Athena Uslander used to be a structural engineer, but today she's a baker. If you asked Athena what the two professions have in common, she'd likely say attention to detail. If you asked her customers at Athena’s Silverland Desserts, however, they'd be too busy chewing a mouthful of cookie, rice treat, or brownie to answer. Since 1983, Athena has helmed the ovens at her bakery in Elmwood Park. Her signature brownie recipe has garnered her some national attention, including an appearance on Oprah and The Today Show. Now, customers nationwide call in or hire a banner plane to put in their orders for the confections that Athena and her staff make from all-natural ingredients—free of trans fats, additives, and preservatives.
Organic and small-batch wines fill swirling glasses beneath the soaring ceilings of House Red Vinoteca. At a rustic, reclaimed-wood bar, discerning staff members subject new elixirs to tastings and credit checks, and the chef makes changes to a rotating menu of vino-enhancing fare made from scratch. Plates bearing crispy flatbreads and desserts inspired by international culinary traditions glide back and forth between duos chattering beneath exposed-brick walls. The warm sway of live jazz rolls across wine-tasting events and bottle-laden shelves, and patrons sipping through tasting flights from Croatia, Lebanon, Morocco, Serbia, and Slovenia add delicate treble notes with clinking glasses.
Illuminated by a roaring fireplace or the outdoor patio's twinkling fairy lights, patrons thwart thirst and dig into a full menu crafted from scratch. Though brews flow from 15 taps and over 50 bottles, the bar and restaurant also lavishes focused attention on its cuisine. Chefs toss pizza dough by hand, and personally shake hands with every Irish and American entree they send to tables. Celebrants drawn to the spacious party rooms upstairs wet whistles with special party packages.
Corner sports/pub on Madison Street in Forest Park. We serve pizza & traditional pub food, most of it homemade. We have darts (plus steel tip) & beer pong. We have karaoke and live music and will feature an outdoor patio in the spring. Watch all your favorite sports on one of our 10 50" flatscreens! Daily drink specials!
Inventive fusion dishes, like the jalapeno- and lime-layered Mexican sushi roll, offer unexpected tastes at Bistro Sake. Other dishes, like the Unforgettable Salmon, shine in their simplicity and tradition. The restaurant's hibachi table, meanwhile, sizzles with beef and chicken, while udon noodles hoist crispy bites of tempura shrimp. Delicately lifting spicy slices of Japanese steak, or plucking pieces of fish and roe, chopsticks at Bistro Sake deliver a diverse array of fresh, authentic flavors to discerning palates.
The Junction Diner was born from a child's imagination. Kate and Brad Wahl's son Connor had just turned 1 and received a wooden train set. He played for well over an hour, delighting his parents, who had been searching for something that could keep their son's attention. The next step seemed as natural as a locomotive's forward momentum: they opened a train-themed restaurant to cater to parents and their kids.
Inside The Junction Diner, a long counter wraps around the room's center like a winding train track. Diners sit on either side, and servers move up and down the middle, carrying plates of food with playful, train-inspired names. Customers at the counter itself can even get their meals delivered by an actual train. The aptly titled "Lil Conductor's Menu" delights kids with mini burgers and cheese quesadillas, while older diners peruse "Box Car Burgers" made with certified Black Angus beef and "Junction Wraps" including the buffalo chicken, topped in buffalo sauce, veggies, and a choice of ranch dressing or blue cheese. Near the dining area, a large table with interactive model trains keeps kids busy while their parents finish meals.