Friday, May 29, 2009

Dining Deals: Birch River Grill, Glen Prairie and Karma

Looking for dining deals? Celebrate the weekend and choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert to indulge in from one of these three restaurants.

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

This weekend, May 29 through May 31, Birch River Grill is offering a three-course meal in addition to the regular menu after 5 p.m. Create your own prix-fixe meal for only $20.

Begin your meal with your choice of an appetizer 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.

For your entrée, choose from Creole Mustard & Honey Glazed Salmon, lentil vegetable ragout and herb broth; Seared Flattened Chicken Breast; garlic and herb marinated chicken breast, arugula slaw and roasted chicken jus; or the Cajun Chicken Pasta, diced blackened chicken breast, andouille sausage and Diablo tomato pepper sauce.

Wrap up your meal with Sorbet, served with fresh berries.

Don’t forget, Birch River Grill has a great space for private dining events. Perfect for graduations, birthdays and showers!

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.

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

This is your last chance to enjoy Glen Prairie’s May specials which include a $20 three-course meal featuring a choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert in addition to their regular menu after 5 p.m. This special is only available this weekend, May 29 through May 31.

For an appetizer, choose from a Farmers Garden Salad, baby greens, grilled sweet corn, green onions, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers with champagne-cider vinaigrette dressing; Caramelized Bermuda Onion Soup, with herbed croutons and Laack Brothers Swiss & Gruyere cheese; or Organic Tomato Gazpacho Soup, with cucumber, crème Fraiche and croutons.

For the entrée, choose either Grilled Duroc Pork Tenderloin, with caramelized fig and port sauce, Minnesota wild rice and baby vegetables; House Made Spaghetti, with summer squash, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and Peppato cheese; or Spiced Grilled Missouri Catfish, with sweet peas, roasted fingerling potatoes with a rémoulade sauce.

Top it all off with your choice of the Daily Sorbets, served with fresh berries.

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.;

Join Karma this weekend, May 29 through May 31 and enjoy a $20 prix-fixe three-course meal for dinner.

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.

For your main course choose from 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.

Finish up your meal with Sorbet or Ice Cream for dessert.

Karma is an elegant and sophisticated restaurant with a zen-laced atmosphere that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. Weekend dinner hours for Karma are 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m.-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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