Family-owned Angelo's Chicago Taste evokes the Windy City with its menu of quintessential dishes, such as italian beef sandwiches, gyros, polish sausage, and Chicago-style hot dogs piled with neon relish. Freshly sliced meats and cheeses nestle between warm breads, beckoning patrons to indulge in a true taste of classic Chicago eats. Most of the ingredients are made from scratch from family recipes right in the kitchen, adding a dose of freshness with each slice of gyro meat shaved off the rotisserie, mound of italian beef, and sizzle of freshly ground meat. Patrons can dig into desserts, such as baklava, while admiring the paintings and Chicago ephemera that decorate the dining-room walls across Angelo's two locations.
The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the big-screen TVs at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients have the option to play Nintendo Wii in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of 9 pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on electronic or classic cork dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game-day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dance jams throughout the festive game space.
The native chefs at India Palace use traditional cooking methods to sizzle up a tasty array of Indian cuisine, drawing from a pantry of fresh ingredients and spices. The 11th-story dining room regales patrons with scenic views of the landscape typically reserved for window washers or wealthy passengers on low-flying UFOs. Open seven days a week, India Palace stocks a buffet for lunch before populating dinner plates at 5:30 p.m.
When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. “Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,” they write on the restaurant’s website. “But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.” A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.’s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu—which translates to “eat well” in Italian—showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won’t peer pressure you to break curfew.
At The Rice House, owner Kenny Truong fuses Asian cuisine with Midwestern tastes concocting dishes such as crispy philly cheesesteak wontons and St. Louis-style fried rice. Pots of specialty gumbo simmer with turkey and collard greens, and thick slices of texas toast hold together St. Paul sandwiches such as the Angry Bird with chicken, jalapeños, pickles, and onions topped with melting muenster cheese. Patrons can also find quintessential Chinese-American staples such as lo mein, egg foo young, or sweet-and-sour pork.
Since opening Deaver's Restaurant and Sports Bar in 2003, owners Derek Deaver and Ryan Pinkston have strived to make every guest feel like they're home. This gracious mindset helped the casual American eatery earn a handful of accolades, such as the Best Neighborhood Bar in North County award from RiverFront Times in 2008. But a friendly and attentive staff is only 50% of their equation for success, with a lengthy menu of American eats comprising the other half.
Chefs grill half-pound burgers to the pinnacle of juiciness before crowning them with sautéed onions and crumbled bleu cheese. St. Louis style thin crust pizzas ooze with melting cheese, and weekly specials of meatloaf and barbeque ribs pair with any of the 13 beers on tap at the bar.
To add to Deaver's casual ambience, television sets and framed sports memorabilia hang in the spacious dining room, and an arcade lined with video games keeps kids occupied. Outdoors, guests dine beneath umbrellas on the patio, and larger parties celebrate in a private banquet hall capable of holding up to 50 guests or two Jolly Green Giants. Deaver's team also aims to make their community as happy as their regulars by supporting local churches and schools, as well as offering a 10% discount to seniors, EMT personal, fire fighters, and police officers.