Out to lunch: Happy noodle year
3524 S. Peoria Ave.
By lunchtime after New Year’s, some people will still be celebrating with friends and family, while others will be celebrating with co-workers and business partners. If you’re enjoying the beginning of a new year at work, share a social lunch at Keo, where the food is prepared with three important consumer trends in mind: health, variety and the growing demand for Asian cuisine.
Keo’s menu is influenced by several Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia, providing customers with a true taste of Asia. There’s a little bit of everything — from the traditional, such as beef and broccoli, to the modern.
Sure, every Asian takeout spot has beef and broccoli on the menu. But rather than settling for conventional flavors, Keo uses a sweet oyster vinegar sauce to liven up the dish. For more modern fare, Keo offers an Ahi tuna burger seasoned with oysters, lemongrass and garlic, served with taro fries and a Siracha aioli.
Or try a piping-hot plate of Keo’s delicious pad Thai. This dish is stir-fried to perfection with a tasty array of vegetables, such as carrots, bean sprouts, celery and scallions, tossed with rice noodles and a spiced peanut sauce with your choice of tofu, chicken or beef.
Keo is just what you need to give a delightful start to the new year.
201 N. Main St.
To celebrate New Year’s Eve, Brady Tavern chef Grant Vespasian created a special three-course menu of appetizers, entrées and desserts. On the menu were dishes such as lobster bisque, New York strip steak frites with a lobster and béarnaise topping, and a flourless chocolate torte with a Chablis-raspberry sauce.
Missed it? Too busy watching the ball drop in New York City? That’s OK. Brady Tavern still has a lunch menu to help you start 2012 on a tasty note.
When you arrive at the Tavern, keep in mind that macaroni and cheese is a staple of American cuisine. Enjoy it alongside a cup of warm tomato bisque instead of the classic grilled cheese sandwich to satisfy the craving for a little cheesy goodness. This version of “mac ’n’ cheese” is made with five different kinds of cheese (some you’ll recognize; others you won’t): cheddar, Monterey Jack, fontina, gouda, white cheddar and Velveeta.
If it’s a hearty sandwich you want, try the Tavern club, served on house-baked honey wheat bread with frites. For a healthier choice, try the farmers’ market quiche served with tavern greens or the fish and chips made using a crusted barramundi and served with sauce gribiche.
Sharing a pleasant lunch feast with friends and family at the Brady Tavern is another great way to start 2012.