Food & Drink in Granger

Pizza and Sandwiches at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

Granger

$15 $8

Pennsylvania coal–powered ovens bake Naples-inspired pizzas in as little as four minutes and roast chicken wings

$15 for $30 Worth of American Tapas at Temper Grille 

Temper Grille

Mishawaka

$30 $15

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Shareable tapas-style dishes made with quality meats and lobster

Gourmet American Pub Fare at Grill 23 Food & Spirits (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Grill 23 Food & Spirits

Granger

$20 $10.50

Chefs prepare gourmet pub fare like steaks and lobster mac n' cheese, while bartenders pour specialty cocktails and craft beers

$3 for $6 Worth of Frozen Treats at Ritter's Frozen Custard in Mishawaka

Ritter's Frozen Custard

Ritter's Frozen Custard

$6 $3

Scoops of handcrafted ice cream fill house-made waffle cones, Coke floats & candy-layered cakes at cheery, old-fashioned shop

$12 for $20 Worth of Indian Food at The India Garden

The India Garden Restaurant

Mishawaka

$20 $12

Northern Indian entrees or specialty tandoori dishes baked in a clay oven and seasoned with your choice of mild, medium, or hot spices

Pizza, Subs, and Wings at Jet's Pizza (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Jet's Pizza

Mishawaka

$10 $5.50

Signature square-shaped deep-dish pizzas pile meats and veggies high atop one of eight flavors of crust

$11 for $20 Worth of Food at Smith's Downtown Tap and Grill

Smith's Downtown Tap and Grill

Mishawaka

$20 $11

Cooks assemble heaping plates of nachos, pizzas, shaved prime rib sandwiches, and hot meatball subs inside family-friendly bar & grill

Burgers, Sandwiches, Wings, and Draft Beers at Linden Grill (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Linden Grill

Multiple Locations

$21 $10

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Juicy burgers & spicy chicken wings pair with fries at a neighborhood grill that uses secret family recipes; Main St. location serves drinks

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Puerto Vallarta Express

Puerto Vallarta Express

South Bend

$10 $5.50

At quaint express counter, diners assemble their own burritos, tacos, and salads from staple Mexican ingredients

1 or 2 Lb. of Fudge at Kilwin's (53% Off) 

Kilwin's

South Bend

$34 $16

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Artisanal fudge makers craft more than 10 flavors, such as chocolate-peanut-butter and peppermint-stick fudge, from 60-year-old recipes

$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza & Appetizers or $30 for a 2-Course Meal for Two with Wine at Bruno's Pizza

Bruno's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$50 $30

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Family business since 1975; thin- and thick-crust pizzas with bubbly layers of cheese, and crowned with your favorite toppings

Barbecue at The Prized Pig (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

The Prized Pig

Niles

$20 $11

Barbecue classics like brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, and pork shoulder, slow-smoked over applewood and oak, every day, for up to 12 hours

$5.99 for $10 Worth of Pretzels, Sandwiches, and Salads at Pumpernickel's Pretzel Bakery

Pumpernickel's Pretzel Bakery

Elkhart

$10 $5.99

Made-from-scratch pretzels with choice of 7 dipping sauces; sandwiches on pretzel buns feature barbecue pulled pork, chicken salad, or ham

Italian Cuisine at Rulli's Italian American Restaurant (38% Off). Two Options Available.

Rulli's Italian American Resturant

Multiple Locations

$20 $14

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Chefs whip up southern italian pizzas, pastas and seafood dishes in a dining room alongside buzzing sports bar with live music

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Baroda Founders Wine Cellar (Up to 47% Off)

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar

Baroda

$16 $10

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Each guest samples seven wines, five classic varieties and two speciality wines, during the winery visit

$15 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Cuisine at The Pickle & Turnip

The Pickle & Turnip

Michigan City

$30 $15

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Family-run restaurant serves traditional dishes including hand-rolled grape leaves and thinly sliced gyro meat with tzatziki sauce

$11 for $22 Toward One Standard Box of Local, Organic, Seasonal Produce for Pick-Up from Good News Farm

Good News Farm

Multiple Locations

$22 $11

Pick up assortment of seasonal vegetables produced locally and without the use of animal products at several locations

Pizza, Pasta, and Subs at Sajo’s Pizza- Richland (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Sajo's Pizza

Richland

$40 $22

Oven-toasted subs and pizzas with four types of crust and 15 toppings

$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Fazoli's

Fazoli's

Westwood

$20 $10

Eatery dishes out Italian cuisine such as baked ziti, penne with chicken, mushrooms, and broccoli in alfredo sauce, and pepperoni slices

$12 for $25 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch at Nina’s Cafe

Nina's Cafe

Westwood

$25 $12

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A family-run diner dishes up all-day breakfast omelets, waffles, and pancakes along with lunchtime chilies, sandwiches, and burgers

In-Home Wine Tasting for Up to 12 People, Plus 2 Wine Glasses, from PRP Wine International (Up to 78% Off)

PRP Wine International

Redeem from Home

$220 $49

Trained consultants pour six different wines while providing guests with background information, tasting tips, and pairing suggestions

$16 for a 10-Punch Card for Gelato at Bert's Bakery ($30 Value)

Bert's Bakery

Bert's Bakery

$30 $16

14 different flavors of gelato tempt tastebuds

Wine Tasting and Architectural Tour for Two or Four at the Henderson Castle (Up to 55% Off)

French Restaurant at the Henderson Castle

Kalamazoo

$94 $45

Sample six of Henderson Castle's estate-label wines, such as meritage and riesling, and tour the castle, which was established in 1895

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Let's Swirl ($20 Value)

Let's Swirl

Oshtemo

$10 $5.50

Guests make their own frozen-yogurt creations by mixing flavors such as birthday cake with chocolate and crowning it all with toppings

American Steak and Seafood for Up to Two or Four People at Parea (Up to 44% Off)

Parea

Valparaiso

$45 $25

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American bar and grill sears Atlantic salmon, T-bones, and pours Bells, Stella Artrois, and Brother Thelonious drafts

Spanish Tapas and Drinks at Don Quijote Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Don Quijote Restaurant

Valparaiso

$40 $22

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Menu with 25 different Spanish tapas dishes ideal for sharing served alongside wine or housemade sangria

$3 for Five 32-Ounce Smoothies with a Nutritional Boost at Smoothie Factory (a $32.40 total value)

Smoothie Factory

Portage

$6 $3

Real-fruit smoothies in more than 30 flavors such as Pineapple Passion and Cranberry Crush

Comfort Food for Two or Four at Auntie V's (Half Off)

Auntie V's

Angola

$10 $5

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Comfort food such as fried meatloaf sandwiches, housemade pies, and hand-formed burgers

$12 for $25 Worth of Indian Cuisine at A Taste of India

A Taste of India

Battle Creek

$25 $12

Burgundy booths and cinnamon-hued walls recall owner's native India; tandoori lamb chops, ginger chicken, and dynamic veggie curries

Food and Drinks at Redline BBQ Smokehouse & Catering (Up to 38% Off). Two Options Available.

Redline BBQ Smokehouse & Catering

Battle Creek

$40 $25

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Chefs craft savory barbecue dishes in their own smoker

Cajun-Style Seafood for Dine-In or Takeout at Pasche's Seafood Kitchen (Up to 38% Off)

Pasche's Seafood Kitchen

Battle Creek

$40 $25

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Southern Louisiana cooking such as fried oysters, crawfish etouffee, po'boys, and jambalaya, along with five hand-cut steak options

$15 for $30 Worth of Irish Food at T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub

T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub

Merrillville

$30 $15

Shepherd’s pie, lamb and beef burgers, and fish 'n' chips pepper furniture imported from Dublin

Premium Meats, Boneless Half Ham Dinner with Sides, or Catering from HoneyBaked Ham (Up to 50% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham

Fort Wayne

$30 $15

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, available for purchase, catering, or as part of a dinner with sides

$10 for $20 Worth or Coffee, Tea, and Baked Goods at Our Daily Brew

Our Daily Brew

Fort Wayne

$5 $2.50

More than 150 varieties of blended loose-leaf tea, more than 65 types of coffee, Dr. Smoothie smoothies, and baked goods from local bakeries

Mexican and American Cuisine at Las Tres Hermanas (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Las Tres Hermanas

Fort Wayne

$20 $11

Chicken tacos, steak burritos, and jalapeno burgers crafted by sisters who grew up in Michoacan, Mexico

Pub Food and Drinks at Beamer's Sports Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Beamer's Sports Grill

Lake

$20 $11

Eclectic mix of pub food, including fish tacos, pizzas, and pretzel burgers, which sport bacon, peanut butter, and an over-easy egg

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of American Comfort Food at The Kitchen Table ($30 Value)

The Kitchen Table

Huntertown

$15 $7.50

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Diner serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes such as a custom omelet, swiss-mushroom burger, or a fried-cod dinner

$23.52 for Two Groupons, Each good for Pizza Meal at Noble Roman's Take-N-Bake Pizza($40.56 Value)

Noble Roman's Take-N-Bake Pizza

Fort Wayne

$20.28 $11.76

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Sicilian–style deep-dish pizzas and traditional or wafer-thin cracker crusts, with breadsticks and cinnamon rounds

Pizzas, Breadsticks, and Soft Drinks at PJ's Paesan's Pizza (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.

PJ's Paesan's Pizza

Huntington

$19.95 $11

16-inch pizzas are supplemented by crisp breadsticks and sub stuffed with ham, salami, or meatballs

$10 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Pie slingers craft freshly tossed dough into masterpizzas with toppings to suit every taste

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Diner Food at Zorba's Restaurant ($30 Total Value)

Zorba's Restaurant

Highland

$10 $5

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Expansive American diner menu served in family-friendly restaurant

$20 Off Your Bill or a Five-Visit Punch Card Good for $10 Off Your Bill on Each Visit at Sanfratello's

Sanfratello's

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Thin- and pan-crust pizzas, pasta, and paninis for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery; new Highland location boasts wall murals and booths

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Ciao Bella Ristorante (50% Off)

Ciao Bella Ristorante

Schererville

$30 $15

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Florence-native chef populates an Italian menu with Mediterranean-style meats and thin-crust pizzas.

Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four with Wine at Serafina's Italian Bar and Grille (Up to 44% Off)

Serafina's Italian Bar and Grille

Holland

$98 $60

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Chefs use antibiotic-, hormone-free proteins & organic veggies picked from their gardens to craft international, gluten-free & vegan plates

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of English Pub Food at Chequers of Saugatuck

Chequers of Saugatuck

Saugatuck

$30 $15

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Guinness stew, shepherd's pie, and other classic British eats at a pub with an extensive imported beer selection

$15 for Three Vouchers, Each Valid for $10 Worth of Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner Comfort Food at Jackie’s Place

Jackie’s Place Restaurant

Holland

$10 $5

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Veggie-packed omelets, juicy burgers, and country-fried-steak sandwiches in a dining room with rose-red walls and sunset photos

French Cuisine at Restaurant Toulouse (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Restaurant Toulouse

Saugatuck

$50 $25

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French classics such as onion soup and filet mignon served in turn-of-the-century building decorated with art deco–style posters

David Spade at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on Friday, September 26, at 8 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

David Spade

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

$46 $29.90

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Boyish comedian of Tommy Boy, Grown-Ups, and Saturday Night Live fame entertains audiences with his acidic wit

Mexican Cuisine at La Quesadilla Mexican Grill (48% Off). Two Options Available.

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

$20 $11

Fresh ingredients and family recipes inform a menu of Mexican staples including fish tacos and housemade horchata

Bar and Grill Food at Bottoms Up Bar & Grill (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Bottoms Up Bar & Grill

Thornton

$20 $10

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Guests munch on burgers or fresh seafood as live bands jam in an outdoor beer garden and sporting events flash across 25 TVs

Pan Pizza, Parmesan Bread Bites, and Soda for Four or Two at Domino's Pizza (Up to 53% Off) 

Domino's Pizza

New Haven

$30.37 $15

Ubiquitous pizza franchise bakes classic pies with more than 37 toppings to choose from accompanied by garlic-laden breadsticks or bites

$8 for Burgers and Fries for Two at Arnold's Drive-In (Up to $15.18 Value)

Arnold's Drive-In

Decatur

$15.18 $8

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Old-fashioned steak burgers at a classic retro drive-in with roller-skating servers outside during spring and summer

$22 for a Distillery Tour for Two with Two Glencairn Glasses at Quincy Street Distillery ($44 Value)

Quincy Street Distillery

Riverside

$44 $22

60- to 90-minute tour of a distillery that produces 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits; each guest brings home a Glencairn glass

Comedy Night with Benji Brown at Castle (Up to 55% Off)

Comedy Night with Benji Brown

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Star of Wild ‘N Out and The Rickey Smiley Show and Ghana-born comedian get crowds rolling

Sandwich Meal for Two or Four or Sandwich Catering Package for 10 from Perry's Deli

Perry's Deli

The Loop

$26.90 $22

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Old World deli with a 30-year history constructs classic and innovative sandwiches packed with sugar-cured bacon and russian dressing

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee on Saturday, September 20, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral, PG-13-appropriate comedy sets

Deep-Dish Pizza Meal for Two or Four with Wine or Beer at Pizzeria Due

Pizzeria Due

Pizzeria Due

$28.35 $19

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A flaky crust and tons of molten cheese mark the deep-dish pizzas at this iconic Chicago eatery from the creators of Pizzeria Uno

One Ticket to For the Love of Beer, a Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub on Wednesday, September 24

Fall Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn Ameripub

$21.49 $12

3 hours of casual merriment at a sports bar in the heart of River North includes bar bites, samples of 6 fall beers, and $3 pints thereafter

Lunch or Dinner for Two at Burger Bar Chicago (Up to 32% Off)

Burger Bar Chicago

Lincoln Park

$44 $30

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Beef, bison, elk, and curried-pork burgers with unconventional toppings such as port wine glaze and tomato chutney; dozens of craft beers

Tapas and Sangria for Two or Four at Gaudi Café (Up to 49% Off)

Gaudi Café

Chicago

$62.95 $34

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Spanish cuisine mingles with Mexican and American traditions with plates of tapas and fragrant pitchers of sangria

The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

$92.09 $46

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Nine-Course Omakase Dinner for One or Two at Takashi (Up to 41% Off)

Takashi

Bucktown

$100 $60

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Michelin-starred restaurant serves Japanese-inflected French-American cuisine by James Beard Award–winning chef Takashi Yagihashi

Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies at Yogen Früz (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Yogen Früz

State Street

$10 $6

Creamy probiotic-rich frozen yogurt available in nonfat, no-sugar-added & lactose-free varieties & piled with fresh-fruit mix-ins & toppings

Sushi and Japanese Food at Nori (Up to 51% Off)

Nori

Wicker Park

$45 $22

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Chefs wrap maki rolls and stir-fry noodles at the Bucktown/Wicker Park outpost of this BYOB sushi bar

One Ticket to "Chef for a Day" with Chef Gaetano at Gioco (Up to 67% Off)

Gioco

South Loop

$300 $99

Hands-on Italian cooking demo with Chef Gaetano, followed by lunch with wine

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Ringo Japanese Kitchen

Ringo Japanese Kitchen

DePaul

$30 $16

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Located in the heart of Lincoln Park since 1999, patrons dine on specialty sushi rolls such as firecracker roll with tuna & tempura crunch

Boneless Half Ham or $50 for $100 Worth of Catering and Party Platters at HoneyBaked Ham

HoneyBaked Ham

Lakeview

$44.50 $22.25

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Hams smoked for up to 24 hours serve up to 10; party platters ideal for game-watching, tailgating, and other gatherings

General-Admission or VIP Entry to Independent Spirits Expo on Tuesday, September 30 at Hilton Downtown (51% Off)

Independent Spirits Expo

The Hilton

$65 $32

Taste indie distilleries' artisinal spirits such as whiskeys, vodkas, and mezcals; VIPs get early access

$25 for a Cooking Class for Two at Treasure Island Foods ($48 Value)

Treasure Island Foods

Lincoln Park

$48 $25

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Renowned local and international chefs demonstrate how to create masterful dishes from fresh ingredients to the delight of culinary students

American Meal with Drinks for Two or $28 for $40 Worth of Carryout at State Restaurant

State Restaurant

DePaul

$40 $28

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Sports bar creates upscale food like the caprese salad, spaghetti marinara, turkey BLT, filet mignon burger, and truffle macaroni and cheese

Southern Breakfast or Dinner at Wishbone (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Wishbone Restaurant

Near West Side

$20 $11

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"Southern reconstruction" dishes at a Chicago favorite celebrating 24 years in business range from jambalaya omelets to crawfish cakes

Groceries at Family Fruit Market (Up to 31% Off). Two Options Available.

Family Fruit Market

Portage Park

$30 $22

Continually rotated seasonal produce, USDA Choice meats for the grill, imported European groceries, and bulk snacks at a neighborhood market

Mexican Food and Margaritas at Cesar's Restaurant (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

$20 $10

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Oversized margaritas and classic Mexican dishes such as enchilladas, fajitas, and rellenos, all served in plentiful portions

Mexican Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Zapatista (Up to 44% Off)

Zapatista

Multiple Locations

$40 $25

Shrimp or skirt steak fill fajitas served in heated lava-stone; tacos and enchiladas brim with chicken tinga, beef, or sauteed vegetables

Lunch or Wine and Cheese at City Winery (Up to 58% Off)

City Winery

West Loop

$60 $25

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Elegant winery with on-tap, Chicago-made wines paired with Mediterranean-inspired shared plates

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

$24.50 $17

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

Deep-Dish or Thin-Crust Pizza for Two or Four at Gino's East (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Gino's East

Chicago

$25 $13

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Meals for two or four with thin-crust pies or deep-dish pizzas baked in seasoned pans using decades-old recipes

Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant (Up to 49% Off)

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$67 $35

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Shared stew-like Ethiopian dishes featuring lamb, beef, chicken, or vegan bean-and-veggie blends

Up to 50% Off Asian-Fusion Cuisine at Asian Outpost. Two Options Available.

Asian Outpost

South Loop

$40 $20

Family recipes spanning generations fill up the menu; ramen, sushi, fried chicken, and Asian barbecue have equal billing

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In 1966, taxi drivers Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli finally became fed up with their stop-and-go lives full of honking horns and rush-hour traffic. So they shut off their engines, handed in their keys, and took root. Along with pal George Loverde, they invested in property just off the bustling Magnificent Mile, but then didn?t know what to do with it. According to a 2004 profile in the Chicago Tribune, they got their direction when someone finally said, ?Put pizza in it.?

Today, Gino?s still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae?s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings?from sausage and pepperoni to jalape?os and ground beef. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don?t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.

7321 Heritage Square Drive
Granger,
IN
US

The iconic comic-strip character and namesake of Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes peeps out from the first “o” in the deli’s logo, embracing not his wife, Blondie, but the signature Dagwood sandwich. With its four meats and pair of cheeses, the delicious (if slightly intimidating) sandwich represents the more than 20 signature subs and clubs that grace Dagwood’s menu. Meats ranging from premium roast beef to tender pork loin share slices of bread with cheeses, crisp pickles, and all the condiments one might expect of an old-fashioned deli. Those too young to appreciate the shop’s Sunday-paper references will at least enjoy kids’ meals such as the classic grilled-cheese sandwich. Aside from their in-store selections, the deli caters events with colorful trays of meats and sack lunches served by a curiously cartoonish wait staff.

7130 Heritage Square Dr
Granger,
IN
US

After years working as a sous chef and executive chef, Sean Kelley decided to found his own restaurant, where the rich colors and textures of tapas-style dishes are matched with vibrant decor. In the dining room, guests bite into lamb pops and sip hoppy craft beers from the beer list at booths underneath unearthly artwork. Wine bottles stand half-empty on the bright-red bar nearby as guests savor sharp whites and speak in arch tones about the declining quality of the Aquaman monthly series.

1213 E University Dr
Granger,
IN
US

After owning the Granger Tap and Grill for nearly 30 years, the culinary-minded Reynolds family opened Jimmy's Pizza and Ribs to indulge their appetites for pies baked with homemade sauces and freshly cut ingredients, in addition to their already established barbecue ribs. The pizza menu lures diners with the Supreme, a pie as classic as Shakespeare’s award-winning lemon chiffon, which comes festooned with sausage, mushroom, pepperoni, and green peppers. A large meat lovers pizza transports hearty bitefuls of sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon atop Jimmy's original pizza sauce, and a hawaiian pizza whisks taste buds to tropical climes with a mélange of ham and bacon sweetened with pineapple. Large pizzas measure a whopping 18-inches across and can feed hungry families or dieting narwhals when supplemented with a savory side of breadsticks or cheesy garlic bread.

14500 State Road 23
Granger,
IN
US

Samuel Mancino's Italianate empire extends throughout the Midwest, with each outpost flaunting a full menu of fresh-baked grinders and pizzas loaded with hearty ingredients. A trifecta of ham, hard salami, and spicy sausage powers the signature italian grinder ($6.49 for an 8"), spurred on to its task of filling bellies by green pepper, onion, and melted mozzarella. Samuel Mancino's chefs toss dough by hand to give it a fluffy texture before it meets its fate as a foundation for pizzas laden with fresh, gourmet topping combinations such as chicken and garlic or ham, bacon, and pineapple ($15.99+). Piping-hot breadsticks return in sugary eveningwear as sweet Cinna-Stix ($5.99), perfect for dessert or as lick-and-stick nest-building materials. Prices may vary by location, though the owner, who recently took over the Erskine Plaza location, is absolutely identical.

13020 State Road 23
Granger,
IN
US

In 1966, taxi drivers Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli finally became fed up with their stop-and-go lives full of honking horns and rush-hour traffic. So they shut off their engines, handed in their keys, and took root. Along with pal George Loverde, they invested in property just off the bustling Magnificent Mile, but then didn?t know what to do with it. According to a 2004 profile in the Chicago Tribune, they got their direction when someone finally said, ?Put pizza in it.?

Though the rest is history, it wasn?t quite easy. Bartoli and Loverde came from Italian and Sicilian backgrounds, but neither knew the key to a good pizza. It wasn?t until they hired Alice Mae Redmond, the woman responsible for the dough at Pizzeria Uno, that the Gino's East Chicagoans know and love was truly born. Although Alice Mae retired back in 1989, the recipe for her flaky, golden deep-dish pizza crust lives on.

Today, Gino?s still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae?s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings?from sausage and pepperoni to jalape?os and ground beef. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don?t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.

7321 Heritage Square Dr
Granger,
IN
US