“Back in the day” is an expression that many “old timers” use to remind us that the world has undergone many changes. If one grew up in a major city, one can recall that every major hotel was known for the special dining room contained within. Think back to The Ambassador East and it’s Pump Room, the Palmer House Hotel and the Empire Room and the list goes on and on. In today’s world with “suite hotels” everywhere, most of us think of these as conveniences, but we may be missing the hidden treasures of our suburban “hotels”. For example, in Deerfield, just minutes away from the Walgreen’s campus is an Embassy Suites. I know many people who have enjoyed an overnight or week-end experience in this space, and recall having dinner there with my grandkids a few years back. It was pleasant, affordable and enjoyable. We have not been back, not because we did not enjoy it, but probably because it is a destination spot, and with all the rushing around in the suburbs, we often forget about a spot that we have to plan on attending, despite its solid location.
There is a new chef and I am planning a return visit to see if what I am hearing is as good as it sounds. Meanwhile, they are reaching out to the community in an effort to raise money for The Susan G. Komen Foundation. They have a desert ( take a look at this without getting hungry! I dare you!) called “Da Bombe”, a cake and shake white chocolate raspberry bombe complimented by a strawberry milkshake, all created by executive chef Eric Kim. During the month of October, this amazing dessert, priced at only $14, will be offered with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. October is “breast cancer awareness month”, so this is very fitting.
Cadwell’s Grille is the name of the dining room and while it is an intimate space (55 seats in the dining room, 20 in the bar area and another 75 in the lounge) they offer service for the young crowd, the elder crowd and even the very younger crowd ( having a children’s “Destination Healthy” menu. They also offer many specials; Fridays night all you can eat Fish Fry ;Wednesday and Saturday nights, Prime Rib; Blue Plate special, served on Blue Plates and Thursday “Kids Eat Free and 10% of the bill donated to “No Kid Hungry” program.
This is comfort food with a twist. Downtown experience without the hassle of driving there and finding parking. Known for its excellent menu and service, I am ready to go back again and taste the items that Chef Kim has “brought to the table”, so to speak. The address is 1445 West Lake Cook Road in Deerfield. To make a reservation call 847-597-2725 or visit www.cadwellsgrille.com. I will make it a point to taste the menu very soon, but first I am on my way to savor the flavors of “Da Bombe”.