In 1997, Charlie Tzouras interviewed for a kitchen position at the Golden Steer Steakhouse and ended up buying the popular restaurant with his late cousin, Kiriakos Tzouras.
The eggs are all hunted down, the family is gathered. It’s Easter, and it’s time to eat. A sumptuous brunch at a favorite restaurant is in order. We’ve collected a number of festive Easter Sunday brunches that would make fitting meal to crown the holiday.
Nothing breaks up a busy week better than sneaking off with a friend for a leisurely lunch in a comfortable restaurant. Last week, my friend suggested we catch up over lunch at Munch. Located in the heart of Oak Park, Munch celebrates all things vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.
HARWOOD HEIGHTS — Izabella Narlock would like those not familiar with Polish food to enjoy some home cooking. Narlock has owned Baltic Good Polish Food at 7352 W. Lawrence Ave. for three years.
It wasn’t a burger found in Chicago that was named one of the Best Burgers in 25 Cities according to Zagat. The best burger can actually be found in the suburbs.
A self-described risk taker, Steve Skrine pulled up stakes at the Chicago Board of Trade after 22 years and invested in the power of pork. “My recipes usually start with me squatting in front of my refrigerator,” chuckles Skrine.
Berwyn’s culinary hot spot, Autre Monde, has been lauded with considerable accolades since opening in 2010, including three 2012 Jean Banchet Award nominations.
RIVER FOREST — When brothers Hector and Jesse Haggar opened their first Mexican restaurant in Oak Park 36 years ago, they started small. They took over a former hole-in-the wall, greasy spoon on Harrison Street at Harvey Avenue, with just six tables, Jesse Haggar said.
NORRIDGE — Allegretti’s Bakery still serves as a local hangout, even if those milling about sport a little gray in their hair. In addition to a half dozen people coming to pick up orders one weekday were a few people standing around drinking coffee and sharing stories.
What began as a local wedding celebration for King Ludwig I in Bavaria in 1810, is today one of Germany’s — and the world’s — most famous events. Oktoberfest, which actually starts in September, is one of the world’s largest festivals, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the 16-day event in Munich.
HARWOOD HEIGHTS — Italian beef sandwiches reign supreme at one of Harwood Heights’ well-know haunts. Jay’s Italian Beef and Sausage has served its specialty for nearly 40 years, co-owner Jay Fortuna said.
HIGHLAND PARK — Ordinarily, the opening of a new teahouse wouldn’t generate much buzz beyond the proprietor’s friends, family and the local chamber. But as alt-rock fans across Chicagoland know by now, Madame ZuZu’s in Highland Park’s Ravinia business district is not a typical teahouse.
THOMAS CONNER: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan opens his Highland Park Madame Zuzu’s Tea House Thursday. It’s an idea he said he’s had for a decade, one that’s finally budding with the venture housed in a former post office storefront at 582 Roger Williams Ave. “I’ve never had coffee,” the rocker says. “I’ve always hated the smell,”
It’s always better to cook for yourself, said Jen Moore, a Chicago mom, wife and businesswoman. “When people cook for themselves at home, they know exactly how much oil or cheese they’re putting in, etc., and they can make adjustments and customize on the fly,” …
Never trust an Italian restaurant with an autographed Frank Sinatra photo on the wall. Exhibit A: Forest Park’s Gaetano’s, a Sinatra-less, glossy picture-free dining room, and one of the best Italian restaurants at which I’ve ever eaten. I’m sure there’s a fairly good Sinatra photo-clad …
We all know a few green-thumbed folks —overall-clad bearers of hyper-local produce.
These urban farmers will call you up begging to unload an overabundance of green beans flourishing in their vegetable patch. Or, they sheepishly deliver an armload of pristine baby beets they’ve grown themselves …