With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
Big Fish Bar & Grille's owner lures diners with seafood specialties made from fresh fish, which fill the lunch menu and dinner menu. Begin comestible voyages by knocking back an order of oysters Rockefeller ($14) while basking in the waterfront restaurant's vistas. A golden crab cake, cloaked in seasoned breadcrumbs like a baker playing hide and seek, rests on the Crabby Patty sandwich with Old Bay–sprinkled fries ($11). The Louisiana mac 'n' cheese, a pool of rigatoni noodles swimming amongst waves of a four-cheese sauce, buoys Cajun chicken and andouille sausage ($13). Big Fish wraps up the docket of edibles with a variety of jambalayas, steaks, and chops.
Katie O'Connor's churns out a medley of American pub grub alongside traditional Irish staples on a menu that harmonizes with beers and libations from the full bar. Pub wings by the pound weigh in with six flavors from savory roasted-chipotle-garlic to sweet mango-habañero ($6–$21.75). Flat-screen televisions mounted on exposed brick walls rev diners for sports games and a round of bangers and mash, a customary dish that beds pork sausage in a pillow of gravy-slathered mashed potatoes ($10.45). Sate further Irish inclinations without smooching the Blarney Stone by canoodling with a reuben boxty that nestles lean corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing inside a traditional irish potato pancake ($7.50). A new york cheesecake with or without strawberry sauce ($4.95) provokes post-dinner chatter about whether the dessert technically classifies as a pie, a cake, or a pizza.
Open for 28 years and voted Chicagoland's Best Pizza by AM670 The Score listeners, and Best Beer Garden by the the Southland Star, the items on the Durbin’s menu vary by location, but all of its kitchens prepare hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and barbecue. Patch.com has also dished about how wood embers infuse ribs and chicken with smoky flavors as USDA Black Angus steaks are plated alongside sautéed mushrooms and homemade coleslaw. Fresh donut holes are also made in-house and stacked on ice cream sundaes topped with a single red cherry that resembles the setting sun resting on a pillow of vanilla-flavored clouds.
At TomKelly's Chophouse and Pub, an emblazoned cloverleaf over the door may grant Irish luck to all who enter, but it’s the menu of Irish-inspired pub fare that leaves eyes (and stomachs) smiling. Emerald Isle dishes of corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie join American counterparts including pizzas bedecked with buffalo chicken and po boys topped with prime rib, grilled onions, and mozzarella cheese.
While devouring Irish eats, guests can take in sporting events from 14 plasma TVs or tap their forks to the rhythms of live DJs, who tend to put on better parties than dead DJs.
Curating their comedy showcases with the passion of football draft scouts, the team of ComedyComedy has filled many a bill with touring national headliners and prime up-and-comers for more than 20 years. Having populated popular Chicagoland venues such as Walter Payton's Roundhouse and The Funny Bone with sturdy standup lineups, ComedyComedy has now moved its laugh caravan to the Tap House Grill, where buffets of handcrafted brews and a full menu of savory pub fare complement servings of laughter. Some Tap House menu items are available during shows, as well as drinks.