In 1999, Jordan Mullikin began working in Giorgio's of Chicago, his dad's restaurant. By age 14, he was already crafting original sauces to enrich his father's cuisine, rather than acting like a normal rebellious teen and opening his own restaurant across the street. It wasn't until after high school that he took the helm of his very own eatery, Chicago's Best, with the help of his industry-wise father.
These days, he runs Aioli, where he draws upon his years of experience and sauce-making skills to flavor sandwiches made with handcrafted specialty breads, as well as provide catering services for a variety of occasions. Here, he crowns pretzel bun burgers with chipotle aioli and grilled bell peppers, and fills toasted whole grain buns with grilled chicken doused in red wine BBQ sauce. Despite the change in focus, Jordan hasn't abandoned his Windy City specialties. Aioli's Chicago-inspired dishes range from Vienna beef dogs topped with peppers and celery salt to hot giardiniera piled atop housemade seasoned roast beef.
The lotus flower symbolizes renewal, rejuvenation, and refinement. Using this blossom as their inspiration, the beauty professionals behind Lotus Beverly Hills Skin Center aim to help renew, rejuvenate, and refine skin with cosmetic injections, peels, and laser treatments. Noninvasive treatments help clients on a quest for weight loss to achieve shapelier silhouettes with lasers, radio frequencies, and appetite suppressants. When patients stroll through Lotus Beverly Hills Skin Center's glass doors, cherry-blossom murals greet their eyes from behind a dark wooden desk. Leather chairs, potted plants, and tan fabric couches occupy the serene space, which comfortably fits three laser-treatment rooms, four skincare rooms, and one fully functioning Gutenberg printing press.
"If you succeed, it will change your lives." Accountant Afram Nimeh uttered those words to his two sons in 1993 after investing the last of his savings into a failing restaurant. Though he passed away the following year, his sons—Joseph and Steven—carried on his legacy, Chicken Dijon Rotisserie & Grill. Today, they have expanded the family franchise to five locations, where customers gather to sample casual, healthy Mediterranean cuisine without having to build their own private jets. The kitchen staff efficiently assembles gyro and chicken platters flanked by sides such as rice pilaf, mediterranean potato salad, and stuffed grape leaves, as well as sandwiches topped with chicken, sliced gyro meat, or falafel.
Chef Rafi did not create Fresh Kabobs to get rich. He finds his reward in the opportunity to share authentic Indian dishes, such as tandoori chicken breast and grilled whole tilapia, with families in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. Inside his kitchen, chef Rafi draws from his pantry packed with USDA-choice Angus beef, fresh vegetables, and lamb imported from New Zealand to prepare each dish to order. Seated at dark-wood tables in the brightly lit dining area, patrons split spicy curry bowls brimming with basmati rice and sip mango lassis freshly blended with yogurt and spices. The dining area's high ceilings seem to extend to the stratosphere, past the red-tiled eaves and sky-blue murals dotted with fluffy white clouds shaped like cubes of paneer.
When the chefs at Italian Cravings Irvine created their menu of Italian favorites, they decided not to be too fastidious with their recipes. So in addition to their traditional Italian recipes, they also created fusion dishes using the flavors and ingredients of other cuisines. Plates of tender veal in a marsala wine sauce sit next to the chicken tequila—a bed of fettuccine topped with chicken, bell peppers, and cilantro, all drizzled in a tequila lime sauce. Alongside the Italian entrees, chef also toss pizzas with traditional and unusual ingredients, from pepperoni to barbecue chicken. They pair all of this with tall glasses of beer or wine, which help ensure that meals are long, jovial affairs—like marathons emceed by a standup comic.
Jerry has dedicated his life to the pursuit of a good dog. After discovering the burst of flavor that resulted from roasting hot dogs over a wood fire, he developed his wood-fired recipes with the help of a master sausage maker. Now, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs serves all-beef hot dogs, internationally inspired sausages, and hefty Steakhouse Burgers loaded with more than 30 free toppings and sauces. For enjoyment outside the dinning room, Jerry's goes a step beyond carryout by offering on-site catering services with Jerry's signature wood-fire grill.