The Joliet Area Restaurant Week is back and 39 locations have signed up to take part in this culinary celebration – featuring flavorful meals and amazing deals.
“From February 18 to February 25, you’ll be able to get many different tastes throughout the region,” stated Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) President Robert Navarro. “We wanted to have many different styles of restaurants, and many different price points, to showcase the varied ‘flavors’ of the area during this event. With a record number of locations participating, we can’t wait for February to come.”
STEAK AND SEAFOOD
Steak tends to highlight many menus, to the delight of many carnivores. In fact, steak and seafood will be showcased throughout the Restaurant Week selections. In Joliet, The Reserve Steakhouse (Harrah’s Joliet), Final Cut Steakhouse (Hollywood Casino Joliet), and MyGrain Brewing all have great steak options. Al’s Steak House is a Joliet staple – one bite into a Don’t overlook Morris Chop Shop in Nostalgic Downtown Morris as well – their real wood fire grill adds an amazing flavor to their entrees.
And if you can’t decide between steak and seafood … think about Big Fish Grille (Wilmington) and Pescolino Osteria (Channahon). Both have amazing menus featuring both steak and seafood – and you will pick an amazing entrée, no matter what you choose.
A GREAT START TO YOUR DAY
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can’t go wrong by stopping at the Joliet Route 66 Diner or Cherry Hill Café to grab an early breakfast, or even lunch for that matter. You can also “fuel up” at Jitters Coffee House – serving great coffee, sandwiches and salads.
YOUR MID-DAY PICK-ME-UP
A great place to make a mid-day visit during Joliet Area Restaurant Week is TRUTH restaurant, and you’ll see why the restaurant is a popular lunch destination – don’t miss their lunch offer! Joliet’s newest music spot, The Forge, will also be serving lunch deals during Restaurant Week.
GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66
We’ve already mentioned some Route 66 Restaurants, but you definitely want to stop by White Fence Farm in Romeoville. This is a truly historic site along “The Mother Road,” with its historic fried chicken. In Wilmington, don’t miss Nelly’s on 66. And, right across from the historic Rialto Square Theatre – stop in to Chicago St. Pub. Don’t miss out on a Reuben or their great music acts!
GO INTERNATIONAL, ALL IN THE COMFORTS OF THE AREA
Chevere Latin Café, located in downtown Joliet, offers empenadas, arepas and word class desserts. The Blue Taco (around the corner from Chevere) takes international flavor bolder – infusing with spices and other flavors that don’t miss. Viet Little Home in Shorewood is the place for authentic Vietnamese, focusing on healthier grilled options. Juliet’s Tavern blends fine Italian food, great dining and drinks into one great meal.
WHEN A BURGER HITS THE SPOT
Cross Street Grill (Harrah’s Joliet) has some amazing burgers on its menu, which will easily fill you up. Hamburgerseria offers 20 different burgers that can come in ¼, ½ or one pound sizes. Dock Rotz in Minooka’s Dock Burger is also one not to miss.
CAN’T FORGET ABOUT THE DRINKS
Although Elder Brewing Company doesn’t serve food, they serve amazing craft beer. Joliet’s Tin Roof works with local farms and markets – combining their culinary creativity with the freshest ingredients possible. Don’t forget to pair your meal with their modernized pre-prohibition era cocktails. If you’re looking for the combination of food and beer, don’t miss MyGrain Brewing, Embers Tap House (Lockport), Tully Monster (Morris), and Twin Rail Pub (Minooka). On the north side, give Hanover and Hardy’s (Bolingbrook) a visit – tasty food and local craft beer. Lockport’s Port Noir features martinis, wine, flatbreads, sliders and other tasty food that will hit the spot.
A trip through Joliet isn’t complete without a stop at Chicken-N-Spice. If you have a hankering for barbecue, travel up to Crest Hill’s Fire Water BBQ. Joliet’s Wild Horse is a country-style restaurant and bar that features unique wood-cooking. Lockport’s Public Landing serves amazing American comfort food on the shore of the old I&M Canal. The Liberty Street Café in Morris has amazing meals and amazing portion sizes.
CULINARY SUPERSTARS IN TRAINING
Joliet Junior College has a truly fantastic Culinary program, and their student-run restaurants will also be taking part in Joliet Area Restaurant Week. Make sure to try Thrive and Saveur, and taste the future of flavor.
The menus of our locations have many great options for dessert – but two of our locations are exclusive stops for dessert. Lockport’s Hollingworth Candies is known for their out-of-this-world toffee, and Shorewood’s Nothing Bundt Cakes offer many flavors of their nationally-known bundt cakes that are all outstanding.
STILL CAN’T DECIDE?
If you still can’t decide, then head over to Flavors: The Buffet. Located in Harrah’s Casino in Joliet – they have a bit of everything. And it’s all you can eat. It’s the perfect solution when everything sounds good.
THE LATEST NEWS
Make sure to get the latest news on Joliet Area Restaurant Week by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/jolietRestaurantWeek. The event takes place from February 18 – 25, 2018. You can also visit jolietarearestaurantweek.com for all of the flavorful meals and amazing deals.