Nick’s Deli, Pizza, Roast Beef & Seafood’s sprawling menu, lauded in the Marlborough Patch, runs the gamut from dozens of themed pizzas and calzones to family-recipe roast-beef sandwiches. A steaming meatball sub stalks elusive hunger pangs with torpedoes of homemade ground meat and sonar-guided sprinklings of feta cheese, tomato, and lettuce ($5.55 for a small; $6.65 for a large). Crunchy romaine lettuce and croutons chaperone grilled chicken in the caesar-salad wrap ($6.25), and a gooey Spartan pizza sows feta, green pepper, and chicken in a tomato-laden field of dough ($9.99–$14.99), just as ancient Italian pizza farmers once sewed their fields with marinara-sauce seeds.
In Jimmy's Place's kitchen, chefs cook chicken vesuvio in a finely-tuned blend of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings. According to a December 2011 article in the Forest Park Review, this signature dish is a favorite of Food Network star Jeff Mauro, who featured it on his show Sandwich King. The crispy Italian-American meal uses a recipe passed down through owner Jim Jodoin's family?as does the rest of the menu. Years of culinary tradition are written into the homemade marinara sauce that blankets the restaurant's chicken parmesan, the meat that stuffs its homemade ravioli, and the weighty toppings that keep its pizzas from floating up to the ceiling.
Out in the dining room, these meals pair with a distinctly local atmosphere?newspaper clippings and photos of customers line the walls, and bartenders pour drinks at a full bar as flat screen TVs beam in sports.
Since 1977, Starship Restaurant & Catering has fed Chicago's unending need for sandwiches and soups. The cooks' most classic creation goes by the name The Starship, and, to make it, they load a sesame seed bun with ham, turkey, bologna, and two kinds of cheese, topping it with fresh veggies. The sizable sandwich pairs with more than 150 varieties of soup, including familiar staples such as French onion and split pea, as well as original recipes such as pepperoni pizza and Oktoberfest soup, which yells "Prost!" each time you take a sip.
With more than 31 years of experience filling Chicagoland's frozen statuary needs, Nadeau's Ice Sculptures makes party luges that offer aesthetic and tactile pleasure to drinkers of chilled beverages. Liquors and mixers poured down the ice-formed spouts will chill and combine, emerging at the end of their frozen journey as new liquids. When ordering, Groupon holders can choose between two options: the Party luge or the Suck It Up luge. The Party luge combines simplicity and elegance, with two entrances and two exits, each connected by a long trough, giving all poured ingredients plenty of time to learn one another's middle names. Those who value complexity will appreciate the Suck It Up: three pour areas with chutes running through solid ice down to a trough on the bottom, from which mixed drinks may be sucked up through a straw. Whichever luge is chosen, Nadeau will bag and box the ice for convenient pickup and transport and will include a drainage tray for mess-free ice amusement.
Customers enjoy VB to Go’s classic Italian-American entrées in the comfort of their own domiciles, nestled next to sides of salad, steak fries, and bread that come standard. The giambotta is a mélange of sausage, black olives, and an Italian grandmother's garden's worth of veggies bathing in a light tomato sauce ($11.95), and battered slices of eggplant parmigian arrive draped in mozzarella ($10.50). Sixteen-inch specialty pizzas house hearty portions of toppings, with Windy City classics such as italian beef, giardiniera, and mirrored shavings of the Bean ($17.75). Pasta dishes swathe savory aliments such as the ricotta and spinach that meld inside stuffed shells ($9.25) or the shrimp and spicy tomato sauce that accent the capricciosa ($12.95).
For some, the word "barbecue" brings thoughts of burgers and hot dogs blackening on a backyard grill. But Kostas Antypas and Lukas Pulos?the Greek?born owner and chef, respectively, at Zagat-reviewed Smoked on Rose?are out to show diners a broader, more delicious world of barbecue. They honor all-American traditions by smoking brisket, ribs, and pork shoulder over fragrant wood chips, creating what one Franklin Park Herald-Journal writer described as "a simple celebration of hickory flavor," and also present the flavors of the Greek Islands in elegant dishes such as roasted suckling pig and tender broiled octopus. At times, Grecian and American flavors come together in harmony; take the pulled-pork pita, for instance, with creamy tzatsiki sauce to balance its smoky notes. Some of the most popular menu items include smoked ribs, brisket, pork, chicken, baby suckling pig, broiled lamb chops, fresh Greek fish sides, and the appetizers. Smoke-inspired art and hardwood floors set a casually refined scene in which to feast, and cocktails from a full bar satisfy the craving for a cold drink.