Greek restaurant opens in St. Charles
A new Greek and Mediterranean restaurant opened its doors this week in St. Charles: Limani Port of Greece. Limani's signature dishes include starters like saganaki, calamari and flame-broiled octopus; main courses like rack of lamb, salmon, white fish, red snapper and Greek chicken -- a half chicken marinated in extra-virgin olive oil with lemon and a touch of garlic and then grilled. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Limani Port of Greece, 37555 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 443-6600 or limaniportofgreece.com.
Allagash beer dinner
Niche matches up some of its signature dishes with Allagash Brewing Company's traditional and Belgian-style beers for a beer dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. Niche's sommelier Vince Balistreri will lead a beer tasting and talk about the Portland, Maine-based brews, including its very rare ale, The FV 13 Wild Sour Ale. Food pairings include orange chicken, cantaloupe salad, hanger steak and coconut cake. $65 per person. Reservations required.
Niche Restaurant, 14 S. Third St., Geneva. (630) 262-1000 or nichegeneva.com.
Prairie Grass Cafe reveres national mushroom month with a long list of dishes that use button, portobello and shiitake organic mushrooms. Some items are mushroom soup ($5.50), sauteed button mushrooms in a red-wine sauce as a steak side ($6) and ahi tuna with seared baby bok choy, shiitakes and spicy sesame soy sauce ($32).
Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook. (847) 205-4433 or prairiegrasscafe.com.