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mokenamessenger.com dining out the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 27 The Dish Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits community involvement for success Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits its success to being involved in the communities it serves. For almost 38 years, Pop’s has continued to grow not only in locations and menu items but also in building connections with its customers. Pop’s has 15 locations across the suburbs, and each one is involved in its communities and sponsors various events. Kacie Dancy, VP of operations and owner Frank Radochonski’s daughter works at the original Pop’s location in Palos Heights and said the restaurant supports the local baseball and softball teams, sponsors reading programs at the local schools and library, and gives out coupons for free hot dogs on Halloween to children. Other Pop’s locations, including the one in Tinley Park, has fundraiser nights for local sports teams, churches and schools, and even gives schools coupons for free hot dogs to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, according to franchisee Burke Matyas. “I’ve always believed in supporting the small guy,” Matyas said. “We’re a small mom and pop shop, so [it’s important] to give back to the community, knowing they support me.” Not only do customers keep coming back because of the support they receive from Pop’s but also, of course, for the staples of the restaurant. The famous Italian beef ($5.29) is sliced, cooked and served fresh daily. The beef is served on 6-inch French bread, and customers can add Pop’s homemade giardiniera or sweet peppers. “Everything that goes on [the Italian beef] I think my dad has tried really hard to pair our giardiniera and our sweet peppers to match the flavors,” Dancy said. “A lot of the same seasonings are used between the peppers and the beef, so they compliment each other really well.” Dancy also said the hot dog ($2.99) is another crowd favorite. The hot dog is Pop’s brand, and customers cannot get it the same anywhere else. The Chicago-style dog comes with tomato, relish, mustard, pickle, sport peppers and celery salt, and it is served on a seedless bun. Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage features its homemade giardiniera atop one of the beef sandwiches that helped make it famous. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media It is the only menu item that comes wrapped in Pop’s famous french fries. When Pop’s was first founded by her father and grandmother almost 38 years ago, the only items on the menu were hamburgers, hot dogs and beef sandwiches. Over the years, chicken has been incorporated into the menu, like the grilled chicken breast on a pita ($4.79), which is one of Dancy’s favorites. There also are six different salads from which to choose, as well as an Italian sausage ($4.25) that can come with red sauce, sweet peppers and/or au jus. Let Schaaf Window ® show you what over 50 YEARS in the industry can do for your shower! Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage • 7153 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights • 14279 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park • 9400 W. 159th St. in Orland Park • 7301 W. 183rd St. in Tinley Park • 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport • 11336 Lincoln Highway in Mokena For more information ... Web: www.popsbeef.com Around the time of St. Patrick’s Day, the corned beef on rye ($5.19) or Reuben on rye ($5.75) become available at various franchisees, but the Palos Heights location serves them year-round. Nothing lets life into your home like products from Schaaf Window ® . 708.342.0900 www.schaafwindow.com | 18445 Thompson Ct. Tinley Park, IL 60477 | Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

28 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger puzzles mokenamessenger.com crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur Across 1. Jaeger bird 5. Poetry on a grand theme 9. Glee club 14. Like a wet noodle 15. Verdant 16. Exterminator’s quarry 17. Kuwaiti 18. __ no good 19. In spite of the fact, shortly 20. Male cat 21. Mokena youth softball team nickname 23. ‘’La Dolce ___’’ (Fellini film) 25. Govt. workplace watchdog 26. Law and Order version 29. Promote 32. Music downloader 34. Mexican musicians 39. Food compilation 40. Genesis brother 41. Soviet Union labor camp 43. Regan’s father 44. Yard pest 45. As a rule 47. Kind of gown 50. Isaac’s firstborn 51. Canadian city, abbr. 52. Mokena is part of this county 55. Thingy 58. Scavenger kitty 61. 180° turn, slangily 63. “That’s hogwash!” 66. Board partner 67. Oceanic raptor 68. Cankers 69. A while back 70. Old French coins 71. Shot 72. ‘’Time ___ My Side’’ (Stones song) 73. “Hey, there!” Down 1. Fence piece 2. Bolshoi rival 3. Type of taste 4. Police alert, for short 5. Jewish month 6. Kind of platter 7. Prefix with -pathy 8. TV Guide listings 9. Necktie 10. Financial predicament 11. Quaker cereal 12. First person in Germany 13. Sweater letter 21. Cake with a kick 22. Yellowfin tuna 24. Followed 26. Look of contempt 27. Corrupt 28. Bad loan 30. Cardiology chart, for short 31. Calendar abbr. 33. Two dots placed over a vowel 34. Rumba relative 35. Cancel an event or meeting 36. Started a fire again 37. French Guiana’s Royale, e.g. 38. Learned one 42. Astronaut Grissom 46. Café au ___ 48. Unafraid 49. Rapper prefix 53. The king of France 54. Center of Beaujolais country 56. Mozart is on some of them 57. Maitre d’s offerings 58. Those in favor? 59. 2017 animated movie 60. Dinner starter ender 62. Tomorrow’s opposite, abbr. 63. Chinese food additive 64. “She loves __” Beatles 65. Before, in poetry 67. Clairvoyance, e.g. MOKENA The Alley Grill and Tap House (18700 S. Old LaGrange Road, Mokena; (708) 478- 3610) ■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke Fox’s Restaurant and Pub (11247 W. 187th St., Mokena; (708) 478-8888) ■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Performance by Jerry Eadie Jenny’s Southside Tap (10160 191st St., Mokena; (708) 479-6873) ■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic Avenue NEW LENOX Little Joe’s Restaurant (1300 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox; (815) 463- 1099) ■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Piano Styles by Joe HOMER GLEN Front Row (14903 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen; (708) 645- 7000) ■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Trivia FRANKFORT Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill (21000 Frankfort Square Road, Frankfort; (815) 464-8100) ■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays: Free N’ Fun Bar Game. Free to play. LOCKPORT Port Noir (900 S. State St., Lockport; (815) 834- 9463) ■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-Friday: Happy Hour The Outpost Pub & Grill (14929 Archer Ave., Lockport; (815) 836- 8893) ■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Live DJ and Karaoke Strike N Spare II (811 Northern Drive, Lockport; (708) 301- 1477) ■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mondays: Quartermania To place an event in The Scene, email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. answers How to play Sudoku Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. LEVEL: Medium Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan