Dining events: Corner Bakery offers free coffee through Dec. 31
Yes, you read that correctly. Corner Bakery is offering a free coffee of any size to diners -- with no strings attached -- now through Dec. 31. The offer is good for in-cafe orders or pickup or delivery orders made online with the code FREECOFFEE.
Corner Bakery has locations in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Geneva, Glenview, Hinsdale, La Grange, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Skokie, Vernon Hills and Warrenville. cornerbakerycafe.com/.
PITA debuts in Lombard
Have a taste for gyros? You're in luck as PITA Mediterranean Street Food is opening its first Illinois location on Friday, Nov. 20, in Lombard. What's even better is that the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is offering a $3 grand opening gyro special from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Nov. 20-25. Or try other options from the made-to-order menu, including street pitas, rice bowls, pita platters (kebabs, shawarma, falafel, gyro, seafood), salads, spreads (hummus, baba ghanoush) and more. Order online or in store for takeout or curbside pickup.
PITA Mediterranean Street Food is at 340 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, (630) 376-6378, pitastreetfood.com/.
Saranello's is now offering Sunday brunch to-go featuring options such as the braised beef short rib eggs Benedict.
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Sunday brunch to-go
Missing brunch with friends? Saranello's is now offering Sunday brunch to-go, which you can share with family and friends during a virtual meetup. The three-course meal, which is $20.95 per person, includes a first course of Saranello's chopped salad, citrus-cured salmon and mini bagels with cream cheese. Next up is a choice of two entrees -- chicken and waffles, braised beef short rib eggs Benedict, vegetable egg skillet or French toast -- plus a side of applewood smoked bacon or sausage links, and crispy Parmesan breakfast potatoes. End on a sweet note with an apple crostada or creme brulee. There's a two-person minimum order. Add the mimosa kit for $25. Orders must be made one hour prior to curbside pickup, available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
Saranello's is at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878, saranellos.com/.
Taste the Rainbow
If you've ever seen a photo of Buddy Valastro's six-layer sprinkle-topped vanilla Rainbow Cake, you'll agree that it's pretty impressive. Now you can order a slice ($10.19) or a whole cake ($75) from a local TGI Fridays to enjoy at home.
TGI Fridays has locations in Aurora, Batavia, Bloomingdale, Gurnee, Rosemont, Schaumburg and more. tgifridays.com/.
Buddy Valastro's Carlo's Bakery Rainbow Cake is now available by the slice or whole cake at TGI Fridays locations.
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Feeling nostalgic? For a limited time, Steak 'n Shake will be mixing up two holiday shakes -- the Egg Nog (blended with egg nog syrup and topped with whipped cream, a cherry and nutmeg) and the Peppermint Chocolate Chip (mixed with peppermint syrup, chocolate and peppermint candy and garnished with whipped cream, peppermint and a cherry). Both shakes are $4.49 each. From 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the shakes are half price.
Steak 'n Shake has locations across the suburbs. steaknshake.com/.
The Peppermint Chocolate Chip and Egg Nog shakes are back for a limited time at Steak 'n Shake.
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Hot & Spicy
Warm up with Martini Room's new Hot & Spicy martini flight to-go. Flavors include Red Hot (raspberry vodka, Goldschlager cinnamon liqueur, strawberry puree, crème de cassis and cranberry juice), Purple Rain (Herrington Geneva's gin, crème de violette liqueur, lemon juice, raspberry puree, grapefruit juice and a champagne float), Holiday Sauce (Redemption bourbon, blackberry puree, raspberry liqueur, amaretto, pomegranate juice, angostura bitters and an orange twist garnish) and Pumpkin Pie (Skyy vanilla vodka, Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie liqueur, vanilla syrup, butterscotch schnapps and a graham cracker rim garnish). Each $37 kit includes four jars with two mini martinis each. The price includes a $6 jar deposit -- feel free to keep them or bring them back to receive a $6 refund voucher on your next flight order. Curbside pickup hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Orders can be taken over the phone or at toasttab.com/.
Martini Room is at 161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349.
Whiskey Advent Calendar
Count down to Christmas this year with Niche's Whiskey Advent Calendar. Each premade calendar includes 24 different 1-ounce whiskey samples from 70 options that include single barrels, rare whiskeys and more, such as Pappy Van Winkle 20 year, Buffalo Trace Kosher Wheat, Johnny Drum Private Stock, Weller Special Reserve, High West Yippee Ki Yay, Whistle Pig 18 year, Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 123.2 and many more. Order the $225 calendar between 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 17-21, with pickup from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 22-23. Supplies are limited.
Niche is at 14 S. Third St., Geneva, (630) 262-1000, nichegeneva.com/.
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