the way milk shakes and malteds were originally made. real hand-dipped ice cream, real milk, and tons of great goodies to flavor them up just the way people liked them. ask about our big kid's shakes and malts (21+ plus kids only please).
affix our soup of the day to your entree and add only the equivalent of today's lakeside thermometer reading to your tab with these two caveats. it doesn't come with the salad bar, we don't pay you to eat it if the temperature is less than zero.
R.J.'s Famous Chili
honored in '79 as chicago's best chili and i have been to slack to try to improve it ever since. but then, why should i? topped with cheddar cheese and onion.
Homemade Veggie Chili
if you want that extra stuff on top you'll have to ask for it. as far as the oyster crackers are concerned, you'll get some whether you like it or not.
French Onion Soup
a classic french recipe but i switched to spanish onions because they're not as bitter, and swiss cheese on top because it's more neutral. and it taste better.
R.J.'s Pickle Fries
two thousand years of civilization and it's all come down to this. fried pickles. but they are so good can we all agree to just get over it?
sure, you can find a decent onion ring in chicago. but are they stacked on a stick!?
Chips, Salsa And Guacamole
home (restaurant) made white tortilla chips. as opposed to those el-cheapo, spineless, yellow factory made ones.
great snack for cheese lovers featuring 2 different kinds of cheese and a lot of salsa and sour cream.
Make'em Blackened Chicken For$2.00
previously known as "the great pile of food", this nacho fabrication is built up with masses of chips, beans, guacamole, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and salsa.
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
corn tortilla chips covered with chopped buffalo chicken, 2 melted cheeses, lettuce and tomato and an ample dribbling of our zesty ranch sauce.
R.j.'s Choice Chicken Wing Emporium
served on a pie of fried onions.
Hot Buffalo (Really Spicy)
Super Hot Buffalo (Veritably)
The Salad And Soup Bar
Salad And Soup Bar
With Grilled Chicken$4.95
With A Scoop Of Tuna$4.95
With Any Item Except An Appetizer$8.95
With One Of My (our) Fine Appetizers$9.95
World Famous Burger
we start off by scrunching up a half pound of ground chuck and sirloin then grilling the resulting mixture to your specs and serve it with cottage fries and dill pickle. sub french fries for an extra - $1, sweet potato fries for - $2.
you name the cheese, we pretty much got it covered. covered, get it?
if i was marooned on a desert island with just one burger, this is the one i would pick cause it would have cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo and onion and pickle on it. alone at last.
Green Chile Cheeseburger
poblano? no problemo. zesty burger featuring fire-roasted poblano chilis, cheddar, chipotle mayo, lettuce, pickle and red onion. corona on the side? maybe.
Better Bacon Cheddar Burger
available elsewhere but their bacon isn't home smoked and their cheddar is that crappy two day old stuff.
Hickory Bacon Cheddar Burger
easy to remember cause it has the same elements as "bacon cheddar burger" plus fried onions and bbq sauce. but here's where things get a little peculiar. it also has tomato and lettuce.
we think the name speaks for itself but if you must know. peppercorn burger, spicy ketchup, pepperjack, smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato.
someone had the vision to gussy up a burger with fried onions and bleu cheese back in 1971. me! and to this day, no one will let me forget it.
interesting change of pace for pepper lovers that also contains bleu cheese, fried onions and lettuce and tomato.
Mushroom Swiss Burger
or is it swissroom mushburger? im not totally sure, but it is made with grilled mushrooms and swiss cheese. or is it?
do you ever get a craving for one of these? maybe it's the rye bread, or it's the sauteed onions or american cheese. or maybe it's just patty.
this beefless burger is no chicken when it joins up with tomato, lettuce and swiss cheese to fight for freedom, justice and thousand island dressing.
fake out your mouth and stick to your diet all at the same time. served with pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, salsa and a honey oat wheat bun.
served with cottage-fries and a pickle. substitute french fries for $1.
a west coast treat featuring crispy chicken, lots of chopped bacon, cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomato and flying lizard ranch dressing.
kind of like the crispy buffalo chicken sandwich minus the sandwich but plus bleu cheese. and the colossal tortilla of course.
Santa Fe Wrap
all pastor marinated chicken cinched up with pico de gallo, pepper jack, guacamole, chipotle mayo and lettuce.
the cheesiest sandwich in chicago. 2 slices of swiss over 2 slices of cheddar or vice versa. make it a "deluxe" with the addition of bacon and tomato for $1 extra.
few people give me credit for the invention of this popular sandwich and for good reason. all that aside, i still like ours best.
The Vintage Tuna
take a drip down memory lane with this old-fangled bit of culinary history. remember the 1st time you had one? was it this big and gooey? probably not.
Tuna Melt Trio
begin with 3 english muffin halves with a pile of tuna salad and tomato on each. then alternating slices of cheddar, swiss and pepper jack so it's like having three different sandwiches all for the price of one.
for those who would rather eat a turkey club than belong to one.
Bbq Pork Sandwich
lincoln park styled shreaded bbq, served on our unique bread that looks like a hot dog bun, but it tastes like challah.
French Dip Enigma
starts out credibly enough with tender roast beef, au jus and horseradish sauce. but here's what's so totally confounding, it's served on italian garlic bread!!
Fish And Chips
beer battered icelandic cod, cottage fries, tartar and cocktail sauce.
served with cottage-fries and a pickle substitute french fries for $1.
a fowl homage to joe and dom over at mr. beef. sliced roasted chicken dipped in au jus, with grilled peppers, provolone and spicy giardiniera.
im not sure i really want to know what buffalo style is but i do know that this crispy chicken sandwich contains lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun.
a mardi gras for the mouth. seared chicken with blackened cajun spices, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato. when you get your sandwich, raise the top of your sesame seed bun and show us your chicken!
chicken breast marinated in bbq sauce, grilled, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and fried onions yet more bbq sauce and served on a sesame seed bun.
significant pile of deep, batter fried chicken tenders served with two profound dipping sauces known as bbq and ranch. or jack them up a notch and ask for buffalo style.
served after 4:00 pm.
Monday - Taco Plato
every monday is cinco de mayo at r.j.s. choice of chicken or fish, mexican rice, pico de gallo, jalapeno infused cabbage and salsa.
Tuesday - Barbecue Boneless Pork Ribs
a fork tender homage to our saturday special without all the mess. served with coleslaw, cottage fries and a lot less napkins.
Wednesday - Country Chicken
you come for that mouth-watering pan-fried chicken but it's the (drool) mac n' cheese that's got you hooked. oh yes!
Thursday - Pot Roast
meat and potatoes cuisine at its best. juicy braised beef with the obligatory mashed potatoes and carrots.
Friday - Carne Asada
our favorite spanish beef dinner with beans, rice, tortillas, guacamole and chargrilled jalapenos and green onions.
Saturday - Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
dry rubbed pork ribs with my secret sauce laid on a stack of fries to make sure none of the drippings make it to the bottom of the plate.
Sunday - Dixie Pan Fried Chicken
what is a dixie pan? is it like giving a movie a bad review with mashed potatoes in your mouth? here's your chance to find out, i do declare!
Fish Of Day
sometimes it's fish from the sea and sometimes it's from some place else. i don't know. it's complicated. ask your server. a.q.
Merkts Cheese Sauce
Sweet Potato Fries
Mac And Cheese
All You Can Eat Weekend Brunch
if this is all you order $15.95, if you also as an entree $9.95, if you also order an appetizer $10.95. served until 2 pm. including but not limited to the following items:
Breakfast Chicken Sausages
Bagel And Cream Cheese
Pecan Bread Pudding French Toast
Mini Beligian Waffles
Yogurt And Granola
Our Famous, Fabulous Salad Bar
pico de gallo, pepper-jack and cheddar.
English Muffin Duo
bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar.
Irish Steel-Cut Oatmeal
served with raisins and brown sugar
Side O' Chicken Sausages Or Grunts's Bacon
challah, wheat, english muffin or rye.
Soda, Pop And Soda Pop
Happy Grape Juice
White And Sparkling
Blue Moon (Co)
Stella Artois (Belgium)
Lagunitas "lah-goo-knee-tuss" Ipa (Ca)
3 Floyds Gumballhead (In)
3 Floyds Seasonal Brew (In)
pint or pitcher: a.q.
Goose Island Seasonal (IL)
pint or pitcher: a.q.
Bell's Seasonal Brew (Mi)
pint or pitcher: a.q.
Bottles And Cans
ask about our weekly specials.
Pbr Tall Boys 16 Oz. (Wi)
Bud And Bud Light Cans (Mo)
Miller High Life And Miller Lite (Wi)
Coors Light (Co)
Shiner Bock (Tx)
Fat Tire (Co)
Amstel Light (Holland)
Leffe Blonde (Belgium)
Crispin Hard Cider (Mn)
Goose Island Sofie (IL)
root beer regular and lo-cal, cream soda, orange cream.
Senor Grunts' Muy Delicioso Margarita
made with a refreshing blend of sauza hornitos tequila, organic agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice. served on the rocks. salt optional.
"pina" is latin for faucet and "colada" is an old aztec recipe for braised turkey. neither really have anything to do with pineapple, coconut, 10 cane rum or grand marnier. strange huh?
invented by a singapore bartender named tung boon in 1915. features gin, benedictine, lime, pineapple and combier. this is actually true.
just a perfect day. drink sangria in (by) the park. red wine, brandy, peach liquor, fruit n' spice. served with a plastic reed.
Sloe Gin Fizzz
the down-tempo version of the new orleans fizz family of fine gassy concoctions. invented by henry ramos in 1888, our model features sloe gin (really?) and other stuff i can't talk about cause it's like secret.
this creamy cocktail has been around forever but its derivation is usually suppressed in polite company for obvious reasons.
created in 1639 by chico suarez in boa vista, brazil as a method for keeping his performing monkey edwardo lucid.
choose from two fabulous flavors, orange or ruby red grapefruit.
R.J.'s Best Bloody Mary
because you don't want to have anything to do with my worst one.
Wake Up Shake
yummy blend of frozen yogurt, coffee and home made caramel.
B.Y.O.C.D. (build your own coffee drink)
you pick a liqueur, we brew some coffee. st. brendan's, licor 43, frangelico, jameson, amaretto disaronno, sambuca and kahlua are at your disposal.
Please note that any menu item notated as gluten-free may have specific modifications from our regular menu. Please advise the restaurant of any dietary restrictions and allergies when dining in or placing a carry out order. Please note menu items and pricing are subject to change.
The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Happily for all of us, the best eating of that day continues to be some of the best today.
While there's a huge menu that's as much fun to eat your way through as it is to read, many of Grunts' old favorites spark return visits. The burgers are arguably the best in town. The salad bar boasts more than 50 ingredients daily, from soups to pudding. Giant malts and milkshakes are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of colors, and fresh-squeezed juices range from apple to wheatgrass. Oh! Don't forget the barbecued baby back ribs! Grunts has sold so many that, if put end to end, they would stretch all the way to someplace else and back a lot of times.