Highland Park, IL. Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Did you know that Highland Park is becoming a Chicago North Shore Foodie Destination? At this year's first ever Restaurant Week, the Downtown Highland Park Alliance has managed to put together an impressive roster of 38 restaurants--matching the number of restaurants participating at Chicago's First Annual Restaurant Week in 2008.
From sophisticated dining establishments to the casual, there is something for all ages and budgets. Unlike, Chicago's Restaurant Week that limits specials to prix-fixe menus, Highland Park offers a variety of dining experiences, specials and events along with prix-fixe menus at some restaurants including 2nd Street Enoteca and 2nd Street Bistro. Special events during Restaurant Week include: Wine Walk Wednesday, a Tour de Sweets, and a Teen TGIF.
Highland Park's inaugural Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, April 29 with some restaurants promising extensions. Participating establishments include: 2nd Street Bistro, 2nd Street Enoteca, Abigail's American Bistro, Arriva Dolce, BBQ Pit, Benjamin, Bluegrass, Breadsmith, Café Central, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Frost, Highland Pop, La Casa de Isaac and Moishe, Jamba Juice, Love’s Yogurt, M Restaurant, Menchie's, Michael's Restaurant, New York Slices, Nieto's, Norton's, OUAB, Perfect Blend, Piero's Pizza, Players Grill, Real Urban BBQ, Stash's, Sunset Foods, Sushi Badaya, Tamales, The City Park Grill, Turtles Cupcakes, Vibe at 1935, Walker Brothers Pancake House, Yummy Bowl. Stop by any of these establishments and ask for their Restaurant Week specials.
Highlights of the Week include:
Café Central will offer a children’s menu with $6.95 meals all week.
Arriva Dolce Gelato and Coffee Bar: A specially priced dessert sampler plate will be offered.
Turtle’s Cupcakes: Buy three cupcakes and get one free.
Dairy Queen: Two mini Blizzards for $4.44 or two small Blizzards for $5.55.
Frost Gelato: Famous Frost Root Beer Float or a three scoop mini-sampler both offered at a special price.
Highland Pop: Buy 3 bags (any size) and get one free.
Love’s: A medium frozen yogurt for $2.22.
Menchies: From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 8:00 to 9:00 pm enjoy yogurt happy hour and receive $1.00 off your cup of yogurt.
Michael’s Restaurant: A regular size Yogen Fruz with one topping for $2.99.
Kids eat free at The City Park Grill with each adult entrée purchase.
Most of the restaurants participating in Highland Park Restaurant Week are within walking distance of Downtown Highland Park (along Central Ave. and down adjoining streets). Free on-street parking is often available. Visitors can also park free for three hours at the parking garage at Renaissance Place. Highland Park is accessible on the Metra North line, exit train at the Highland Park station, or via the Edens Expressway, exit east at Deerfield Rd.
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