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An Omelet Version of Corned Beef and Cabbage

The popularity of corned beef and cabbage is demonstrated by the way the dish appears in an assortment of menu offerings.  Most recently, I have seen it offered as a soup in one restaurant  (I regret that I didn’t try it)  and as an omelet at Benedict’s la Strata in Crystal Lake.  Benedict’s is a popular choice with my husband and I, as noted in the review on the Restaurant page.

I was very happy with the omelet.  The flavor of the corned beef was good – not too salty – and the portion was ample.  Served with Benedict’s breakfast potatoes and a cup of fresh fruit.

A very satisfying, gluten free meal.

Pollo Rustica – Yummy version of Chicken Vesuvio

After hearing a recommendation for 750 Cucina Rustica, my husband and I decided to try it out.  Glad we did!

The decor creates a very nice first impression, with planks on the walls, and some bistro-type seating.  The staff was welcoming and very pleasant, and the menu offered many appetizing options.  NOTE:  gluten free options are not highlighted on the menu, but are available.  Our personable waiter explained that they provide gluten free pasta, and there were entree selections that I could choose from.  Pollo Rustica was my choice, after the waiter confirmed that there was no flour in the preparation.  I was also tempted by the pesce bianco (whitefish), and I expect I’ll try that on my next visit.  There are a number of
appetizers, salads and risottos, in addition to the GF pasta dishes, that I look forward to trying in the future.


I apologize for the half-eaten condition seen in the photo.  I was hungry, and plunged in before remembering to take the photo.  You can see that they prepare the dish on a grill plate which keeps the food hot throughout the meal.  The chicken was juicy, and cooked just right.  No toughness.  It was served with generous, well-seasoned potato strips, with some peas and a side of spinach.

My husband had Tuscan braised beef short ribs, and said they were excellent. Your non GF dinner companions will have many tempting options.

The 750 in the restaurant’s name refers to the temperature of the brick oven that is used.
Close to our home, at 7 Jandus Road in Cary, IL, I know this restaurant will become one of our regular stops.  If you are looking for a new place to try, I highly recommend it.   847-829-4933.  Open from 3 pm till 9 or 10 on weekends.



Mity Nice Bar and Grill, Revisited

This restaurant was the subject of my first blog posting, and is highlighted as a favorite in my list of restaurants.  Anyone looking for a place to eat on Michigan Avenue should definitely plan on trying Mity Nice Grill, part of the Lettuce Entertain You group.
The location in Water Tower Place is a bit hidden behind the Foodlife food court on the mezzanine.  As you pass by the check-in stand, you will be given a small piece of paper that needs to be returned at the end of your meal.  (I’m assuming that this is a way of keeping the diners at Mity Nice Grill distinguishable from the Foodlife diners.)
We had reservations for lunch, prior to a matinee, and the friends we were with had never been there before.  It was a big hit.  Starting with the great gluten-free popovers (Brazilian Cheese Bread) that they serve as table rolls,
IMG_1779on to the great menus, the just-right service, and the generous portions, the dining experience is excellent.
There is enough of a buzz in the restaurant to add a little excitement, but it is not too noisy for comfortable conversation.  It is an almost-secret refuge from the hustle and bustle of the mall.
For my meal this time, I selected Minute Chicken Terri D, which was excellent.  My husband had a grilled cheese sandwich, and our friends had soup and shared a sandwich.  There is a big selection of root beers. All in all, a very satisfying meal.  IMG_1778