Best Bites: Touting Tucci’s

Don’t let the current road construction prevent you from going to Tucci’s. Some wonderful things are happening there right now, including Sunday breakfast. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can enjoy wonderful breakfast treats.

At the top of Tucci’s breakfast menu is the quote: ” Chi mangia bene, vive bene” or “he who eats well, lives well.” And believe me, if you eat breakfast at Tucci’s, you will eat well.

Included on the breakfast menu are items such as Italian fritattas — open-face, slow-baked Italian style omelets — in four varieties: peasant style, with mushrooms and tomatoes; vegetable style with artichokes, spinach and roasted red peppers; Tuscan style with Italian sausage, green peppers and portabella mushrooms; and margharita style with tomatoes, basil and spinach.

Tucci’s also offers eggs Benedict in four versions: Traditional with two halves of an English muffin topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce; crab Benedict; the Farmer’s Benedict, which is served with ham and sausage gravy over the top; and Benedict Royale that includes fresh, poached eggs served over an extra large English muffin topped with grilled chicken breast, broccoli and Hollandaise sauce.

Try the pecan French toast. Made with Italian bread, it’s loaded with pecans, cinnamon and caramel, dipped in special pancake batter and deep fried.

The pancakes also are homemade at Tucci’s, as are the sausage patties and corned beef hash.

Or try the breakfast burritos or breakfast pizza by the slice. You also can order a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa to start your breakfast off right.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Tucci’s offers its regular menu items. A pasta bar is featured every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Choose sauce and additions, and chefs prepare your pasta your way.

Tucci’s is located at 1560 N. state Route 50, Bourbonnais (just west of Northfield Square mall). For more information, call 815-929-1875, check out www.tuccisitalian.com or follow them on Facebook.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Heading south to The Longbranch in L’Erable, you’ll find something new. The restaurant now will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Try one of their Build-a-Burger Baskets. A basket starts with a 1/3-pound, housemade, hand-pattied burger crafted from a combination of ground Black Angus, rib eye and prime rib, served with a side of fries and a pickle spear for $5.

The Longbranch is located at 2713 N. 1500E Road, Clifton. Phone 815-694-9748. Reservations are highly recommended or plan on a 40-45 minute wait. Also, The Longbranch doesn’t accept credit or debit cards, just cash or checks. There is an ATM in the bar.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. A full menu is served Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Off the Vine in Momence is announcing its new Off the Vine Mini, which opened for the holiday season at Northfield Square mall. The kiosk is located across from Bath & Body Works and carries 40 to 50 different Illinois wines. Additionally, Off the Vine Mini will offer Blue Sky olive oil and, for the kids, August Hill concord grape juice.

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Where do you enjoy going for a romantic dinner, a warm, festive drink, conversation by the fire or for just enjoying the decorations during the holidays? Send your recommendations to bestbites@daily-journal.com and I’ll share them with readers.

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Don’t forget Let’s Eat Out, our online restaurant directory and coupons portal. Go to www.i57life.com/letseatout for printable coupons, menus and special offers. While you’re there, check out the deals. This week I recommend Aurelio’s Pizzeria, 1600 N. Convent St., Bourbonnais. Download a coupon for $4 off any food purchase of $25 or more at the Bourbonnais store.

Best Bites appears every Friday in The Daily Journal. Tinker Parker can be reached at 815-802-5101, at bestbites@daily-journal.com, or follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/TDJBestBites.

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