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Family recipes, atmosphere and ownership drive Mokena’s Balagio

August 21, 2017 by Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

With a large selection of pasta, fish and chicken items, along with a made-to-order mentality, there is something for everyone at the new Balagio location in Mokena, which opened in March.

The single-page menu provides a variety of...

Doc’s Smokehouse plays on owner’s Southern heritage, traditions

August 17, 2017 by Tim Carroll, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Blues music plays over the sound system, as Birmingham, Alabama native Brent Brashier discusses his emotional attachment to Southern-style barbecue at Doc’s Smokehouse and Craft Beer in Mokena. 

“Everything on this...

Family recipes, atmosphere and ownership drive Mokena’s Balagio

August 21, 2017 by Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

With a large selection of pasta, fish and chicken items, along with a made-to-order mentality, there is something for everyone at the new Balagio location in Mokena, which opened in March.

The single-page menu provides a variety of...

Lucky in love with hot dogs in Tinley Park

by Kirsten Onsgard, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

It started with a stroke of luck, a closed restaurant and an idea. 

As Jen and Josh Hullett drove down 171st Street in Tinley Park, they noticed a longtime greasy spoon called Jr’s Hot Dogs had closed. Jen, a lifelong...

Duck, lobster specials celebrate fourth anniversary of Q Restaurant

by Thomas Czaja, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Quee Huynh has never been afraid to tweak her menu.

The owner of Q Restaurant in Orland Park always has wanted to stay fresh, both literally and figuratively, with her food, not allowing her customers to become bored...

Sal’s Phillys adds its twist to the cheesesteak

by Claudia Harmata, Editorial Intern Life & Arts, Dining Out

Salim Bal knows his sandwiches are not typical Philly cheesesteaks.

“I took over a restaurant that was going under,” Bal said. “They were making Philly steaks, and I thought I could make them better. I changed the menu...