Restaurant Review: Grand Lux Cafe
I had the opportunity to taste their new menu with a few of my blogger friends- Anna from A Lily Love Affair and Heidi from Wishes & Reality. Amidst much oohing and ahhhing, we agreed that every item brought out was just as good as the last. Take a look at our tasting and plan your trip this summer! I am just highlighting my favorites, or else this post would go on for days. Seriously....SO. MUCH. AMAZING. FOOD.
The Venetian- Bombay Sapphire Chilled with Blood Orange Juice and Lemongrass
Blood Orange Martini- Tito's Vodka, Aerpol and Blood Orange Juice
Grand Manhattan- Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon and Hibiscus
Blood Orange Mimosa- Solemo Blood Orange Liqueur, Prosecco and Blood Orange Juice
My personal favorite was the Blood Orange Martini- it was the perfect blend of sweet and a citrus. If you are a whiskey drinker, the Manhattan is going to knock your socks off. For brunch, I would order rounds of Blood Orange Mimosas- such a unique twist on this classic bubbly cocktail.
Minis, Bites, Tapas and Appetizers
Pastrami Deli Tots- This was my absolute favorite thing on the menu. I am obsessed with tater tots AND Reubens, so by combining the two someone had to wrestle the dish away from me.
Ahi Ceviche- In the summer, a lighter cold appetizer paired with a glass of crisp white wine is the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. This was traditionally marinated in lime juice and cilantro with the addition of chiles. The addition of avocado, tomato, onion and cucumber perfected this flavorful dish.
Fuji Apple Salad- the unique combination of apples, dried cherries, raisins, apricots and white cheddar cheese tossed with glazed walnuts in Hazelnut Mustard Dressing was incredible. I also loved the fact that there were mixed greens and brussels sprouts, adding a little crunch!
Burgers and Sandwiches
Korean Sriracha Burger- marinated beef with Shitake mushrooms, onion and sesame seeds topped with Sriracha Mayo. I adore a little kick, and this burger has it!
Korean Fried Chicken "Burrito"- I never would have thought to put fried chicken in a burrito, but the combination totally makes sense upon first bite. It is combined with Jicama, Carrots, steamed rice, Sriracha Mayo and served with Kim Chi.
Lunch Specials- Bento Box
These are served Monday-Friday and come perfectly portioned. I am the one who just chooses a bunch of sides from the menu and skips a main dish because I like a little of everything. You can choose from: Chile-Crusted Steak, Wood Grilled Salmon, Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Garlic Herbed Chicken. Each comes with different sides that are ah-mazing!
Save room, because they are serving up New Orleans Beignets with triple dipping sauces! I had to order an Irish Coffee, and it was topped with a mountain of whipped cream. Honestly, I was as giddy to drink this as I as to drink hot chocolate from Denny's when I was a kid...although this was SO much better. I was sent home with a box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, which I had to hide from the kids.
Overall, this menu was spectacular. The above photo is a shot of part of what we were served. Seriously stuffed and happy! We were able to chat with the chefs after the meal, and I asked about their favorites (I do this at every restaurant- you can tell a lot by what the faves are of the people who prepare the food). They loved the Korean Fried Chicken "Burrito" and Bourbon Street Chicken.
**Mom Tip- I have actually taken my kids to this restaurant (and they are young, so I don't take them to many). I sit by the elevator- room to store the stroller and make a quick exit if kids need a break!
Grand Lux Cafe is located at 600 N Michigan Ave (at Ontario)...entrance is on Ontario and valet is available. A huge thank you to the staff at Grand Lux for having us...I should have worn stretchier pants :)