Gino's East's still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae’s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings—from sausage and pepperoni to jalapeños and canadian bacon. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don’t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.
Danny’s Cafe warmly serves what co-owner Carl Dote described as “Italian peasant food” on Danny’s Check, Please! feature. Their cooking aims to comfort, from generously stuffed artichokes to their signature fried-meatball sub. The hefty sandwich, highlighted on WGN, comes to fruition after staff members hand-form fresh meatball mix into patties and pile on fried peppers. Co-owner and chef Paula Dote told ABC’s “Hungry Hound” that when she and her husband bought the restaurant, she wanted to make exactly what she made at home, and indeed, she uses recipes from her mother and mother-in-law in all of her cooking and homemade volcano experiments. She ladles vodka sauce and crumbled sausage over homemade rigatoni, and layers provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta in the four-cheese lasagna. Pork neck bones, one of Danny's more unique dishes, are served twice a week and praised by Hungry Hound for the tender meatiness resulting from hours spent simmering in spiced tomatoes. The eatery has also spawned relatives—appropriately named “Cuzzin’s Cafe”—that serve similar dishes in Des Plaines and Orland Park.
Against the backdrop of seaside murals, Casa Margarita's indoor waterfalls and bubbling fountains transport diners to the shores of Cabo San Lucas. The restaurant, which has been in business for 18 years, features festive decor, live plants, a cacophony of colors, and authentic arches. Cooks tantalize tongues with plates full of authentic Mexican eats, such as carne asada, shrimp fajitas, and enchiladas, though, the star of this eatery is their margaritas. They come in a variety of experimental flavors, including mango, raspberry, and peach, or in the traditional style of lime juice and tequila on the rocks—a phrase that was first coined by cavemen mixologists.
The staff at Jean Therapy outfits women in denim from renowned brands such as Hudson, Miss Me, and Seven for All Mankind. The denim, which envelops bottom halves or fashion-forward arms size 0–12, is often stylized with touches such as patterns or embellished pockets. Denim gurus work to help patrons find the right type of fit for the right type of person. Shoppers can build complete ensembles with the boutique's selection of patterned tops and colorful jewelry.
It's Greek To Me's expansive menu mixes fresh-made Greek fare with American favorites in dishes such as burgers, lamb chops, and pita sandwiches. In a spacious dining room, parties chew on classics such as spanakopita ($9.95), a blend of spinach and feta in the flaky embrace of phyllo dough. Five lamb chops ($22.95) marinate in a Grecian cocktail of olive oil, oregano, lemon juice, and pepper before acquiring charbroiled tattoos, and pork or chicken souvlaki ($9.95) declares its proud flavors and latent passion for dance atop wooden skewers. Diners can savor the bounty of cultural fusion with a half-pound Angus-beef Opa burger ($9.95) strewn with gyro meat and feta nuggets. Wine by the glass or bottle and domestic and import beers are also available. Desserts, authentically stolen from the divine pantries of Mount Olympus, end meals with sugary codas of honey-drenched baklava ($4.50).