The Coffee House’s cozy confines radiate with the aromas of freshly brewed coffees and teas, encouraging noses and the mouths living below them to stick around for a satiating sipping session. Settle into a comfy fireside chair to surf the web while enjoying one of many brewable brews, including the "house" latte, which is blended with vanilla syrup, Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces, and whipped cream ($3.25–$4.15). Or try the dirty chai, a sweet chai latte made deliciously corrupt by a shot of espresso and his penchant for staying up all night ($3.75–$4.55). Practicing percolators can select a bag of beans or a sack of leaves for home brewing from the bulk coffee and tea menu, which includes exotic teas such as Moroccan mint and organic coffees such as the ambrosial Costa Rican, which blends hints of spice and nutty nuances before taking a balanced stand on the palate. The Coffee House also serves a full menu of café edibles, such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and smoothies, sure to rev up any eating engine.
Although Nonie's serves up a smorgasbord of internationally inspired eats, ranging from mediterranean chicken to italian sausages, Windy City cuisine is the most prominent. The menu features Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs, gyros, and italian-beef sandwiches. Both traditional and deep-dish pizzas emerge from the oven sprinkled with various toppings, such as roasted artichokes, scrambled eggs, and homemade kifta kabob meat. Portions are large, so customers should come with an appetite or a sweater with lots of empty pockets.
Fazoli's serves hearty Italian dishes such as oven-baked pastas, sub sandwiches, and pizzas. Dig into a baked penne with either chicken, broccoli, and alfredo sauce or marinara and meat sauces and mozzarella. A meatball smasher or turkey club italiano makes the perfect handheld meal while lighter options such as ravioli and salad bowls include taste buds with fewer calories.
Third Street Grille, located within the Holiday Inn, treats its guests to elegant dinners and lunches of half-pound burgers on toasted brioche buns, grilled Atlantic salmon, and crisp, fresh salads. A large central fireplace warms up diners in the winter, making for a cozy backdrop to meals of Jamaican tacos, filet mignon, and blackened salmon made from local ingredients.
Over the searing hot coals of a traditional clay oven, skewered cubes of meat and veggies retain a tender interior while the heat imbues each morsel with a smoky crust. Discs of dough, pressed against the tandoori's walls, bubble and rise, baking into the fluffy Indian bread known as naan.
At Curry Kitchen, the family of chefs crafts flavorful, aromatic dishes in this traditional fashion, from tandoori-baked shrimp and chicken to fresh-pressed cheeses and crispy pakoras. During buffet hours, diners can build their own meals from a spread of locally sourced, from-scratch entrees and garnishes.
Balancing on its hind legs, a polar bear stares intently outward, unaware of the grizzly rearing up behind it. This is the taxidermy trophy room at Whitlow's Forerunner, where heavy forks subdue similarly ravenous appetites in the adjacent dining room. Sirloin steak is paired with eggs at breakfast, or a juicy porterhouse arrives with a baked potato and greens from the salad bar, both of which accompany all of Whitlow's Forerunner’s dinners. American staples such as griddlecakes and patty-melt portraits of President William Howard Taft fill out the menu, but the kitchen's surprise specialty is seafood. The chefs casts a wide net, reeling in perch, rainbow trout, and even frog legs, which are among the marine delicacies deemed tasty enough for their all-you-can-eat dinners.