210 Live (210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, IL 60040; 847-433-0304) continues to grow in popularity as the North Shore’s most exciting live music and entertainment venue. With the addition of new Chef Peter McCarthy, 210 Live has upped its culinary game, making a visit to this nightclub and restaurant a wonderful dining experience for music lovers.
“With Peter McCarthy heading our kitchen, we have made 210 Live even better, offering a true supper club experience,” said Judy Shatkin, co-owner. “We’re bringing back the days when you could enjoy a full evening of great food and great music, all in one place. 210 Live offers a modern, casual experience that turns a romantic date or a gathering of friends into a perfect night out.”
Chef McCarthy has been a regular guest of 210 Live since it opened, and when an opening for the chef position became available, he jumped on the chance. “I love 210 and working here is truly in my heart—I put a lot of love in my food,” he said. “My goal is to make the food at 210 the best in Highwood, hands down.”
McCarthy has re-thought 210 Live’s food program so that it is appealing and satisfying, yet reasonably priced. Everything is freshly made from scratch. He has also streamlined the menu and the kitchen operation so that food is prepared and served to customers quickly. Since the club also attracts groups for private events, in re-doing the menu he wanted to make sure that the menu items were scalable—although, as a broadly experienced chef and restaurateur who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he can create virtually any customized menu to meet the needs of party planners.
“Barbecue and good music have always gone together. 210 Live boasts an outstanding, high-volume wood smoker, so barbecue, smoked to perfection every day, is at the front and center of our food program,” said McCarthy. “I am passionate about barbecue and have worked in some great barbecue restaurants, including Sweet Baby Ray’s in Wood Dale, and so I have elevated the quality of all our smoked meats.” 210’s guests can enjoy House Smoked Wings as a starter, plus a delicious BBQ Brisket Sandwich, a half or full slab of slow smoked Baby Back Ribs, a slow-smoked Half Chicken, or a Smoked BBQ Brisket Dinner. 210 Live also offers online ordering and curbside pickup for its barbecue and side dishes, so folks can enjoy them at home.
But barbecue is only one of the many choices available on 210 Live’s new dinner menu. Chef McCarthy’s collection of very sharable starters includes a Crab Cake, Maryland-style, 100% blue crab, pan seared on a bed of coleslaw with Cajun remoulade ($16); Vegan Guacamole, Hass avocados, diced onions, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, fresh lime, with tri-color corn tortilla chips ($10.50); Bacon Wrapped Dates, Marcona almond-stuffed dates wrapped with cherry wood smoked bacon, and red pepper puree ($12); Tuna Poke, ahi tuna cucumber, avocado, wasabi, sea salt, guava, tamari soy, sesame oil, toasted macadamia nuts ($13.50); and Shrimp Cocktail, jumbo wild gulf shrimp on a bed of arugula with house-made cocktail sauce and lemons ($16.50). Lovers of French Fries will enjoy the hand cut Idaho potatoes, served with garlic aioli—choice of sea salt or truffle parmesan. A daily homemade soup also is available in cup and bowl sizes ($4/$6).
Salad options on the new menu include a Classic Caesar Salad, with romaine hearts, Pecorino Romano cheese, croutons and homemade Caesar dressing ($10); Chopped Salad, with romaine, buttermilk blue cheese crumbles, avocado, bacon, tomato, cucumber, served with buttermilk ranch or lemon vinaigrette ($10; add grilled chicken $5, mahi-mahi $8, grilled shrimp $8); and a Vegan Israeli Platter with hummus, baba ghanouj an Israeli salad of cucumber, tomatoes and parsley, and pita bread ($11). The House Salad is an excellent accompaniment to any meal, made with romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, buttermilk blue cheese crumbles, with choice of chipotle ranch dressing or white balsamic vinaigrette ($7).
210 Live’s sandwiches are hearty and satisfying. In addition to the BBQ Brisket Sandwich (smoked beef brisket on a potato bun, housemade coleslaw and BBQ chips ($16), guests can choose a Crab Cake Sandwich on a brioche bun with Cajun remoulade and BBQ Chips ($17.50); Beef Sliders, two sliders prepared with grass-fed ground beef, pimento cheese, bread and butter pickles, Hawaiian slider buns and housemade BBQ chips ($16); Grilled Chicken Sandwich, with lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo on brioche bread with housemade BBQ chips and coleslaw, and bread and butter pickles ($11). Everyone will love the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger served with lettuce, tomato, pickles on a toasted potato bun and hand cut French fries ($15).
Main courses at 210 Live are exciting. Barbecue fans can choose the slow-smoked Half Chicken, served with fries and coleslaw ($16.50) or the Smoked BBQ Brisket Dinner with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus ($19.50). Other main dishes include Jambalaya, a classic Cajun rice dish with andouille sausage and Louisiana-style BBQ wild-caught red shrimp ($17); Fish Tacos, sautéed mahi-mahi, cabbage salad, chipotle cream sauce, flour tortillas ($15); or Mahi-Mahi served with mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus in a lemon caper sauce ($20).
Once you’re on the dance floor, don’t forget to take a breather and sit down to enjoy one of Chef McCarthy’s luscious desserts ($8-9), which include an Apple Tart, a Three-Layer Chocolate Cake, a Coconut Bread Pudding with Myers rum, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae, and dessert specials such as the Death by Chocolate flourless chocolate cake currently on the menu.
The new Happy Hour features expanded hours, half-price drinks and no cover, Wednesday through Friday
210 Live’s Happy Hour begins at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, starting November 1. Happy Hour features half-price cocktails and no cover charge. Chef McCarthy also is developing some new small plates for Happy Hour, to be introduced soon.
NEW AT 210! Order BBQ Online for Pickup!
Now available! Order Chef Peter’s incredible BBQ is available for pickup at 210 on our website! Delicious dry-rub, pit smoked chicken or ribs, brisket dinners, and much more! Order here!
Now is the time to book your Holiday Party at 210 Live
The holidays are quickly approaching and 210 has holiday packages to suit all needs! Enjoy delicious food, drink packages, incredible live music, and more! Grab your group and play your party today! Here are five good reasons to host your event at 210 Live:
The Vibe. You can feel it when you’re in the room and it feels good.
Parties. 210 Live is a room of activity and movement and makes for great parties of all types including holiday parties.
The Sound. 210’s professional grade sound system makes for a high-fidelity sound experience.
The Music. 210’s owner, Judy Night, is a musician and runs the booking, only booking the highest quality bands locally and nationally.
The Food. 210 Live’s Chef Peter McCarthy, in his 3 months at 210, has won awards at Highwood’s Bloody Mary Fest with his “winged” bloodys, and at Highwood’s Garlic Fest with his 18-hour smoked garlic-studded brisket sliders. Patrons are loving the new and improved dining experience.
Musicians: 210 Live is an ideal place to record a live album, produce a video or host a CD Release Party!
With its state-of-the-art recording capabilities, large stage, excellent sound system and stage lighting—not to mention its stylish, funky vibe, 210 Live is ideal for artists seeking a place to record live or host a CD Release party! We can provide a complete technical crew, while your audience parties with great food and drinks! Contact 210 Live to learn more.
About 210 Live
210 Live, located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food enthusiasts, and neighbors—an inviting, comfortable and stylish environment where singles, couples and families escape from their everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Live is open 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, please visit https://210live.com or call (847) 433-0304.
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