their skills at the dartboard and draw cues for dibs on the pool table between bites of Irish-inspired appetizers and burgers hot from the grill. Meanwhile, barkeeps refill glasses and chat with regulars as flat-screen TVs keep crowds updated on sports action and the latest commands from Big Brother.
Roundhead's Pizza Pub keeps head holes stuffed with an assortment of menu items as patrons affix their sight-spheres on one of the sports bar's more than 28 TVs. Roundhead's special pizza, packed with sausage, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms (12", $16.25+), silences the grumbling bellies of Blackhawks and Bulls supporters as they argue about whether hockey players or basketball players make more capable museum docents. Kick off a Thursday night trivia session in Lombard with a generous portion of meat-filled homemade lasagna ($11.59) or an order of ultimate nachos, an assortment of cheese, chili, sour cream, and jalapeños perched atop a tortilla chip-mountain like a gooey, amorphous Sherpa ($9.49). Roundhead's also offers a formidable lunch buffet ($7.99), served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which turns growling midday munchies into whimpering afternoon siestas.