Amidst the dining room, Honey's Home Cookin's staffers wend around tables, delivering platefuls of delicious American style comfort and breakfast food. Away from the bustling dining room, chefs in the kitchen deploy essential ingredients such as eggs, sausages, and pancakes to realize a menu brimming with morning staples. Besides the extensive breakfast menu, they also feature a variety of dishes such as a Texas salad, with slices of roast beef and hard boiled eggs topped with cheese and bacon, and Chef Palanca's signature Filipino pork BBQ. In addition to tackling discerning appetites with barnstorming flavor profiles, Honey's Home Cookin also provides a comfortable and fun enviroment for video gaming.
Al Basha corrals an eye-catching lineup of Mediterranean platters onto its menu and buffet tables, spicing palates with rotisserie-cooked meats adorned with signature seasoning. Kebab spears can lift bites of shrimp, lamb, and filet mignon into mouths or tuck them under fedora brims for later snacking, while sandwiches carry a classic cargo of falafel and shawarma. The staff prepares piping sips of authentic Middle Eastern tea with mint or sage, as well as all-natural smoothies and a daily-dessert selection.
The tortilla-savvy chefs at El Ranchito Express curate classics such as tostadas, tacos, huaraches, and Mexican seafood dishes with catches from shrimp to red snapper. Plates brim with meats, including choices steak, chorizo, and traditional cuts of lengua. Sips such as horchata and Jarritos sodas wash down dinner, and tongues weary from assisting chin-ups can treat themselves to traditional fried desserts and cakes.
Before they're served up on plates or tidy carry-out containers, all of the spiced meats served at Alzain Grill are first embraced by the leaping flames that live beneath their grill. Those spouts of fire sear flavor into the spit-roasted kebabs, whole chickens, and shaved shwarma that characterize the all-Mediterranean menu. The blackened proteins arrive atop beds of spice and vegetable-infused rice.
Of course, the chefs cook more than meat. They prepare many of the Mediterranean Sea's famed vegetarian delicacies as well, such as hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, and falafel sandwiches. They toss diced cucumber and dried mint with a dressing of Greek yogurt to make a unique salad, which also happens to be great for the skin should you happen to fall asleep on your food.
Flashing lights pulsate to thumping beats as smoke rises from a DJ booth framed by projection screens and swaying bodies. Though it may seem like a scene out of a movie, this energetic setting actually takes place seven nights a week at Bobby McGee's. And to keep their lively parties grooving until the wee hours, the South Side staple curates festive party themes, such as a Black Out Fridays and the occasional Hawaiian luau, which boasts an inflatable surfing game and real-life boars wandering through the crowd. Weekend concerts enliven the already convivial mood, as do bag tournaments, live band karaoke, and charity events to support causes such as cancer research.
When not catering to the party crowd, Bobby McGee's transforms the spacious dance area into bar room filled with stools and tables. Diners can dig into half-pound burgers and specialty pizzas topped with buffalo shrimp, and those craving a south-of-the-border meal can turn to the menu's Tex-Mex dishes of buffalo chicken quesadillas and beef nachos. These bar eats can be paired with weekly drink specials, from Old Style beer to shots, or the bar's signature 32-ounce long island drink served in a mason jar.
Bertucci’s Restaurant & Lounge evokes a wilderness retreat with log-cabin-style walls, hardwood floors, and a central fireplace on a bed of stone. Exposed rafters teem with greenery and the rising steam of chicken and veal in authentic Italian preparations, in dynamic sauces such as lemon wine and marsala. The open space mingles cozy ambiance with more than enough space for catered banquets that serve up to 100 people. Seafood fillets such as salmon and halibut insulate pasta draped with garlic, olive oil, and marinara. Patrons can venture outside to sip wine or an espresso drink amid the sprawling verandas of Bertucci’s open-air patio, where a fountain stands in a pool of water and falcons swoop down to snag unattended cannoli.
Set in an unassuming building with a yellow roof and uncluttered decor, U-Pick lets its food do the talking. The heady scents of humus, olive oil, and spices drift around the room while plates piled high with falafel, tender strips of beef, and baba ghanouj make their way to patrons. U-Pick specializes in Mediterranean flavors, and its cooks regularly prepare chicken and beef shawarma and falafel sandwiches, along with the occasional chili-cheese hot dog or cheeseburger.