Pay attention restaurant-lovers!

The Village of Elmwood Park, a go-to destination for locals looking for a memorable meal, is hosting their third annual restaurant week February 21st through March 1st, 2020.

Savvy foodies are keenly aware of the vast array of restaurants located on both “restaurant row” and “the circle” in Elmwood Park. Participating restaurants in both areas will entice diners from the western suburbs to explore an eclectic variety of discounted menu options, specialty dishes, and pre-fixe menus throughout the village.

Elmwood Park is historically known for providing authentic Italian meals and it’s no surprise restaurant week provides ample opportunities to get your hands on a slice of pizza, bowl of pasta, or a cone full of rich gelato. Over time, however, Elmwood Park eateries have grown to include Mexican, Asian, and Cuban fare, as well as super social breakfast spots and well-loved burger joints.

With more than fifteen participating restaurants there’s sure to be something for everyone during the food-focused week in Elmwood Park. Check out a few of the hottest deals.

Nestled on “the circle” adjacent to Village Hall in Elmwood Park, Seph’s Sweets (12 Conti Pkwy) will tempt locals to sit for a leisurely breakfast or a wholesome lunch during restaurant week

“We’ve tried to create an offer for restaurant week that gives diners a good value, while making the most of our regular menu offerings,” says Sephora Popa, co-owner of Seph’s Sweets.

The diminutive bakery is offering a breakfast special as well as a trio of lunch deals to celebrate restaurant week. Lunch specials include a half a hot or cold sandwich with diner’s choice of soup or salad and chips; a latte or cupcake rounds out Seph’s lunch offerings.

For just over ten dollars diners can get their hands on a vegetarian panini and house salad at Seph’s Sweets. The cheesy panini is filled with roasted read peppers and the house salad brims with tomatoes, cucumbers and parmesan cheese with a honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Relative newcomer to “restaurant row,” Gringo and Blondie, located at 7574 W. North Ave, is putting a decidedly Mexican spin on restaurant week. The colorful taqueria is offering a variety of discounts throughout restaurant week including a $1.50 off all starters, burritos and cemitas for just $6.99 and a free agua fresca with a purchase of a house salad.

Those looking for a hearty meal at a notable value should look no further than Gringo and Blondie’s two taco deal. Served alongside rice and beans with a Mexican Jarrito to drink, the meal allows guests to select between seven taco fillings. The Al Pastor features spit roasted pork, pineapple onions and cilantro while the Carne Asada features grilled skirt steak, guacamole, onions and cilantro. A shrimp taco will appeal to pescatarian diners while the “Blondie” is a vegetarian combination of mushrooms, peppers, onion, epazote, avocado and queso fresco.

Popular restaurant row mainstay, Spizzico Pizza and Pasta, 7446 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park is bringing an array of lunch options to restaurant week. salad, sandwich and pasta dishes will draw in local regulars, but Linda Spizzirri, owner of Spizzico is excited to offer a junior burrito from her second restaurant Senor Jefe’s Mexican Grill, during the food-focused week.

Spizzirri, keeps her late husband, Tito’s legacy alive, by continuing to serve the Italian fare locals have come to know and love at Spizzico Pizza and Pasta and started a new venture nearly five years ago when she opened Senor Jefe’s Mexican Grill. The restaurants share a kitchen and an address so restaurant week goers can order from both menus in each location.

“I grew up eating at New Star and Johnny’s and now here are a lot of restaurants in the area;” Spizzirri, “I think Elmwood Park’s restaurant week is great for our regulars while drawing new people to the area.”

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