Chicago Street Pub's entrée artisans craft a menu of traditional Irish dishes and hearty pub fare flanked by a cascade of ten constant draughts and assorted Irish whiskeys. Start by tongue-diving for deep fried lobster bites ($7.25) then tooth trek to European shorelines with the Irish surf 'n' turf— a platter of two pieces of beer battered cod accompanied by three irish-sausage links ($8.50). The Rugger burger bombards meat-seeking mouths with two juicy beef disks under irish bacon, portobellos, an onion ring, and a quartet of cheeses ($9.95) and garden-garnished options, such as the provolone-packed portobello sandwich, pacify herbivores and newly vegan pet rocks ($7.25).
McBrody's eclectic chefs inscribe menu pages with scrumptious tales of pub cuisine. Appetizers plunge french bread into creamy spinach artichoke dip and lasso herds of spicy buffalo shrimp from the seaweed plains of Atlantis. During the main course, bread embraces tender steak sandwiches or flaky grouper Reubens, while patty melts are held together, like most modern skyscrapers, with gooey cheese. Bacardi cocktails are on hand to lighten eating spirits, while buckets of domestic beer offer an effervescent alternative to celebratory douses in Gatorade.
For the past 30 years, Nardi has never stopped honing his skills as a cook, and he now feeds the masses at his restaurant, Nardi's on Chicago. Nardi's celebrates Joliet's local history as well as casual Italian food. In a dining room decked out with a series of vintage photographs that depict former Joliet businesses and bridges, classic pasta and steak entrees top tables. Nardi uses only organic produce and free-range meats in these dishes. He crafts his signature offering, a simple platter of spaghetti and meatballs, from his grandmother's own recipe.
Named in honor of local firefighters and police, The Department's restaurant and liquor lounge serve modern cuisine in a loft-style space outfitted with exposed-brick walls, gleaming wood floors, and an abundantly stocked bar. In preparation for the dinner rush, waiters flip crisp white cloths to hide tables’ risqué tattoos while chefs fire up the grill and stir marinades for gourmet steaks, pork loin, and seafood plates. House specialty dishes reflect the chef's meticulous attention to detail; the Cajun rib eye basks in a marinade for 48 hours, and the crab-stuffed tilapia offsets the rich seafood with a white-wine sauce. At lunch, a menu of gourmet sandwiches and burgers fosters casual meals. Fridays see live acoustic entertainment filling the air with quarter notes as bartenders work hard shaking potent cocktails and luring corks out of wine bottles with maraschino cherries. Those craving al fresco eats during warmer months may dine on The Department's tree-lined, second story balcony.
Truth Restaurant's gregarious, attentive servers shell out an ever-changing menu of eclectic American fare within a friendly, neighborhood eatery. Sink incisors into a selection of tasty starters, such as the lobster pizza smothered in a three-cheese blend ($10.50) and the fall pastries, featuring light dough pillows packed with grilled chicken and smoked ham over dijon sauce ($7). Chefs enlist local cowboys to corral a glut of carnivorous entrees, including the savory 14-ounce New York–strip steak ($25), a veggie-bolstered chunk of lamb chops ($22), and the restaurant's signature meatloaf served over creamy mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and grandma's cheek-pinching love ($14).
Gnarly’s Eatery flavors each of its pizza pies with just a hint of the mythical with the apocryphal Legend of Gnarly, the cheese-riddled epic story of their founding. The myth translates into truth, though, in their fine pies paired with craft beers and topped with premium dairy products. To whet appetites for their oven-baked, golden disks of bread, butter, and cheese, the cooks craft deep-fried Gnarly nuggets sprinkled with parmesan cheese and the Apollo, a quarter-pound mozzarella stick.