Beyond crisp falafel, creamy baba ghanoush, and other familiar Mediterranean snacks, Sahara Restaurant & Grill offers dishes that may surprise the palate or astonish a newbie fork. That's because the restaurant specializes in Chaldean cuisine, which traces its roots back to ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia. Saad Attisha and his family opened the restaurant in1982, and ever since, they've been serving up specialties such as chopped salads with fresh mint, savory lamb tashreeb, and tender charbroiled quail. "The delicious meal never stopped impressing, and is highly recommended as a must-stop," wrote one Spero News contributor after dining at the restaurant's Oak Park location.
Named for 2009 World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, Cada's Poker & Sports Grill fuels patrons with classic pub fare as they face-off in Texas hold'em and Omaha poker tournaments. Servers ferry trays of half-pound burgers and piping-hot pizzas to diners watching pay-per-view UFC fights on more than two dozen high-definition TVs. Six blackjack tables host amiable requests of "hit me," and 10 poker tables facilitate $4,500-pot, no-limit hold'em tournaments on the first Saturday of each month. Joe Cada occasionally stops in to play tournaments, giving poker-playing patrons the chance to put their hands to the test or challenge his geometry skills at the bar's free pool tables.
Anecdotes about Wellington Chophouse vary greatly, depending on the person you ask. Gastronomes probably will talk about thick, hefty steaks, plates of succulent beef wellington, and cold mugs of English beers, while sports fans will most likely excitedly describe its 17 flat-screen televisions. Party lovers will regale listeners with tales of their nightly karaoke and DJ dance parties, while music buffs will speak of a stage that hosts live music from local musicians and sung recitations of the weekly specials from waiters who lost a bet. No matter what camp patrons fall into, they'll find something to appreciate at the elegant, wood-paneled eatery.
In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops snap sizzling drumrolls over the stove. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and garlic sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with Thai peppers hotter than a fully-suited astronaut in a sauna. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet-and-sour sauce.
The Pantry has been named one of CityVoter's top five Best Breakfast destinations several years in a row. The family-owned and operated restaurant serves up an extensive menu of fast-breaking fare to morning-dwellers, with its selection of eggs, waffles, fruit-filled crepes, and pancakes sure to please even the most discerning daylight diner. Start a morning of marathon mopeding with the house specialty baked apple pancakes ($7.75), a deep dish pizza-esque concoction of fresh apples with a cinnamon glaze, or satisfy a craving for savory flavors with a serving of the country fried steak and eggs ($8.05). The Belgium waffles are offered in several fruit-based dessert disguises, such as a strawberry & whipped cream-topped variation ($7.60) or blended with anger-subduing crumbled bacon ($5.95), while griddle pancakes, such as the sweet potato pancakes ($6.05) and three pigs in a blanket ($5.70), which supers up link sausage with a pancake cape, promise to please ultimate Frisbee players en route to the throwing caverns. The Pantry also serves lunch.
Gourmet Everyday woos those courting more nutritious, low-fat foods by delivering multiple foodie-friendly meals cooked by talented chefs and certified healthy by the staff's nutritionist, doctor, and Veggienius, the Roman god of riboflavin. With this deal, nutrient-seekers will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks and dessert for two days, from an eclectic, rotating menu. Recent selections have included sun-dried tomato and basil quiche, a salmon caesar salad, and savory flank steak with a horseradish sauce. Cap off a full day's worth of tasty eats with dessert, such as the recently featured cinnamon-spiced mousse or chocolate cheesecake, ideal for sticking with candles to celebrate selling your potato chips to your roommate. The service's fresh, preservative-free meals land on doorsteps inside an insulated cooler, so feasters-to-be can be off on a dream quest when it's delivered.