The River Grove Sheffield's serves up much of the same menu as its Chicago brethren. Enjoy spacious indoor or outdoor seating as you edibly encounter a full slab of barbecue ribs ($18.95). Other entrees include beer-battered fish and chips ($12.95) and barbecue spaghetti ($10.95), served with choice of smoked chicken, pulled pork, or brisket. Or munch on a barbecue platter, including smoked sausage ($9.95), smoked chicken ($9.95), or the combo platter ($16.95), with a choice of any two of Sheffield's barbecue options. In addition to ample parking, delivery, and HDTV-viewing options, the River Grove location also offers live entertainment on weekends—ideal for locals who have just realized that their television is a fish tank.
There may have been a time when Gene & Jude?s? fame was limited solely to Chicagoans, but in the seventh decade of this iconic hot dog stand?s existence, it appears the secret had been let out. In 2006, Gene & Jude?s was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. In 2011, the magazine Every Day with Rachel Ray named it the best hot dog stand in the country. But those in the know have been lining up for a juicy Chicago-style hot dog topped with mustard, onion, relish, sport peppers, and crispy fresh-cut fries?Gene & Jude?s? own special touch?since 1946. The no-nonsense hot dog stand has no seating, just a few wall-mounted counters where customers can stand, although diners will be tempted to devour their food before they walk away from the register. And of course, standing by the traditions that have made them famous, they refuse to serve ketchup.
Just over two decades ago, three brothers had an idea. They wanted to open a restaurant where you could get a home-style meal without dirtying your own kitchen—a place where kids, adults, and seniors would all feel welcome to unwind. They opened Elmwood Family Restaurant based on these ideals and have been striving to uphold them ever since. The chefs plate up classic diner and supper club fare from breakfast to dinner, and the bartenders pour beers, wines, and old-fashioned cocktails alike. Most of the sandwiches and entrees come with a complimentary bowl of soup, which is perfect for warming up on a cold day or filling water balloons in the summer.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Pescatore means “Italian fisherman,” according to Vito Barbanente, Pescatore Palace's owner and chef. He lives far from any sea and seldom pulls anything out of saltwater, but having spent his life transforming catch into cuisine, he might well have earned an honorary place among the ranks of said seafarers. In his signature dish, he tops market-fresh fish of the day with a grilled medley of octopus, calamari, cuttlefish, and shrimp. He also harvests land ingredients, rounding out his seafood-rich menu with veal chops, housemade gnocchi, and metal forks instead of tridents.