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.
Wolfies's cooks appease aggressive appetites with a menu of hand-tossed pizzas and subs forged from hearty ingredients. Challenge chompers to vanquish the formidable Junkyard pizza, a cheese-smothered symphony of meats, including pepperoni, ground beef, and bacon, accompanied by an ensemble of green peppers and scat-singing mushrooms ($19.99 for 14"). The Farmer's Market pizza ($17.99 for 14") is a vegetarian utopia where onions, olives, and tomatoes coexist without bickering about the difference between fruit and vegetables. The Wicked Wolf Laker sub's carnivorous creation is composed of a half-pound burger shrouded in roast beef and ham ($7.99) and the Yacht Club sub ($6.99) invites palates aboard a savory vessel crewed by turkey, bacon, and ham. Arrange a virtual meeting of your speed-parcheesi team using Wolfies's free wireless Internet or call ahead to reserve the Side Room, a 20-person seating area replete with a television and DVD and VCR players.
A local fixture since the early 1900s, Old Channel Inn serves up a menu focusing on seafood and American edibles in a rustic lakeside environment. Give pressing hunger matters immediate attention with a starter of clam strips ($7.75), or opt for onion rings ($3.50) clad in delectable fried armor that makes them both inviting to taste buds and impervious to attack by other snacks. Most of the main coursery— including the walleye, which comes lightly breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown ($16.95)—is served with salad and a choice of potato or vegetable. Those more interested in bites of bovine bliss can avail themselves of the prime rib, which is cooked to order and served with au jus ($16.95). Pasta primavera ($11.95) caters to meat-free oral environments, and an assortment of hand-friendly sandwiches, such as a classic reuben ($7.95) or OCI turkey club ($7.95), allows diners to carry on conversations with their silverware uninterrupted.
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.
Fazoli's expeditious culinary team assembles gondolas of oven-baked pastas and sandwiches for a palatable odyssey through comestible canals. Chicken submarinos ferry onions, peppers, provolone, and roasted red pepper toward mouths in bread battleships ($5.99), and the chicken piccata builds a noodle nest for grilled chicken with linguini in creamy marinara sauce, capers, and broccoli ($5.79). Diners can nosh on traditional Italian flavors with a plate of spaghetti in meat sauce or fettuccine alfredo ($5.99). Fazoli's bountiful menu also bursts at the seams with pizzas, fresh salads, and a supply of breadsticks that's as bottomless as a trapdoor in the Oval Office.