I'm not interested in the cigar, but I had to contribute an entry to the Teevy challenge. I'll settle for an invite to the next Chowhound outing (especially if it's another 24 hour one!)
I tried out a new Indian restaurant in Evanston for lunch today. Bombay Garden, 626 Church Street, in the old, much-missed, Roxy Cafe space. It just opened a couple months ago, just a few doors down from Mount Everest, which is supposedely Nepalese, but the lunch buffet seems typically Indian to me. In any case, Bombay Garden's lunch buffet made the grade for me and my foodie co-workers. I'm usually anti-veggie, but I even found 2 veggie dishes I would eat -- yellow split peas and curried mushrooms with peas. They had a chicken dish they were calling "Butter Chicken" which I hadn't seen on a buffet before. Great sauce similar in flavor to Chicken Makhani, but lighter in color. The curry goat was also a hit. My only complaint was that they put the tandoori chicken on the buffet instead of bringing it to you on a sizzling plate as most places do. It wasn't kept hot enough for my taste on the buffet. In any case, it didn't bother me enough to keep me from going back. It's also a much more spacious room that Mount Everest, which always seems so cramped.
Next, I have to tout mine and my husband's favorite Indian place up north. We're still kicking ourselves for not trying the Peacock in Vernon Hills when we moved up there 4 years ago. We just started going a few months ago and now we're regulars. They're in the strip mall across from Hawthorne Mall, SW corner of Milwaukee and Route 60. I have 3 recommendations here, although everything I've had is amazing - Mulligatawny soup, Chicken Makhani and the mango ice cream. But aside from the great food, the best part about this place is they have the lunch buffet available on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the weekdays! That's something that always bummed me out about some of the restaurants on Devon. We could never make it there for the buffet on the weekdays. Last selling point -- they manage to keep the mango ice cream on the buffet!
Last, but not least, this isn't a new place, but I couldn't find any mention of it on the board - Grandma V's Pancake House in Mundelein, corner of Route 45 and Route 176. I was surprised it wasn't mentioned as a possible replacement for Highland House bikers, but I guess it's a little off the Route 41 path. It definitely falls into your Greek family-owned diners, though. They serve breakfast all day and lunch options starting at 11:00. They also just started staying open until 10pm for dinner recently, too. The menu is big but not overwhelming. They have some very reasonably priced breakfast combos with a ton of food. I'm hooked on the Philly cheese steak, though. This could be because of the fantastic soups that come with the sandwiches. I can't state for sure if they're homemade, but they definitely taste like they are.
So there's my trifecta of reviews for today. If anyone has been to any of the 3, I'd love to hear other opinions on them.