Fast Food & Drink

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 5, 2011

You can thank Chef Gilbert Langlois' son Owen, left, for Chalkboard's new "kids eat free" menu. Photo courtesy of Chalkboard.

A quick round-up of bar and restaurant news:

Just because your children won’t eat anything besides chicken fingers doesn’t mean you can’t take them to a nice restaurant. Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., announces a new kids’ menu; items are not only prepared by Chef Gilbert Langlois and staff but have the added bonus of costing absolutely nothing. That’s right, kids eat free, daily (closed Tuesdays), 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

While the munchkins (age 10 or younger) chow down on skinny fries and grilled cheese, adults can enjoy the latest additions to the grown-up menu, which include Trout Nicoise and London Broil with white beans, avocado & chimichurri. Langlois was inspired to make Chalkboard as kid-friendly for other parents as it is for him; 5-year-old son Owen frequently joins the chef in the kitchen but demands a meal all his own.

The Red Lion, 4749 N. Rockwell Ave., is hosting live music on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Catch Robert Campbell and Chris Marshall, described as “ukulele ’20s sound meets country jazz”; show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose, continues its Whisky Dinner Series, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m., with six Dalmore selections paired with special creations from the kitchen of Chef Sarah McDonnell. Master Blender Richard Paterson will be on hand to talk diners through each whisky. A highlight is sure to be a tasting of the King Alexander III, the only single malt aged in six different woods. Tickets are $40 per person.

Ravenswood Grill, 1968 W. Lawrence, has reopened as Cinnamon Cafe: same management but new menu, decor and hours. Breakfast, brunch and lunch available 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., seven days a week. Tell us what you think of the changes.

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