Friday, November 16, 2007

Carlos' gets big props

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The European butter-poached lobster tail at Carlos'.

Big congrats go out to Carlos', the contemporary French cuisine sensation in Highwood. Proprietors Debbie and Carlos Nieto were just named one of 10 BEST restaurants in the nation by Zagat (Also, in 2006, Carlos' was named #1 for food in Chicago by Zagat ).

It's a major milestone for Carlos', which is also celebrating its 26th year in business this month. During November, they've been featuring special menus and chefs of the past 26 years.

They've also been highly regarded for their foie gras, which is a decadent preparation of both hot/seared (under a glass dome) and cold/terrine (on top of the glass dome). It's an amazing appetizer that's worth the drive and sure to satisfy any goose or duck liver lover. It's a bit pricy at $23.50, but worth it. If you're not into the foie, then head here for their popular Monday Night “No Corkage Fee” with your best bottle(s) of wine and pay no corkage fee, while enjoying Carlos’ a la carte menu, or special eight-course degustation menu which costs $90 (or $130 if paired with Carlos’ wines). 429 Temple, Highland Park, IL, 847-432-0770.

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