Best Bites: Lenten specials

Printed in The Daily Journal Feb. 15, 2013

For Christians, Lent is a time to prepare for Easter and to think about their relationship with God. With many abstaining from meat during this time, here are some Lenten specials to consider:

· St. Anne Catholic Church will host four fish frys this season: today, Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22. Times are from 5 to 7 p.m. and the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger. Fried or baked pollock, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, dessert and beverage are included. One-quarter cheese pizza, chips and dessert will also be available for $4.

St. Anne Catholic Church is at 230 N. Sixth Ave., St Anne.

· St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s men’s group is hosting its Lenten fish fry from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Legion Community Center, 102 S. Oak St., Herscher. The fish dinner is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 eat free. Shrimp dinners (one serving) are available for $8.50.

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Margie Johnston, of Kankakee, called to say the Bradley Moose Lodge still is serving breakfast the first and third Sunday each month. The menu includes made-to-order omelets, waffles and pancakes plus a drink for $7.

Also at the Moose is the Wednesday night dinner buffet or fried chicken dinner. Specials include pork roast, pasta, Swiss steak, country fried chicken or meatloaf for less than $10 per person.

Friday night dinner guests can order a variety of steaks and other menu items. Don’t forget the second Friday of the month the Moose offers a prime rib special, too.

After dinner, guests can kick up their heels and dance to a live band. Margie said the Bradley Moose Lodge has the best dance floor in the county. Bands play everything from rock ‘n roll to country. One band, Variety Pak, even plays ballroom music and rock.

Lenten specials at the Moose include many fish specials, such as the endless fish basket and baked fish.

Did you know you can also book weddings, showers, parties or reunions at the Moose? Call Margie at 815-937-4048 to learn more.

The Bradley Moose Lodge is at 730 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley. Call 815-939-3636.

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Sunday breakfast at Tucci’s has become so popular that owner Joe Armenise now is serving breakfast on Saturday, too, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests also can order off the regular menu beginning at 11 a.m.

If you haven’t tried Tucci’s breakfast items – go. They are wonderful. I really enjoyed the savory palermo with Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, olive oil, broccoli and cracked garlic. The potatoes were served with their skins on and were delicately seasoned.

My husband, Dave, enjoyed the Italiano pan omelet with grilled Italian sausage, sliced portabella mushrooms, black olives, melted provolone cheese and just a touch of sauce. It was superb. Both of us enjoyed the mimosas, too.

During the Lenten season, Tucci’s is also offering plenty of fresh fish specials — orange roughy, fresh walleye and, for a few dollars more, an all-you-can-eat walleye platter.

Need gluten-free? Tucci’s now has gluten-free pizza, breads and a flourless chocolate torte.

The restaurant has extended bar hours, as well. Sunday through Thursday, the restaurant is open until 9 p.m. with the bar open until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open until 10 p.m. with the bar open until 11 p.m. Munchies will be set out for bar patrons.

Tucci’s is at 1560 N. state Route 50, Bourbonnais (near Northfield Square mall). Call 815-929-1875, check out www.tuccisitalian.com or follow them on Facebook

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I received this recommendation from Larry and Shari Ohm, Grant Park. They were raving about Rigo’s Cafe: “Larry and I just returned from our first trip to Rigo’s Cafe. Our meal was delicious. Larry had pork tenderloin — a very generous portion — served with a twice-baked potato. The pork was in an excellent wine sauce. I enjoyed the Poulet Bleu — a thin-pounded chicken breast [served] over homemade mashed potatoes with vegetables and a bleu cheese sauce. Yummy. Each entree included a salad or soup plus dinner rolls that taste homemade. The value is incredible, as well. Great service, too.”

Thanks, Shari, for your recommendation.

Rigo’s Café is at 2005 W. Court St., Kankakee. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Sunday. Call 815-802-1200 or check out the new website — rigoscafe.com — for lunch and dinner menus and more.

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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