Monday, March 16, 2015

Great Suggestions for Celebrating St. Patrick's Day Around Chicagoland Tomorrow

While the parade is over and the Chicago river is no longer green, many Chicagoans will be enjoying St. Patrick's day on its official day, tomorrow. Here are a few suggestions on where you can enjoy a special St. Patrick's day meal.
 
 
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Prairie Grass Cafe to serve traditional St. Patrick's Day fare
Corned Beef 300 pixels w borderThis year, Prairie Grass Cafe, located at 601 N. Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook, IL (847-205-4433), keeps its delicious annual St. Patrick's Day tradition alive. On Tuesday, March 17, the Poached Eggs and Corned Beef Hash also will be served, along with expertly prepared traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage, served with house-baked Soda Bread ($21). Don't forget to order your Guinness on tap to accompany the feast. The regular menu also will be available on these days.
Prairie Grass Café also has some new specialty cocktails to enjoy this spring. The Blazing Cadillac Margarita ($11) features Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, citrus habanero syrup, pink salt and sugar rim. The Lakeshore Martini ($13) is prepared with Grey Goose vodka, shaken and served extra cold with blue cheese olives, and the 1845 Martini ($13) is made with Ketel One vodka, orange, grapefruit, St. Germain and orange bitters. 
About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit prairiegrasscafe.com.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Prairie Grass Cafe Photo courtesy of Northbrook Tower

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Celebrate an Authentic Southern St. Patrick's Day Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20, at Luella's Southern Kitchen
Dublin Lawyer KCI_5069 300 pixels w border.jpgWhen most of us think of St. Patrick's Day, visions of traditional Irish food and drink are what come to mind. But leave your preconceived notions about St. Patrick's Day behind, because history tells us that a large number of Irish immigrants found their way to the Southern states, where they had significant influence over the culture and the food.
 
That's why Luella's Southern Kitchen (4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square; 773-961-8196; www.luellassouthernkitchen.com), one of Chicago's hottest new restaurants, is going to celebrate St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 with some delicious and authentic Irish-based Southern dishes. Dublin's Lawyer ($18) is an Irish lobster stew with Creole seasoned lobster, roasted mushrooms, Carolina Gold rice and whiskey cream that has become a traditional Darnell Reed 2 330 pixels w border.jpgSouthern favorite. Chef/Owner Darnell Reed also will prepare a savory Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Braised Ham Hock ($6). For dessert, you'll enjoy the luscious Calas, Southern rice beignet served with Irish oatmeal cookie ice cream ($5). The regular dinner menu also will be available.
So on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, bring your favorite Irish whiskey or craft beer to Luella's (Luella's is BYOB) and enjoy a spectacular Southern Irish celebration with outstanding and unique taste treats.
 
About Luella's Southern Kitchen
Luella's Southern Kitchen, located at 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago's Lincoln Square, is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. The restaurant opened February 3, 2015. Luella's serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella's is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. For more information, call the restaurant at (773) 961-8196 or visit the website at www.luellassouthernkitchen.com.

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Maxwell's at the Club Serves Up the Luck of the Irish with a Delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage with all the Fixings on St. Patrick's Day
 
Maxwells room shot 300 pixels w borderMaxwell's at the Club, located in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago (telephone: 312-527-5800, ext. 301), is always open to the public. St. Patrick's Day is a great time to check out this highly praised contemporary American restaurant, which is one of River North's best neighborhood spots. Headed by Maxwell's Executive Sous Chef Richard Hall, on Tuesday, March 17 Maxwell's kitchen will serve delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage with steamed potatoes and carrots and creamy horseradish sauce ($18). Don't forget to enjoy the Guinness and Harp Beer ($5.75).

Maxwell's, which is open for lunch weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., serves a wide menu of impeccably prepared dishes, from delicious appetizers and small plates to pizza, sandwiches, homemade soups and wonderfully presented entrees, produced with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Many dishes are heart healthy and/or gluten free. The adjacent bar and lounge, which opens at 11:30 a.m., is a high-spirited gathering place featuring live music Tuesday through Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. A bountiful Sunday Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. every Sunday.

About Maxwell's at the Club
Maxwell's at the Club, always open to the public, is located in Chicago's East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800, Ext. 301). It is open weekdays for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for dinner. The bar/lounge area is open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Maxwell's serves brunch every Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Valet parking is available across the street. For more information, please visit http://www.maxwellsattheclub.com.
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