Behind John Dough Bakery's brick façade, a display case flush with pastries and shelves stacked with bread loaves volunteer ocular and aromatic reasons to sit and nosh. A lunchtime menu contains classic American sandwiches accompanied by pickle spears and kicked up with components such as fresh goat cheese. Half-soup, half-salad fusions sate indecisive eaters and Harvey Dents, and bite-size confections covered in chocolate or drizzled in icing satisfy sweet tooths.
When customers walk into John's Rib House, the aroma alone tells them the kitchen is doing justice to barbecue. All ribs and rib tips are smoked with real hickory wood in a Southern Pride smoker for three hours, and the pulled pork stays in the smoker for 13 hours. In addition to barbecue chicken wings, Southern-style catfish, and shrimp dinners, the team piles buns with everything from Maxwell Street polish sausages to half-pound Angus burgers. For dessert, diners can order up slices of sweet-potato pie or peach cobbler to devour in the eatery's casual dining room, or carry out a whole sweet-potato pie to share with their family or a very hungry caterpillar.
Wheatstack, nestled on the historic farmland of two of Lisle's earliest settlers, John and Bertha Hatch, doles out a bountiful harvest of comfort fare made from scratch. Warm up human food processors with an appetizer of choice, including 10 spicy thai or buffalo-style jumbo chicken wings or bruschetta constructed on a baseboard of country bread. To practice synchronized eating, patrons can dive into a serving of penne vodka swimming with pasta, roasted chicken, and parmesan cheese. A plate of sautéed lemon chicken sends angel hair pasta gliding across tongues like Roombas on ice, and seasonal veggies and a bed of wild rice snuggle up to an 8-ounce tilapia fillet, which can be grilled, blackened, or sautéed. Wheatstack's lengthy wine list pours out a variety of grapey nectars, including a Ruffino pinot grigio from Italy and a Raymond merlot. Little mouths 10 years old or younger can feast on offerings from the kids' menu, and guests with dietary restrictions can indulge in the gluten-free menu.
Pete & Johnny's Tavern & Grille dishes out a relaxed dining experience bolstered by a vast supply of brews and a menu stockpiled with hearty American grill fare. Prelude your potlatch with appetizers such as the steak-cut onion rings, served in a basket or latched around ring fingers for impromptu marriage proposals ($4.69). A 10-inch taco pizza revs esophageal engines with a state-of-the-art three-cheese hybrid of ground beef, picante sauce, tomatoes, and sour cream ($8.99). Follow up taste-bud teasers with a focaccia-bread bruschetta burger ($6.79), the chopped steak with grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and bordelaise sauce ($9.99), or a full slab of barbecue baby-back ribs ($20.99). Pete & Johnny's libation supply is never in short order, with premium drafts and bottles abutting a range of wines and liquors to keep food company—or to fuel album-length karaoke opuses on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Menus at Allgauer's may vary slightly by location, but each Hilton-anchored outpost of American dining serves high-end steaks and seafood. Mid-day appetites can be quelled with lunch offerings such as a starter of baked artichoke bruschetta ($8) and a hearty grilled rib-eye steak sandwich ($13). To dine during dinner, arrive in sundown-style and begin with an appetizing opener such as the mushroom pot pie with sherry wine and walnut blue cheese ($7). Sample the meatiest of meals, the grilled beef tenderloin medallions ($22–$33), or take a bathypelagic trip to fullness with sautéed shrimp and sea scallops ($17–$27). Entrees are served with a choice of the soup du jour or a house salad.
Run by Bob Chinn's nephew, Chinn's 34th Street Fishery has made a name for itself with fresh seafood that earned a feature on ABC7's Hungry Hound. Tuna, king crab, and jumbo shrimp get flown in daily from Hawaii, Alaska, and Florida. Chefs prepare the oceanic delights in a variety of international styles, whether drizzling them with lemon butter and white wine, blackening them with Cajun spices, or tempura-frying fillets. They also pair fish with swirls of pasta al dente or a mound of filet mignon that's juicier than an orange wrapped in the National Enquirer. Diners can pair their seafood with signature dishes including garlic butter–dipped rolls, tall mai tais, or housemade desserts.