There is no dine-in service at The Golden Bowl, a Bartlett Chinese restaurant specializing in takeout and delivery. But that doesn't phase the regulars who keep coming back for spring rolls, house-made dumplings, and pan-fried noodles. In addition to these classics, the eatery's chef whips up original creations such as Crunchy Bartlett Chicken, which pairs shredded, lightly breaded chicken with tangy apricot sauce. Diners can order all of these dishes and more online, preventing one from having to pick up the phone or softly pray for chow mein to rain from the sky.
Every Sunday, Papa Saverio welcomed his family with the enticing aromas of simmering tomatoes, garlic, and onions as he cooked a traditional Italian meal for the whole clan. Two generations later, his children and grandchildren have grown into expert cooks themselves—thanks to their papa's teaching—and have founded their very own restaurant, Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria. Opened in 1997, what was once a single shop in Lake in the Hills has since expanded to 15 stores scattered across Chicagoland. Yet no matter the location, Papa Saverio’s Old-World recipes remain the same and his love of family pervades each eatery. Patrons can build their own pies atop a light and flaky thin-crust canvas or a slightly thicker pan-pizza crust, or they can go even bigger with the Chicago-style deep dish, which requires a fork and knife for mess-free consumption. Chefs hand-roll the eatery's original double-dough pie and layer cheese and toppings, such as sausage, green peppers, and hot giardiniera, between two crusts to create the stuffed pizza. Although Papa Saverio’s is known for its pies, the menu also features other Italian favorites, such as baked mostaccioli and lasagna, and plenty of sandwiches and wraps for those who already ate pizza for breakfast, lunch, and second lunch.
Sandwichville's amiable servers expedite made-to-order bread-and-protein towers. The Elvis the King's amalgam of peanut butter, bacon, bananas, and honey ($5.29) saunters and swivels its way across the mouth’s threshold with gooey charm. A menu packed with stackable sustenance lets customers concoct You Call It dagwoods ($4.99) that sport custom assemblages of bread, fillings, condiments, and extras such as guacamole and bacon ($0.50 each). Symbolically make up for past encounters with subpar paninis or all-too-human human childhood heroes by triumphantly tackling the Cuban, which piles high ham, roast pork, salami, and swiss cheese on a pressed roll ($6.29).
Happenstance restaurateurs Rakesh and Sarina Chopra opened Sansaveria after a whirlwind excursion to the city of lights left them longing to bring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Paris back home with them. Meals commence with classic appetizers such as the baked onion soup ($5) or a French charcuterie plate, boasting a collection of cured meats, artisan cheeses, and multilingual croustades ($12). Pair plats principaux such as the garlic and herb sautéed steak Mediterranean ($27), or the wine-basted, caper-kissed sautéed tilapia carciofi ($19), with one of more than 40 wines, or choose any three by-the-glass options to sample a flight of fermented fancy. Suppers saunter toward their sugary conclusions with decadent delights including homemade bananas foster and Grand Marnier–filled crêpes ($7), or with sweet cocktails such as the creamy and indulgent choco-tini or a Sambuca Romana cordial—known for its impeccable manners.