A Gourmet sandwich shop specializing in Chicago style hotdogs, Italian beef, sandwiches, burgers and more. Changing menu of specials includes wild game sausage, sandwiches and Belgian style frites (fries) served in a paper cone with a choice of flavored aioli sauces served on the side.
Tatami Restaurant's chefs whorl fresh fish, colorful veggies, and chewy rice into more than 60 types of sushi for in-house dining adventures and elegant catered meals. Diners graze on a bounty of traditional and fusion-inspired sushi combinations, many of which bear names evoking the city on the lake and its flavorful denizens, including the signature Kansaku roll, which shares its name with Tatami Restaurant's sister restaurant and salutes the eatery with shrimp tempura, freshwater eel, and a ribbon of cream cheese. The 10-piece Lake Shore Drive roll employs outrageous flavor tactics to upstage Chicago’s beach vistas, pulling out all the stops with a combination of yellowtail, cilantro, and spicy mayo. Diners craving a hot, hearty meal can savor traditional Japanese entrees such as chicken yaki soba or tofu katsu with sweet chili.
House-made cuisine isn't supposed to be flashy, and Mario's Mondo Cafe doesn't try to impress diners with anything beyond an unwavering dedication to Old World flavors. Inspired by generations of family recipes, Chef Mario cobbles together a menu of familiar Italian staples while incorporating local and sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible. The Chicago Tribune praised the restaurant for its commitments to tradition and unpretentious comfort food, calling the eatery, "a casual, hidden treasure."
Even the decor aims to create a cozy ambiance. Butcher paper covers the tabletops and a single shelf lines the pale orange walls, displaying a variety of homestyle mementos, such as framed pictures and bronzed kickball trophies.
Splash Landings's year-round indoor water park brims with swimmers of all ages and skill levels enjoying its watery attractions, which range from a zero-depth entry pool for kids, a relaxing whirlpool, and speedy slides. Soaring above the pool are vintage model airplanes sporting vintage model water wings, and lifeguards stand throughout the facility to ensure tykes are protected. The staff also prepares visitors for safe splashing with a wide array of swimming lessons offered year-round.
In The Valley Lodge, a stone fireplace casts gentle ripples of warmth and light, its snapping kindling sharing tales accumulated during more than four decades in business. Around the roaring hearth orbit plates laden with baby back ribs, lamb chops, and cheeseburgers, which twirl an olfactory kaleidoscope. Flat-screen televisions flicker through the fragrant steam, letting patrons keep abreast of athletic competitions without the risk of mascots building nests in their belongings.
Irving's For Red Hot Lovers was featured on Food Network's Food Finds for its top-notch takes on windy-city standards such as Polish sausage, juicy Italian beef, and Chicago–style dogs. It recently gave its interior a fresh new look with a renovation, but the menu of hearty eats remains the same. Pair a pure beef jumbo Red Hot ($3.40) with crispy sweet potato fries ($2.10) or put the Scala's Italian beef sandwich ($4.50) together with Irving's For Red Hot Lovers’ specialty cheddar fries, which frolic in Merkts cheese ($2.25). Veggie options include the vegetable wrap stuffed with fresh broccoli, salsa, lettuce, tomato, and onions ($4.85) and the baked potato piled high with broccoli and cheese ($3.95). Finish your decadent meal with a milkshake in strawberry, chocolate, or Tab flavors ($2.10).