American fare is characterized by its heartiness, its diversity of ethnic influences, and its refusal to get excited about soccer. Nosh on national favorites with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Elmer's Doghouse, located in Montgomery and North Aurora. The North Aurora location was previously called Mike's Place.
Juicy burgers, savory pizzas, and fish fries tickle taste buds at Elmer's Doghouse, a family-friendly neighborhood eatery that sports a menu brimming with classic American fare. Deep-fried Atlantic cod, complimented by coleslaw and french fries, surfs flavor waves into awaiting mouth caverns (two-piece meal: $9.95, three-piece meal: $10.95), while the veggie pizza (12", $12.75) showcases a jungle of toppings—olives, green peppers, and mushrooms—more dense than a Dostoyevsky novel bound in lead. Sip a frosty beverage from the full bar before savoring the sizzle of the hand-packed Tavern burger, a tantalizing patty ornamented with crispy bacon, grilled onions, and swiss cheese and nestled against a side of fries or potato salad ($7.45).
Open since 1945, Elmer's Doghouse has been a haven for generations of diners looking for cold brews, hot meals, and a set of familiar faces to enjoy them with. At this casual neighborhood spot, the kitchen staff still dishes out burgers, pizzas, and steak dinners lit by the neon glow of beer signs. On Monday nights, these meals emerge amid the tuneful clatter of the bar’s acoustic open mic, refueling audiences and musicians alike. Other musical entertainments include karaoke nights and live bands, who often coax diners into dancing or just giving them a bite of their food.