What a week to explore what’s new and newish in the dining category throughout Naperville and just beyond its borders!
We checked Q BBQ, enjoyed Q Salad; tried Pizzeria NEO again, true to service and fresh mozzarella good again; and ventured over to Warrenville for cocktails at Eddie Merlot’s.
(Please note whenever PN encounters a place that’s less than pleasing to our taste, we simply don’t mention it.)
Of course, staples such as Quigley’s Irish Pub, Catch 35 and Hugo’s Frog Bar offered light-for-lunch menu items, too, inside or out on the patio—all good.
An evening at SugarToad presented several new fresh cocktails, specialties of the house, and a reminder that Thursday evenings offer 4 5 6— $4 craft beer, $5 wine and $6 Martinis. The bar menu is one-half off from 5-7 on Thursdays, too. SugarToad’s cheese board is exceptional as are the entrees, especially when you say to your server, “Ask Chef Keith to cook for me. I just want to try something new.”
Father’s Day brunch topped off a busy week at Meson Sabika, where earlier in the week a fundraiser held on the spacious patio by the Rotary Club of Naperville for Upendo Village in Kenya raised $5,000, thanks to the generosity of host Hossein Jamali.
This brief wrap up of activity that included a stroll along the Riverwalk and travels throughout the bustling Naperville scene is a chance to emphasize PN’s focus “to preview rather than review.” Whether Thursday night weekly band concerts or the annual Naperville Jazz Concert on Saturday in Central Park, residents and visitors were attracted to plenty of cool spaces and fun places.
Stay tuned. The Naperville Municipal Band will perform again at 7:30PM Thurs., June 21, in Central Park. Naper Nights will feature Hix Brothers and American English Fri., June 22. And next Sunday morning Little Friends will host its Step Up for Autism at the Riverwalk Pavilion.
Jazz concert photos courtesy of PN’s roving photographer, contributor Chuck Koch.