In 2009, Nate and Katie Nakasatian decided that the best vessel for their made-to-order Asian fusion cuisine was not a bowl, but buns. They invented an entire menu’s worth of sandwiches stuffed with homemade sauces and Eastern-inspired filling, from panko-crusted crab cakes to chicken satay. Zenwich has since been featured on CLTV's Chicago's Best Sandwiches segment, and its beef curry sandwich—packed with pulled beef, potato, carrots, and onions that have all slow-cooked in a curry gravy—won a spot on Chicago magazine's list of The 50 Best Sandwiches in Chicago. Its "sloppy and satisfying" construction complements that of other robust offerings, such as the crispy pork katsu inside the Bryanism sandwich. Rather than placating vegetarians with meaty sandwiches molded into the shape of a lettuce leaf, the Nakasatians chose to create five signature veggie Zenwiches, including a tofu teriyaki sandwich and the Bibimbob—a mix of sautéed spinach, shitake mushrooms, and veggies in sesame oil.
Wok 'n Fire?named Best Asian Restaurant by West Suburban Living?tantalizes taste buds with a menu bursting with flavors from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. In their specialties, chefs sear seafood, steak, and chicken with complex flavors in the wok. They craft sashimi and specialty maki rolls, as well as twirling together noodle dishes that range from japanese udon to thai curry noodles and the cantonese noodles used in ancient tugs of war between provinces. Ginger ale and flavored lemonades, both crafted in-house, hydrate throats between bites.
Decor varies across the Asian bistro's locations throughout the western suburbs, but all share dramatic lighting, sleek hardwood floors, and smooth wooden seating that all obey one gravitational constant. Sophisticated accents pervade each location, such as dangling lights that recall bells, sinuous golden dragons undulating across a wall, and partitions that mimic an abacus or twined branches.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
The owners of Fratello's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria make themselves as visible outside the restaurant as they do inside. Take, for example, their support of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 by entering a buffalo-chicken pizza in the district office's 2012 Top Pizza Night, where it won Best Specialty Pizza. They also build Fratello's image through similar efforts, from serving as the exclusive caterer of Pump It Up Elmhurst to bringing concessions to local events, such as hockey games or family comedy roasts. Back at the restaurant, chefs mold dough into the bases of thin-crust, pan, or stuffed-crust pizza, and prepare classic Italian and American dishes.
In 1976, an empty Elmhurst storefront became the conduit for chef Angelo Battaglia’s culinary dreams when he founded Two Brothers from Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria with his wife, Rosalia. Now grown to four times its original size, the restaurant still serves up Angelo’s original recipes, prepared under the guidance of the Battaglias' daughter, Joanne. The voluminous menu swaps between pizzas peppered with 29 different toppings and pastas served with your choice of 10 noodles and eight sauces. Waiters ferry each plate beneath rounded archways into a dining room whose white tablecloths and floral accents radiate refinement. Private party specials, including a seven-course family-style meal, feed clusters of 25 or more without the need to pry off an asteroid-sized chunk of the moon's cheese.
100 South Chop House emulates swanky 1950s supper clubs with ambient jazz, tender steaks, and ambrosial martinis. Diners can fork-spear a filet mignon, rib-eye, or skirt steak, or release the knife gripped between their teeth to slice into coconut-crusted and teriyaki-glazed fish such as mahi mahi, salmon, and sea bass mingling with jalapeño peppers. Burger patties sizzle under mounds of melting white cheddar, spicy blue, or buffalo mozzarella. Meanwhile, chefs simmer sauces such as asiago cream, basil tomato, and garlic white-wine to toss with pastas. Patrons can select glasses of wine from a roster of dozens, including myriad cabernets, merlots, and posh reserve vintages that arrive wearing fedoras and wingtips.