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posted: 10/29/2013 11:30 AM

Dining events: South Elgin's Sweet Berry a new brunch option

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  • Dig in to one of the many breakfast offerings at the recently opened Sweet Berry Cafe in South Elgin.

    Dig in to one of the many breakfast offerings at the recently opened Sweet Berry Cafe in South Elgin.
    Courtesy of Sweet Berry Cafe

  • Q-BBQ servesThanksgiving dinner on a bun.

    Q-BBQ servesThanksgiving dinner on a bun.
    Courtesy of Q-BBQ


Introducing Sweet Berry Cafe
Life is sweet at Sweet Berry Cafe, says owner Dan Mataragas. Mataragas opened the restaurant earlier this year with made-to-order breakfast and lunch options, including benedicts, omelets, pancakes, crepes, paninis, wraps and salads, as well as fresh soups made daily. The cafe also offers vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Sweet Berry Cafe is located at 720 N. McLean Blvd.., South Elgin. (224) 238-3057 or

Thanksgiving on a bun
Have your Thanksgiving dinner this year on a bun with Q-BBQ's new specialty sandwich. Available through the holidays, the sandwich piles smoked turkey, homemade cornbread stuffing and cranberry mustard sauce on a brioche bun with one side and Q-pups for $10.99.
Q-BBQ has locations in Naperville and LaGrange.

Barbakoa now open
Paellas made in a wood grill, Peruvian-style ceviche and specialty tacos with homemade tortillas -- including the Barbakoa short rib taco, short ribs braised for six hours in a blend of ancho, guajillo and pasilla chilies from Oaxaca, Mexico, and tenderized by using cactus pulque, for $12. The bar includes more than 100 tequilas and sangria made with homemade bitters. Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Barbakoa is located at 1431 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. (630) 852-2333.

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