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4250 North Marine Drive . Chicago      Telephone: 773.880.9115 @BuenaBeach4250
Text BUENA to 33733 to get our app!
Chicago restaurant entrepreneur John Grbac has another hit in the making with the new Buena Beach Bar & Grill
Dining Room 15235596537 300John Grbac, a longtime Chicago restaurant entrepreneur who was the first to pioneer Wicker Park when it was yet to be cool, has now set his sights on Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood, opening Buena Beach Bar & Grill at Imperial Towers (4250 N. Marine Drive; 773-880-9115), across from Montrose Beach at Lake Michigan. Buena Beach is an eclectic American gastropub serving made-from-scratch comfort food at extremely reasonable prices. The restaurant, housed on the main floor of a high-rise condominium building, has already gained a following among building residents and increasingly, the neighborhood.
John Grbac 15399093776_300"Our goal is to become a regular neighborhood favorite. This area is lacking in good basic food and we are confident that folks from the Buena Park neighborhood will think of Buena Beach as quite a find: A  fun, casual gastropub that serves really delicious food at very reasonable prices," said Grbac. "We're serving a wide range of styles so that our guests will have a varied selection from which to choose. Daily specials are really daily specials." Buena Beach also plans to schedule regular "pop up" fine dining with visiting chefs and wine pairings. Their popular weekend brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, Saturday and Sunday.
The restaurant is a comfortable and stylish hangout featuring a sparkling marble floor and red, black and white color scheme. Buena Beach exudes an air of pleasant sophistication that befits its attractive neighborhood, but without any pretentiousness. It's a very down-home place and guests enjoy lingering over a beverage. There are several large HDTVs and a generous bar area, making Buena Beach an excellent after work, dinner or late night place to relax and enjoy good company.
Pizza 15235387149_300The food selection is geared toward everyday favorites, and the prices are so reasonable given the high quality that guests may simply opt to enjoy a meal there rather than cook at home. Brick-oven pizza, burgers, pasta dishes, sandwiches, wraps, and numerous appetizers are all there, as well as the homemade desserts. The bar features a good selection of craft beers, wines and creative cocktails.
"We're here to serve everyone," says partner Craig McWilliams. "Guests can dine in or take out, and we're happy to cater for groups. As you would expect, we're getting plenty of pizza and burger orders which we are happy to deliver. But we're also noticing that there are many people who enjoy our dinner entrees and will take them to-go if they're in the mood to eat at home. To aid people in ordering for delivery or take-out, we've created a smartphone app. Simply text BUENA to 33733 to get our app!"

The menu begins with freshly made classic appetizers and sides that can serve as a beginning or a snack. Onion rings ($5) are crispy and the hand-cut potato fries ($3) are tasty and perfectly prepared. Other tasty choices include Hummus with Pita ($6); chunky Guacamole with Chips ($6); Chicken Tenders ($6); Fried or Grilled Calamari ($9); Buffalo Wings ($6) and Quesadillas ($7.50).
Dakos Salad and Beer 15235393309_300Salads are freshly made with top ingredients. The House Salad ($5) is a good accompaniment to any meal and features a spring mix of greens with tomatoes and cucumbers. There is also a delicious Classic Caesar Salad ($6; $8 with chicken); a fresh Caprese Salad ($6) and a Greek Dakos Salad ($7).
Guests who want a lighter sandwich can choose from three Wraps (all are $8): the Indian-spiced Chicken Tikka; the Chicken Caesar Wrap or the Grilled Vegetable Wrap. Heartier sandwiches are served with hand-cut potato fries and include baked options such as the Roast Beef & Cheddar Au Jus ($8); Turkey and Swiss ($8); and Ham and Swiss ($8). Hot sandwich choices include Italian Beef ($5, no fries); Blackened Chicken ($8); Italian Sausage ($5, no fries) and Pulled Chicken ($8). A Classic Club sandwich ($7) is also available.
Burger 15418965841_300Burger lovers can feast on several special recipes or can build their own. All burgers start with ½ lb. of ground beef and are served with the hand-cut potato fries. The basic burger is the Classic ($8). There also is a Turkey Burger ($8); the Kicker with jalapeno peppers ($8); the A1 with mushrooms and steak sauce ($8) and a vegetarian Garden Burger ($7). Guests can add their choice of cheese for $1, bacon for $2 and additional toppings for fifty cents.
Buena Beach's pizza menu starts with crispy thin-crust, brick oven, Sicilian-style 10-inch and 16-inch crusts, and is designed with the build-your-own pizza lover in mind. 10-inch cheese pizzas with one topping are only $6, and 16-inch cheese pizzas with one topping are only $9. Extra toppings, priced from fifty cents to $2, include a variety of meats and vegetables.
Entrées feature Italian and American preparations to please any palate. Italian Pastas are also house specialties. Choices include Penne Arrabiata ($8); Penne Pasta ($8); Four Cheese Ravioli in Vodka Sauce ($8); Linguini Primavera ($8); Linguini Carbonara ($9); Rigatoni Bolognese ($9) and Seafood Pasta ($13).
Chicken Parmesan 15235394129_300Italian entrées include Chicken Saltimbucco ($9); Chicken Vesuvio ($8); Chicken Parmesan ($8); Pan Seared Salmon Florentine ($12); Pan Seared Whitefish Florentine ($12); Chicken Limon ($9); and Chicken Marsala ($9). American entrees include Baked Whitefish ($9); Skirt Steak ($10); and Pork Chop ($9).
The house-made desserts are excellent and surprisingly inexpensive, all priced at $3.50: Tiramisu, Chocolate Layer Cake and a selection of homemade ice creams are the signature items.Tiramisu 15399090166_300

About Buena Beach Bar & Grill

Buena Beach Bar & Grill, located in Imperial Towers at 4250 N. Marine Drive in Chicago (773-880-9115) is an eclectic American casual gastropub. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner service on Sunday goes until 9 p.m. Buena Beach Bar & Grill accepts all major cards. Limited parking is available in the garage at 4250 N. Marine Drive. For more information, please contact the restaurant at (773) 880-9115.
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