Another Happy Surprise

Last Saturday was one of those days that combined a variety of interests – family, antiques, food, and a chance to watch the Belmont Stakes.

We made plans with a niece and nephew to spend a couple of hours at the Grayslake Antique Market.  It was a beautiful day for the outing and we even made purchases – I found a great Deco toaster for my booth, and our niece and nephew made a find of some Waterford wine glasses in their (discontinued) pattern.

Afterward, the plan was to go to a restaurant or sports bar where we could have something to eat and watch the Belmont Stakes.  We wound up in Libertyville, feeling there would be a number of options available.  We checked out a few places that we rejected – either they were bars with little or no food, or they were restaurants with no TVs – and finally wound up at Chili U.  There is a lively bar, and a quieter room in the back.  It was a fortunate choice.

While chili is definitely a featured item on the menu, there are also sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, sides, and a selection of appetizers and desserts.  The surprise was that the menu   identifies gluten free and vegetarian options. (The online version doesn’t exhibit the icons.)  You can build your own chili with a variety of bases, chills and toppings or you can select a “Chili We Make”.  I chose a “chili you make” with gluten free pasta as the base, Midwest Chili, and a variety of toppings.

IMG_0582Chili U has other surprises.  A visit to the very-nicely appointed restroom reveals some little Barbie and Ken vignettes built into the wall.   This spoof of Kate and William is just one example.

The Belmont Stakes was the one disappointment that day. It would be so exciting to have another Triple Crown winner.

I’d definitely go back to Chili U again.  I’m glad we found it.  It exhibits originality and the wait staff is helpful. Libertyville was also very lively – nice to see a conventional suburban downtown doing so well.

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