Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Remnant of the past reopens in Des Plaines.
A new drive-in opened in Des Plaines last week, and, while Des Plaines has been home to a number of drive-ins, Rand Red Hots, 1441 Rand Road, is the only one that still looks like a drive-in. Rand Red Hots has a very brief menu, reminiscent of the limited-menu, fast-service model perfected by McDonald's, whose first corporate restaurant is just around the corner on Lee Street. Rand Red Hots has given the building a major makeover, with new blacktop and concrete, a rebuilt restaurant area, removed car shelters, new lighting outside, and more. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., business has been brisk in the first days. Stay connected: Receive an email from Des Plaines Patch with headlines in the morning. There were once numerous drive-ins in Des…
Sunday, May 20, 2012
You won’t find the same kind of service at any other restaurant.
The winner of the 2012 Readers’ Choice for best place to eat on Memorial Day weekend is the Choo Choo Restaurant, 600 Lee St., earning the recognition with 70 percent of the vote. This iconic Des Plaines eatery, founded in 1951, will be serving its traditional American fare menu over the holiday weekend, which includes burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, sandwiches and desserts. Earlier: Discover all the resources to learn about your family history at the Des Plaines library. What the Choo Choo is especially known for is how it delivers orders to patrons — via model railroad. Flatbed cars have been customized with plastic food baskets to get the job done. Young engineers will be all aboard for this unique family dining experience. Related: Check…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Proposed parking garage, restaurant may open in 2014; hotel to follow.
Plans for a major development at Higgins and Mannheim roads that includes a parking garage, restaurant and hotel moved one step closer to becoming a reality on Monday. Planning Commission members voted, 3-0, in favor of approving a temporary site plan, and recommending to city council the developer’s proposal for a special zoning classification that outlines construction criteria called a planned unit development. The proposed development includes a parking garage with 2,350 stalls with shuttle bus service to O’Hare International Airport, a 4,000 square-foot restaurant with an option to add a drive-through lane and a hotel to be built at a later time. The approval and recommendation followed a series of questions from commissioners to the …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The winner is a Des Plaines staple, founded in 1963.
The winner of the 2012 Readers’ Choice for best Mother’s Day brunch is Giuseppe’s La Cantina Restaurant, 1062 Lee St., taking the title with 62 percent of the vote. Giuseppe’s, a family-owned business founded in 1963, is a Des Plaines staple. Toni Demma, co-owner, said they have been serving the same Mother’s Day brunch menu for more than 20 years, and it includes all the classics you’d expect: traditional breakfast items, meats, seafood, pastas and desserts. Demma said they’ve kept the menu the same over the years because it’s so popular and works so well. But what really makes Giuseppe’s a special place for Mother’s Day is the familial atmosphere. “Being a family-owned business, we welcome many families every year, and it’s just like it’…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Rate and review, and vote in our poll, for your top choice.
Whether you’ve got a craving for crispy pizza, al dente pasta or a thick slice of homemade lasagna, Des Plaines has no shortage of Italian restaurants to satisfy it. In this week’s Readers’ Choice we are asking readers what is the best place to go for Italian cuisine. Please vote in the poll below, and click through on the name of your favorite so you can leave a review in our business directory. That way, future readers will be able to benefit from your wisdom when they're looking for dining advice. Here are some of our favorites, but if we’re missing one, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add it. Earlier: Readers’ choice for martial arts programs. Editor's Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole …
Monday, February 27, 2012
When you want the best, where do you go?
To kick off the new Best of Patch contest this week we’re seeking out the freshest, most delicious Mexican cuisine in Des Plaines. We’re asking you to share your favorite place for Mexican food. Here are some of our favorites, but if we’re missing one, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add it. Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments in the section below. We will announce the winner on Friday. Connect on Facebook.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Our weekly series will list something for you to do all summer.
Patch is your guide as you become a tourist in Chicagoland. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, check out the Patch Passport series. With the high cost of traveling these days, many folks are looking for inexpensive ways to have fun, and sometimes that means staying local. Des Plaines has a variety of restaurants and activities to satisfy even the pickiest customers. Here are some suggestions for having fun in your own backyard. Attractions The Choo-Choo Restaurant Before Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, the Choo-Choo was serving burgers and shakes to kids and adults alike in a diner setting that boasted counter food service delivered on a choo-choo train. This …