Breakfast: Shades of Brown, 3302 S. Peoria, 747-3000
Start your day at Shades of Brown with a Machiatto, latte or mocha, or try one of the shop's signature drinks, such as a Prague Mocha made with imported European chocolate. If you're in the mood for something different, a Spicy Latte made with ginger syrup, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne might do the trick. Cool off with a frozen Big Train, or get your drink served over ice. For non-coffee drinkers there's chai, cocoa and tea, plus a variety of scones, muffins and other pastries to soak up all that caffeine.
Lunch: Pare, 1141 S. Quaker, 582-7273
Pare calls itself "your neighborhood gourmet take-out market," and it's a good place to pick up a quick lunch that's still "real food." Pare's rotating selection of seasonal options includes salads like the Chicken and Basil Pesto Pasta Salad, as well as cool and refreshing Gazpacho soup. For something more substantial, try an entrée like Citrus Glazed Salmon or a slice of quiche, paired with a variety of sides such as Three-Cheese Polenta.
HOURS: MON-FRI 11AM-6PM
The Local Table, 4329 S Peoria, 794-8013
For dinner, make it local. This Brookside restaurant uses local meat, dairy and produce whenever available. Start with a salad of local greens, then try Fried Chicken with Cherry Tomato salad as an entrée. Other main courses include a Cheeseburger with brie and caramelized onions or a seasonal specialty, Cold Sesame Noodles. For dessert, sample the Strawberry Shortcake. The Local Table's menu changes with the seasons, depending on what's available.
HOURS: MON-SUN 11AM-10PM
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