Cucina Paradiso has undergone a renovation to rejuvenate and update its image. Gone are the white tablecloths (which generally now feel a little old-timey), in are new banquettes (cozy!), though many of the posters remain on the walls: you'll still recognize the places. My main interest, of course, was in the renovated menu.
If the ingredients are in stock because they're included in dishes on the regular menu, you can have the people in the Francesca's kitchens mash up those ingredients in whichever way you want. Kind of like your own personalized off-menu item, which at first sounded kind of cool.
If you get a hankering for an OP Burger – that's short for Oak Park – and a side of hop salt fries, oh, and don't forget to grab a Neckthumper Russian Imperial Stout while you're at it, you might want to head out to Oak Park Brewing Company – you know, the one in Sacramento, California.
6978 changes the menu slightly every day, changing up the sides and even the entrées, which is probably a good idea: a constantly changing menu means people will be okay with going to the restaurant more than once a week, and I have a feeling 6978 has a lot of repeat customers.
Oak Parker Jodi Fyfe's Paramount Events – a major Chicago catering operation – is located under the Lake Street El tracks; next door is Fyte's new restaurant, Eden (1748 W. Lake Street), which has an attached greenhouse that ensures fresh produce year-round for some creative dishes.
Raising Cane's, the popular Louisiana-based restaurant company known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – put the finishing touches on its first Chicagoland restaurant in anticipation of its grand opening; a ribbon cutting was held in partnership with the Village of North Riverside, the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) on January 31.
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