The cozy red booths at Glen Oak Restaurant are a perfect match for the classic American comfort foods found within the bountiful pages of the menu. From farm fresh eggs served all day to breaded veal cutlets served with brown gravy, the cuisine here has been soothing and warming hungry visitors for 35 years. Burgers, melts, and salads adorned with bacon and feta cheese are just a few of the timeless crowd-pleasers that never disappoint, while dishes such as chicken kabobs or steak quesadillas treat taste buds to global flavors so dinner never gets boring. Of course, no visit would be complete without a slice of one of Glen Oak's fruit or cream pies, the flavors of which change daily or even sooner on days when the restaurant is frequented by clowns.
Asian Pearl's chefs practice their craft with multitasking; in order to execute the bistro's extensive menu, they must be familiar with the tenets of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. Rice noodles and fragrant curries occupy the Thai sphere of the kitchen, while woks toss Chinese favorites including sesame chicken and five-spice duck. Japanese influence appears both in tempura plates and in signature maki rolls, such as the Sky roll that tops shrimp tempura with masago, kanikama, and crunch. Asian Pearl also blends flavors in seafood or grill dishes, such as Tiger's Tears—marinated beef draped in a sauce they claim is "spicy enough to make a tiger cry," something that was said of Judy Garland.
A gentle bath of neon blue light descends over diners inside Asian Pearl's modernist dining room, punctuated by white tablecloths and mural silhouettes of golden trees. Neatly folded napkin peaks greet patrons as they sit down at the sushi bar, forming a crimson vanguard between the wood-and-silver chairs and the chefs' busy hands behind the glass. Around the perimeter of the dining room, thin hanging lamps cast a contrasting red and white light from behind scrawls of Chinese characters.
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
Alfie's Inn takes its name from the 1966 film in which Michael Caine plays a carefree playboy. In contrast to this flippant character, the chefs at Alfie’s Inn work with military precision, particularly when it comes to their signature burger. After whipping up a top-secret in-house seasoning, they grind burger meat and treat it for precisely one minute and 10 seconds—any longer and patties become mushy; any shorter and they toughen. Fried and mounded with grilled onions or blue-cheese crumbles, the end result is an epic burger that has earned praise on WGN’s Chicago’s Best.
Though known for its burger, the eatery also boasts impressively sized portions of baby back ribs, new york strip steaks, and surf ‘n’ turf dishes. Diners feast on meals amid the restaurant’s medieval decor, complete with suits of armor and a roaring indoor fireplace. Kids also walk away bearing trinkets including balloons, lollipops, and a little Magna Carta that emancipates them from their parents.
Head chef John Anderson, a staple of Adelle's Fine American Fare since its humble beginnings, curates a menu of upscale cuisine inspired by American comfort-food classics. Served in a dining room gilded with soft yellow lighting and woven-back chairs, orange-soy butter sauce adds a tangy accent to panko-herb-encrusted whitefish, and grilled flat iron steak cowers from voracious appetites behind a shield of blue cheese and red-wine demi-glace. Like the roster of Supreme Court justices, a lineup of specials changes daily, highlighting unique starters and entrees and fresh-baked desserts, from decadent pastries to sweet bread puddings infused with fresh fruits.