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Eclectic menu, large portions star at Grand Lux Cafe
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Eclectic menu, large portions star at Grand Lux Cafe

Visitors to Chicago who are looking for a filling meal will have their appetites satisfied at Grand Lux Cafe.

The restaurant, which opened at 600 N. Michigan Ave. in 2002, is still offering a diverse menu of big portions featuring flavors from around the globe.

The first Grand Lux Cafe opened in Las Vegas' Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. Chicago's eatery was the second in the country.

The brainchild of the founders of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe  specializes in recipes from all corners of the world, including Asian, Latin, Italian, European and American fare.

Its Chicago location is comfortable and has a bit of a fun, whimsical feel. Diners may sit in the bar area or in dining rooms sporting different decor. For a Magnificent Mile view, guests may dine in the room that overlooks Michigan Avenue. That room is bright with a modern, colorful mural on its wall.

Once the menu is brought to the table, guests will likely have a hard time choosing. Food categories include Appetizers, Salads, Pastas and Pizzas, Burgers and Sandwiches, Grand Casual Cuisine, Steaks and Seafood, Sides, Desserts and Beverages.

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Among standout items are the BBQ Ribs, which are a big seller; Miso Glazed Salmon; Crispy Calamari, featuring a light batter; a hearty Wedge Salad; a Warm Brownie Sundae; and New Orleans Beignets.

Guests shouldn't pass up the beignets as they are a substantial portion with great flavor. They are served with three sauces — chocolate, raspberry and vanilla.

Other menu items at Grand Lux Cafe include Buffalo Chicken Rolls; Crispy Thai Shrimp and Chicken Spring Rolls; Asian Short Rib Tacos; Short Rib Ravioli; Greek Beet Salad; and Grand Lux Burger Melt.

Whatever one chooses to order, there'll be plenty of leftovers for lunch or dinner. For more information, visit grandluxcafe.com.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.

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