There is a popular restaurant and sports bar open in the northwest suburbs of Chicago that I didn’t even know existed until a couple of weeks ago. I was missing out, indeed! In fact, I was so impressed by the hospitality of this father and son establishment that I told them I’d write a rave review . . .
TJ O’Brien’s Bar and Grill is a cozy restaurant and sports bar that serves contemporary Irish American fare, including a to-write-home-about comforting Shepherd’s pie (I tried this!), satisfying pizza (I indulged on this as well), huge hamburgers, and the juiciest beef sandwiches this side of ChiTown. Prices are extremely reasonable on top of their good taste; they are open for lunch and dinner and even offer catering.
O’Brien’s atmosphere is friendly while roomy enough to mingle with friends. A sports bar with flat screen televisions greets patrons when they first walk in while, along the side, a homier room that includes a mantled fireplace and pool table is open for quieter dining and mingling. I personally appreciated the welcome ambiance of this room.
Every single person who works at TJ’s makes you feel right at home, as if they’ve known you forever as soon as you walk in. James O’Brien, one of the owners, is in almost every day; he’s constantly moving from patron to table to patron, ensuring everyone’s satisfaction with food and service. TJ’s hosts fun neighborhood parties such as their now annual Halloween costume parties, Christmas Eve Eve celebrations, snow days commemorations and, of course, get togethers centered around popular sports events.
TJ’s recently added regular live entertainment to their establishment. For instance, every other Thursday evening at 9pm, live music is offered. Local, soon-to-be famous, rockstar Darryl Markette (Darryl Markette Music) is a regular performer. Stop by for a great chance to unwind and catch up with dear friends.
TJ O’Brien’s is located at 53 W. Slade Street in Palatine, Illinois, conveniently just off the Metra tracks, at 847.468.7468. Go for the deliciously authentic Irish fare and stay for the friendly atmosphere and entertainment. It won’t be your last stop . . . .
A+ to TJ OBrien’s for sweetly satisfying food, high quality local entertainment and welcoming, neighborhood ambiance!!
Yes, finally . . . there is a new restaurant in the Midwest that boasts healthful eating on its entire menu! Seasons 52 maintains that every item they serve is 475 calories or less. Consequently, you will not eye many people leaving the eatery with environmentally-unfriendly doggy bags nor will you exclaim how large that mound of food is on your plate. But make no mistake, you will walk away satisfied; the difference is that you will be eating only the freshest, in-season foods cooked naturally via wood-fire grilling and brick oven cooking.
Seasons 52 offers weekly selections (a new selection of appetizer, soup, salad, flatbread, sushi, fresh market fish, entree, and dessert) – hence “Seasons 52” – to ensure freshness along with a guaranteed different experience for the regular patrons. Additionally, they change their entire menu four times a year, during the winter, spring, summer and fall.
I’ve personally eaten at the restaurant on five occasions (and counting!!) since the middle of the summer and have been completely satisfied with each. The Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread is great to share with the table or eat as an entree (I’ve done both!). The Carmelized Sea Scallops melt in my mouth. The Maui Tuna Crunch Salad is fresh and delicious. I’ve tried the bison burger – sinfully good!! They even offer gluten free, vegan, or low sodium menu varieties. Finally!!!!! Whether its lunch or dinner, that place is always filled with happy people.
I looked around during my latest visit this weekend and noticed there is a nice mixture of both the younger and older crowd. A piano player in the middle of the bar – yes, smack dab in the middle, right there with the bartender – plays pleasing background music. It makes for quite the inviting ambience.
Wait, there’s more . . . we can’t forget my favorite part – dessert!! The mini-indulgences are too cute too resist! It’s indulgence in smaller proportion. Their desserts are designed to feature high-impact flavors and top quality ingredients, such as Belgian Callibut chocolate. In other words, you get all of the pleasure and none of the guilt. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mouse, Blueberry Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Rocky Road are examples. I want to buy these little glasses and make my own versions of these at home. How fun!!
Luckily, new Seasons 52 restaurants are popping up all over the nation – Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Virginia are just a sampling of the numerous locations. I am certain these places will be welcomed with open arms (and mouths!). Grading Girl gives Seasons 52 an A+ for healthful eating, sumptuous signature foods, and all-around pleasant customer service. They know my name already!! 🙂 Stop in; you will not leave unsatisfied! This is my new favorite restaurant, can you tell?!