Grand Duke's Restaurant
Lithuanian-American comfort food in Downers Grove
Sheer variety at Grand Duke’s Restaurant, recently opened at 980 W. 75th St. in Downers Grove (708 594 5622) belies the traditional meat-and-potatoes reputation of Eastern European fare. Here, whether it’s the caviar crêpes served with a vodka shot, the oven-roasted beet and goat cheese salad, or the whole brook trout topped with sautéed vegetables, there’s plenty on the menu to fill the imagination as well as the appetite.
Inspired by Polish, Bavarian and Lithuanian comfort foods, most everything here is made from scratch. That includes the borshch soup of blended beets with meatballs, the salads with house-crafted dressings and the pierogies and potato dumplings. Popular entrées are the Schweinshaxen — a pork shank braised in natural juices and served with sauerkraut; the Bavarian meatloaf with wild mushroom sauce; the lamb osso bucco; and the authentic Hungarian Goulash.
Desserts, too, are rich and varied, be it the apple strudel, the moist honey cakes or the Spurgos — Lithuanian curd cheese donuts with a trio of dipping sauces. To finish, try one of the many imported scotches and ryes, all served over an ice ball.Edit Module