Friday, June 5, 2009

Dining Deals: Birch River Grill, Dine, Glen Prairie and Karma

Looking to spend $20 or less on a meal or drinks this weekend, June 5 through June 7? Visit one of these restaurants for a great deal.

Birch River Grill
75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.
(847) 427-4242

Birch River Grill is offering a prix-fixe meal for dinner this weekend, June 5 through June 7. Enjoy an appetizer, entrée and dessert for only $20.

For an appetizer choose from the BRG Salad, baby greens, shredded Michigan carrots, beefsteak tomato wedges and seedless cucumber slices; Granny Apple Onion Soup, paprika parmesan croutons, Wisconsin Swiss and provolone cheese; or the Soup of the Day.

Try out one of these entrées, like the Grilled and Blackened Pork Medallions, Wisconsin white cheddar cheese grits, steamed broccolini and chipotle rémoulade sauce; Portobello Mushroom Ravioli, lemon garlic cream, shaved parmesan and julienne scallions; or the Roasted Tom Turkey Breast, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, green beans and sage pan gravy.

Cool off with Berry Sorbet, served with fresh berries, for dessert.

Birch River Grill serves rustic American gourmet comfort food. Weekend hours for the restaurant are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge stays open one hour later. All major credit cards are accepted. Complimentary parking is available. For reservations or more information, please contact Birch River Grill at (847) 427-4242.

733 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
(312) 602-2100

This summer, join Dine for some drinks out on the patio. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. try a refreshing drink for $7 to $9.

Sip on the Tropicana, a fruity breeze with banana liquor, vodka and rum topped with pineapple juice, garnished with a sugared pineapple slice; Sunburn, an unbeatable refreshing cocktail with Grey Goose Pear, Pama and champagne, topped with cranberry juice, garnished with a cherry and lemon twist; Tangerita, a twist on the classic margarita with tequila, lime juice, triple sec and orange juice, garnished with an orange wedge; or the Mojito, the minty cool classic with rum, club soda, mint leaves, lime and sugar.

Check out the martini madness and try the Strawberry Lemonade, a vibrant concoction with Bacardi Limon, Strawberry Pucker and lemonade; Summer love, refreshing melon menagerie of Grey Goose Citron, Melon Pucker and sour mix, topped with a cherry; Blueberry Hill, Stoli Blueberi, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and white cranberry juice, garnished with blueberry and lemon twist; or the Purple People Eater, a berry-licious brew with Bacardi Dragonberry, Chambord, and Blue Curacao, topped with cranberry juice and lime twist.

Dine is a 1940's inspired retro supper club and martini bar that serves American classics revived with a contemporary flair. Dine is open Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The martini lounge hours are noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Glen Prairie
1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Taste seasonal, local fare at Glen Prairie and enjoy a prix-fixe meal, prepared with locally grown, fresh ingredients. For the entire month of June, stop in for an appetizer, entrée and dessert for just $20 after 5 p.m. everyday.

Begin with the Farmer’s Garden Salad, baby greens, grilled sweet corn, green onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and champagne-cider vinaigrette for your appetizer.

For the main course, choose the Miller Farms Herb Marinated Roasted Half Chicken, grilled market vegetables and roasted fingerling potatoes; or the House-Made Spaghetti, summer squash, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and pepato cheese.

Finish up with the Daily Sorbet for dessert.

Glen Prairie serves contemporary American cuisine, with a strong emphasis on local Midwest flavors and products. Glen Prairie is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge remains open one hour later than the restaurant each day. For more details, contact the restaurant at (630) 613-1250 or

510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, Ill.;

Throughout the entire month of June, enjoy Karma’s weekend dinner special for just $20. The prix-fixe meal includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

For the appetizer, pick from either the Miso Soup, tofu, sautéed shitake mushrooms, scallions and roasted nori; or the Karma House Salad, crisp lettuce, napa cabbage, cucumber, daikon and carrot ginger dressing.

Choose an entrée such as the Thai Chili Beef, stir fried spiced beef tenderloin with Chinese noodles and baby bok choy, in mirin-miso beef broth (may be substituted for shrimp or chicken; Seared Breast of Peking Duck, duck confit moo shu crepe with raspberry and Thai sauce; or the Asian BBQ Salmon, forbidden rice, sweet potato crisps, wok tossed spinach, napa cabbage and shitake mushroom.

Enjoy Sorbet or Ice Cream for dessert.
Karma is a sophisticated restaurant with a zen-laced atmosphere that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. Weekend dinner hours for Karma are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge stays open one extra hour each night. Karma is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Chicago North Shore at 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, Ill. 60060. For reservations, call Karma at (847) 970-6900.

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