Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Dining Deals

Birch River Grill
75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.
(847) 427-4242
http://www.birchrivergrill.com/

National Waffle Week
Kick off National Waffle Week with Birch River Grill’s special, the award-winning Wild Game Chili served over a cornmeal Belgium Waffle ($9), offered September 6 – 12 at the rustic American kitchen.

National Chicken Month
Celebrate National Chicken Month during the month of September, when Birch River Grill offers its Fried Chicken on a Sweet Potato Waffle ($13). Don’t forget about Birch River Grill’s recently-launched BRG Bites, eight sandwiches packed with gourmet ingredients. Choose one sandwich for $3, two sandwiches for $6 or three sandwiches for $9. Chicken-focused selections include: Mediterranean Chicken, feta cheese, spinach, kalamata olive tapenade, basil pesto mayo; Cordon Bleu, sliced ham, chicken breast, Swiss cheese; and Buffalo Chicken, bleu cheese, crispy chicken and buffalo sauce. All Bites are served with French fries or sweet potato fries.

Tomato Harvest
Join Birch River Grill for farm-fresh specials crafted by executive chef John Ayaleanos, celebrating the ripe, fresh local tomatoes from Harvest Moon Organic Farms on the south fork of the Bad Axe River in Viroqua, Wisc. These tomato specials are offered in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu September 1 – 7.

For appetizer, try Fried Green Tomatoes, organic arugula, green pepper, cucumber relish, chipotle remoulade and fresh salsa for dipping ($8). The salad includes Heirloom Tomato Stack, west central Wisconsin Mindoro bleu cheese, red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil ($10). The main course features Grilled White Marble Farm Pork Chop, Wisconsin white cheddar cheese grits, black brandy wine pico de gallo and green zebra tomato salsa ($24).

Tomato Harvest continues the following week, with new tomato specials offered in addition to the regular menu September 8 – 14. For the soup, savor the Chilled Yellow Gazpacho Soup with cilantro oil ($6). Next, try the appetizer, Stuffed Heriloom Tomato, stuffed with vegetable cous cous and heirloom tomato coulis ($8). The main course is Grilled Certified Angus Beef Filet of Ribeye, roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, heirloom bullet tomatoes, arugula slaw and tamarind scented balsamic glaze ($24).

About Birch River Grill
Birch River Grill serves rustic American gourmet comfort food. Hours for the restaurant are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 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 or visit http://www.birchrivergrill.com/.
Dine
733 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.
(312) 602-2100
http://www.dinerestaurant.com/

New Autumn Specials
Try Dine’s new and exciting menu selections, available throughout the month of September, with chef William Delby’s new signature dishes, including Thai Beef Salad, a tantalizing mix of fresh green, baby corn, red peppers, snow peas, sprouts and carrots, tossed in a refreshing lemon grass dressing ($9) and The Metro, hearty rye bread smother with creamy chopped liver, crisp lettuce and zesty Russian dressing.

For dinner, try the Midwestern Pan Seared Walleye, fresh walleye fillets seared with a Vermouth butter sauce, partnered with parsnip puree and wilted Swiss chard ($19); Jamaican Rum Pork Tenderloin, seasoned with Jamaican rum rub, signature red beans and rice, and crispy fried plantains ($17); and Shrimp Diablo, mouth watering rock shrimp sautéed with olive oil, fresh garlic, plum tomatoes, fresh basil and spicy red pepper flakes served over a bed of angel hair pasta ($18).

The fall specials also include the delectable dessert, Burkes’ Signature Lost Bread, brioche dipped in custard, fresh berry compote, vanilla crème and banana brulee ($7).

About Dine

Dine, the west loop’s 1940's inspired retro supper club and martini bar, 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. For more information, call (312) 602-2100 or visit http://www.dinerestaurant.com/.

Glen Prairie
1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, Ill.
(630) 613-1250
http://www.glenprairie.com/

September Prix Fixe Menu
For the month of September, Glen Prairie celebrates local, organic food with its September prix fixe menu, a three course meal for just $20 available after 5 p.m. daily for the entire month.

The meal begins with the appetizer, Farmers Salad, baby greens, grilled sweet corn, green onions, fresh tomatoes, cucumber and Champagne-cider vinaigrette. Enjoy one of two entrée options, either the Signature Meatloaf, whipped potatoes, carrots, green beans and mushroom gravy, or Spiced Grilled Missouri Catfish, sweet peas, roasted fingerling potatoes and sauce remoulade. For dessert, refresh with a Choice of Daily Sorbets.

About Glen Prairie
Glen Prairie serves contemporary American cuisine, with a strong emphasis on local Midwest flavors and products. Glen Prairie is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 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 http://www.glenprairie.com.

Karma
510 E. Route 83, Mundelein, Ill.
(847) 970-6900
http://www.karmachicago.com/

Daily Specials
Throughout the month of September, enjoy daily drink and dining deals, along with chef demonstrations.

Monday: $7 Grey Goose la Poire Cosmos and ½ price bottles of wine.
Tuesday: $3 drafts and Wine & Cheese Reception 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.
Wednesday: $5 Bacardi Rum cocktails and Chef Demonstration 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.
Thursday: $3 domestic bottles and ½ price bottles of wine.
Friday: $6 Absolut martinis and 75 cent wings in the lounge.
Saturday: $9 burger and draft beer in the lounge.
Sunday: $3 Bloody Mary and $4 Mimosa.
Every day: $1 off appetizers during Happy Hour from 5 – 6p.m. and $1 off appetizers during Reverse Happy Hour 9 – 10 p.m.

About Karma
Karma is a sophisticated restaurant with a zen-laced atmosphere that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. Dinner hours for Karma are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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 or visit http://www.karmachicago.com/.

Trattoria Isabella
17 N. Jefferson Chicago, Ill. 60661
(312) 207-1900
http://www.trattoriaisabellachicago.com/

Keep an eye out for Trattoria Isabella’s authentic, 12-inch homemade pizzas for lunch and dinner, baked in a brick-oven that comes straight from Italy. These pizzas are currently on the menu, but will be baked in the new oven come the end of August. Taste the difference and try the Margharita, mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil ($10.95); Isabella, bufala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula ($11.95); Pizza alla Paolo, prosciutto di Parma, fresh arugula ($12.95); Pizza Siciliana, cozze, shrimp, calamari, tomato sauce ($13.95 lunch/$14.95 dinner); Quattro Formaggi, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmigiano, Bel Paese ($12.95); Pizza Vegetable, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and asparagus ($11.95); Pizza Genovese, anchovies, mozzarella, tomato sauce and oregano ($12.95); and Pizza alla Mamma, Italian sausage, peppers and capricola ($11.95 lunch/$12.95 dinner).

About Trattoria Isabella
Trattoria Isabella is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; for dinner from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Complimentary Parking is available in the lot at Fulton and Jefferson after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. For reservations at Trattoria Isabella or for more information, please call (312) 207-1900 or visit http://www.trattoriaisabellachicago.com.
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