Dining out: Memorial Day specials, Potbelly's free shake weekend & more
Like beer? Then you might be interested in Old Town Pour House's and City Works' three new beer-inspired bites, which are only available through Monday, May 27. Options include the Mexican Honey Steak Sandwich ($16) featuring Indeed Mexican Honey-marinated grilled flank steak, pickled beer-battered crispy portobello mushrooms, chimichurri cream cheese, lime dried Roma tomatoes and friseè on a hoagie roll with Indeed Mexican Honey kettle chips; the crispy pork belly ($14) with braised pork belly, cheddar green onion grits, roasted Brussels sprouts and stout maple glaze; and the stout-braised bison sloppy joes ($14) featuring milk stout-braised ground bison, cider mustard, pickled fennel and carrots on a brioche bun.
City Works is at 1850 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 584-2500, cityworksrestaurant.com/schaumburg/. Old Town Pour House is located at 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 448-6020, and 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 601-1440, oldtownpourhouse.com/.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop is gearing up for summer with a cool deal. Make any purchase in shop Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, to get a free short shake. All you have to do is mention "Free Shake Weekend" to the cashier. Sweet!
Potbelly Sandwich Shop has locations throughout the suburbs. potbelly.com/.
Make any purchase at Potbelly Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, to get a free short shake.
- Courtesy of Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Wine lovers -- it's National Wine Day on Saturday, May 25. Lombard's D.O.C Wine Bar is feting the day with $5 rosé during lunch and discounted retail wines. Come back at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for a complimentary wine tasting.
D.O.C Wine Bar is at 326 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 627-6666 or docwinebarchicago.com/.
Memorial Day specials
Beatrix: Monday, May 27, specials include fresh-squeezed juice, light and fluffy lemon pancakes, quinoa cakes with poached eggs and the spicy chicken tinga. Beatrix is at 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 491-1415 or beatrixrestaurants.com/beatrix/oak-brook/.
City Works: Get in on the special Memorial Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 27. Specials include the Stuffed French Toast ($13) filled with Bailey's cream cheese and vanilla bean ice cream battered mixed berry compote; the breakfast sandwich ($14) featuring a green onion cheddar biscuit topped with breakfast sausage, aged cheddar scrambled eggs, habanero hash browns and pico de gallo; the short rib hash ($15) with braised short rib, red and green bell peppers, onions, potatoes, jalapeño salsa verde and sunny side up eggs; and biscuits and gravy ($13) featuring green onion cheddar biscuits, country sausage gravy and sunny side up eggs. City Works is at 1850 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 584-2500, cityworksrestaurant.com/schaumburg/.
Cortland's Garage: Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, expect Memorial Day specials including $4 Miller Lite, $4 Coors Light and $5 Fireball shots. The 90-seat patio with a full outdoor bar will be open, too. It's at 1 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2525 or cortlandsgarage.com/arlington-heights.
Fogo de Chão: On Monday, May 27, all veterans and active-duty personnel will receive 50% off their entire meal. And up to three guests dining with him or her will receive 10% off their meal, too. Fogo de Chão is located at 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville, (630) 955-0022, and 5460 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 678-7200, or fogodechao.com/.
McCormick & Schmick's: On Memorial Day, Gold Star parents and spouses, veterans and active members of the U.S. military and National Guard will receive a complimentary lunch or dinner. Entree options include salmon rigatoni, buttermilk fried shrimp, cedar planked or grilled salmon, blackened chicken fettuccine, Parmesan-crusted chicken, beer-battered fish and chips, classic shrimp scampi, tender beef medallions, Romano chicken chopped salad and McCormick's cheeseburger. Offer is for dine-in only. Military ID is required. Locations are at 5320 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 233-3776, and 3001 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, (630) 571-3700, or mccormickandschmicks.com/.
Naf Naf: Starting on Memorial Day, active or retired military personnel and first responders (police, fire and paramedics) can take advantage of a 15% discount with a valid ID. The offer is valid in-store only and does not apply to catering orders. Naf Naf has locations in Aurora, Chicago, Deerfield, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Rosemont, Schaumburg and more. nafnafgrill.com/.
Shaw's Crab House: Happy hour runs all day, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Dine on half-priced specials such as the Aloha Mussels with soy ginger vinaigrette and red Fresno (normally $11) or garlic shrimp scampi with grilled ciabatta, garlic butter and lemon (regular price $12). The Main Dining Room will be closed for lunch, and then open for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Shaw's is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/.
Texas de Brazil: To honor those who have served, all active-duty military and veterans can receive 50% off a regular dinner Monday through Wednesday, May 27-29. Also, up to eight nonmilitary guests will receive 20% off a regular dinner on those dates, too. The offer is only valid with a badge or ID for military members and veterans. Dine-in only; the restaurant opens at 3:30 p.m. Monday. It's at 5 Woodfield Mall Suite D312, Schaumburg, (847) 413-1600 or texasdebrazil.com/.
Tokio Pub: All-day happy hour features a selection of half-off drinks and apps from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day. Try the Scorpion-Fire Roll with tempura shrimp, jalapeño, chipotle sauce, guacamole, black rice and tobiko, and pair it with a half-priced cocktail such as the Mandarin Blossom (Smirnoff orange, Lillet Blanc, Mio sparkling sake and fresh-squeezed orange juice). Or choose from the full menu all day. Tokio Pub is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com/.
Weber Grill Restaurant: Take advantage of the $8 burger special on Monday, May 27. Normally $12.50, the burger is topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheddar cheese. Pair it with a $5 Weber Backyard Brew, a 16-ounce golden ale that will be available in the bar area only. The restaurants are at 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, (630) 953-8880, and 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, (847) 413-0800, or webergrillrestaurant.com/.
On Memorial Day, LongHorn Steakhouse will be offering a free grilling hotline.
- Courtesy of LongHorn Steakhouse
Need grilling help?
If you don't feel as confident in your grilling skills as you'd like, LongHorn Steakhouse can help. There will be grill masters on hand to answer your questions -- including navigating tricky grilling issues, recommending the perfect cut of steak or offering technique advice -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 27. Call (855) LH-GRILL for help. longhornsteakhouse.com/home.
Ever get those late-night sweet cravings? Beatrix is here to help. Starting Tuesday, May 28, those on a mission for a treat after dark can try the restaurant's chocolate-covered macaroon cookie ice cream sandwich, only available after 9 p.m. nightly. The dessert includes Homer's vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two housemade coconut macaroon cookies and dipped in dark chocolate. It's $5.95.
Beatrix is at 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 491-1415, plus three locations in Chicago. beatrixrestaurants.com/.
The seared salmon pesto is a new dish on Houlihan's spring menu.
- Courtesy of Houlihan's
Houlihan's new spring menu might get your stomach growling. Start off with an app such as tuna poke nachos (diced tuna tossed in ginger soy dressing with won ton chips, chile aioli, red onion, jalapeño and avocado). Or look straight toward the new entrees such as Sedona shrimp pasta (fettuccine in an ancho butter sauce with sautéed shrimp, tomato concasse, spinach, basil and focaccia crisps), Oh Kale Yeah Salad (quinoa, kale and organic greens with roasted tomatoes, red onion, charred corn, chive pesto and croutons tossed in a champagne vinaigrette and topped with grilled chicken or roasted cauliflower), Bavette steak (an 8-ounce cut served with chimichurri, cauliflower mash and roasted cauliflower) and seared salmon pesto (spaghetti squash "noodles" mixed with chive pesto, crushed tomatoes, cotija cheese and balsamic glaze). For your sweet tooth, check out the Giant Peanut Butter Cup topped with whipped cream, sea salt and roasted peanuts or the new vanilla bean cheesecake. In time for summer are two new flavored mules (the base drink is SKYY Vodka, fresh lime and Gosling's Ginger Beer): pineapple or watermelon.
Houlihan's is located at 1508 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, (847) 658-4560; 1322 Commons Drive, Geneva, (630) 345-8000; 2860 Showplace Drive, Naperville, (630) 536-0022; and 321 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, (630) 690-5550; houlihans.com/.
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