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20 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark dining out Quick Bites Bacon mania runs wild on North Shore Eric DeGrechie Managing Editor In the late 1990s, enthusiasm for bacon seemed to hit a fever pitch here in the United States. Now, years later, it doesn’t appear that what some have coined “bacon mania” is slowing down anytime soon. Bacon is so popular that it even has its own day on Dec. 30. While some argue for or against the health merits of the salt-cured pork, few outright dislike the taste. Even vegetarians get in on the fun by adding meatless bacon knockoffs to the diet. Finding ways to slip bacon into every dish is a challenge many chefs are more than willing to take on. Last week, 22nd Century Media editors ventured out to different North Shore establishments to get their bacon fill and taste some unique creations. The results were delicious. Bacon-wrapped dates — 210 Live, Highwood Unique bacon appetizer? Live music? Look no further than 210 Live, 210 Green Bay Road, Highwood. The restaurant/concert venue’s menu offers a lot, but perhaps its most unique offering is the bacon-wrapped dates ($9). The appetizer is complete with marcona almondstuffed Medjool dates wrapped in house smoked cherrywood bacon and a red pepper puree. Fruit and bacon are an unlikely pair, but the sweet, salty and savory combo makes for a memorable experience. The marcona almond center adds a slight crunch to the dish. It comes with six dates, so getting two orders may be wise if your group is larger than two. The live music venue seeks to offer more than your standard music venue. It has a full kitchen and menu, a full bar staff and an area to sit or a dance floor to move your feet. Chris Nibeck, one of the partners at 210 Live, said the bacon-wrapped dates are easily one of the most popular menu items. The dish is also gluten-free. You’ll come for the music and stay for the food... or vice versa. Nibeck said that the restaurant is changing its name from 210 to 210 Live to emphasize the music aspect. 210 Live’s hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. Story by Contributing Editor Xavier Ward Grilled cheese and bacon — Fred’s Garage, Winnetka Grilled cheese — it’s practically the quintessential nostalgic American sandwich that fits appetites best when craving something deliciously gooey and perfectly crispy. And, when achieving that ideal butter-to-bread ratio outside all while balancing the perfect amount of cheese inside, you’ve got a comfort food staple. When Fred’s Garage opened this fall, the goal was to bring American favorites to an establishment that could quickly become a neighborhood staple. And, what comfort food menu would be complete without grilled cheese? But, at Fred’s, not only can you have a yummy plate of their grilled JOIN NORTH SHORE AESTHETICS For A Night Of Glitter &Gifts! Celebrate • • • • • PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY ARTISTRY • SKILL • COMPASSION Years Thursday February 22 nd 5:00 - 9:00 PM Education By Dr. Benjamin Schlechter On Beauty Solutions & New Trends In Plastic Surgery • Giftbags For all Registrants • Live Demonstrations • Meet Beauty Industry Representatives • Special Coupon Savings For All Attendees • Enjoy Beverages & Refreshments 210 Live’s bacon-wrapped dates ($9) are complete with marcona almonds stuffed into the center of a Medjool date, wrapped in a house smoked cherrywood bacon, nestled on top of a red pepper puree. Xavier Ward/22nd Century Media OVER $5,000 In Door Prizes Spa Service Giveaways Fillers & Botox Laser Services Product Gift Baskets & So Much More!!! RSVP BY MONDAY FEBRUARY 17 TH 847.393.4770 cheese, but you can also throw another American favorite — bacon — into the mix. The grilled cheese with bacon ($14.50) consists of sourdough bread cooked on the griddle with soft, creamy havarti cheese and smoked cheddar cheese, and long, crispy strips of bacon pressed in the middle. Then, the outside of the bread is generously crusted with Swiss cheese and fried to a crisp. General Manager Cary Michael said the grilled cheese with bacon was a recent menu add-on and so far, has been a big hit. “We’re actually listening to a lot of what the neighborhood and the regular customers are giving us feedback-wise,” he said. “We’ve made a ton of changes to the menu since we opened, so essentially, it’s a whole new menu. More comfort foods, homey, elevated classics, stuff of that nature.” Fred’s Garage, 574 Green Bay Road, is open 4:30-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit Story by Contributing Editor Jacqueline Glosniak

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