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Article updated: 1/16/2013 8:50 AM

Dining events: Cafe's new tacos a taste treat

By Sara Hooker

Game-changer tacos
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a new flavor in the form of hot eats -- fish and chicken tacos. Choose grilled tilapia or grilled chicken and top it with Caribbean salsa, mango and pineapple, jicama, red peppers, jalapeno and cilantro, served in a flour tortilla and topped with a chili-lime cilantro spread and lettuce. Now through the end of March, grab two tacos for $4.99 or add a side and soda for $5.99. You also can't go wrong with the new smoothie flavor -- passion fruit.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has locations in Barrington, Arlington Heights, Lincolnshire, Huntley and Chicago. tropicalsmoothiecafe.com.

I Dream's little dream
I Dream of Falafel celebrates an original dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr., with a free four-piece side of falafel for kids ages 12 and younger. From 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on MLK's holiday -- Monday, Jan. 21 -- kids can choose from original, vegetarian or sweet potato falafel. Limit one per child.
I Dream of Falafel, 18W066 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace. idreamoffalafel.com.

Check the chalkboard
The chef has spoken at Pinstripes with new menu items highlighted on a rotating basis. Now through March 6, executive chef Cesar Gutierrez will list his recommended dishes on a chalkboard. Entries may include the White Marble Farm Grilled Pork Chop or barbecue chicken pizza. Beer lovers may take to the Green Line Pale Ale -- a good potential pairing. Or try PB&J Gelato off the kids menu.
Pinstripes has locations in Oakbrook, South Barrington and Northbrook. pinstripes.com.

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