The stomach, like the brain, operates smoothest when it's exposed to building blocks contained in protein-laden meats, carb-rich pastas, and windmill Lego kits. Enhance your brain and its next feast with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of hearty fare at Alfie's Inn in Glen Ellyn.
Backed by 40 years of tempting traditions, Alfie's Inn stays true to its medieval theme by boasting meat-laden platters and a slew of king-pleasing menu items. Culinary cavaliers ground loin burgers daily using premium meat and secret seasonings, laying the flavorsome foundation for grilled-to-order succulence such as the Sir Alfie loin cheeseburger ($6.05) or the jalapeño- and sautéed onion-stacked Amigo burger ($5.75). Heartier entrees include barbecue baby back ribs—a slow-roasted xylophone of barbecue-slathered beef available in half ($8.95) or full slabs ($16.50)—and the 10 oz. USDA choice-cut New York strip steak char-broiled to the customer's unique definition of perfection ($14.95). Alternatively, epicureans interested in exploring bi-terrainism can indulge in the chicken-and-shrimp dish ($9.95), and herbivores hang fangs on olive-speckled greek salads shining proudly with crumbled feta cheese and hard-to-crumble confidence ($4.95).
Alfie's Inn takes its name from the 1966 film in which Michael Caine plays a carefree playboy. In contrast to this flippant character, the chefs at Alfie’s Inn work with military precision, particularly when it comes to their signature burger. After whipping up a top-secret in-house seasoning, they grind burger meat and treat it for precisely one minute and 10 seconds—any longer and patties become mushy; any shorter and they toughen. Fried and mounded with grilled onions or blue-cheese crumbles, the end result is an epic burger that has earned praise on WGN’s Chicago’s Best.
Though known for its burger, the eatery also boasts impressively sized portions of baby back ribs, new york strip steaks, and surf ‘n’ turf dishes. Diners feast on meals amid the restaurant’s medieval decor, complete with suits of armor and a roaring indoor fireplace. Kids also walk away bearing trinkets including balloons, lollipops, and a little Magna Carta that emancipates them from their parents.