All our sandwiches served with cottage-fries and a pickle substitute french fries for $1.
Hand-Dipped Shakes & Malts
The way milk shakes and malteds were originally made.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. Scrumptious! Ask about our big kid's shakes & malts (21+ kids only please).
Pick Your Favorite or Create Your Own Combo!
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, coconut, raspberry, banana, oreo cookie, homemade creamy caramel, real peanut butter, fresh brewed coffee, dreamsicle. A Mere: Want low-fat yogurt? same low price.
Affix our soup of the day to your entree & 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 won't pay you to eat it if the temperature is less than zero. Only valid with entree, those are the rules.
R.J.'s Famous Chili
Honored in '79 as Chicago's best chili and I have been too slack to try to improve it ever since. But then, why should I? Topped with cheddar cheese and onion.
Homemade Veggie Chili
If you wan't 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 & 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 O'Food", this nacho fabrication is built up with masses of chips, chili, beans, guacamole, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and salsa.
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Corn tortilla chips covered w/ chopped Buffalo chicken, 2 melted cheeses, lettuce & tomato and an ample dribbling of our zesty ranch sauce.
R.J.'s Choice Chicken Wing Emporium
Served on a pile of fried onions.
Hot Buffalo (Really Spicy)
Super Hot Buffalo (Veritably)
The Salad & Soup Bar
Remember, no sneaking of your salad selection to your table meats or mattes.
The Salad & Soup Bar
By Itself, Alone or If You Prefer, Alone by Itself.
With Grilled Chicken Add
With a Scoop of Tuna Add
With Any Item Except an Appetizer Add
With One of My (Our) Fine Appetizers Add
World Famous Burgers
We start off by scrunching up a half pound of ground chuck & sirloin then grilling the resulting mixture to your specs and serve it with cottage fries & dull 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 & mayo & onion & pickle on it. Alone at last.
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Poblano? No problem. Zesty burger featuring fire-roasted poblano chilis, cheddar, chipotle mayo, lettuce, pickle & 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 & BBQ sauce. But here's where things get a little peculiar. It also has tomato & lettuce.
We think the name speaks for itself but if you must know. Peppercorn burger, spicy ketchup, pepperjack, smoked bacon, lettuce & tomato.
Someone had the vision to gussy up a burger w/ fried onions & 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 & tomato.
Mushroom Swiss Burger
Or is it Swissroom mushburger? I am not totally sure, but it is made with grilled mushrooms & 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 & 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 "Deluxe" with the Addition of Bacon & Tomato for 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 trip 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 & tomato on each. Then alternating slices of cheddar, Swiss & 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 shredded 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!!.
Served with cottage-fries and a pickle substitute french fries for $1.
A fowl homage to Joe & Dom over at Mr. Beef. Sliced roasted chicken dipped in au jus, w/ grilled peppers, provolone & 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 & 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 & 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 simply as BBQ & 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 top of cottage fries to make sure none of the drippings make it to the bottom of the plate.
Sunday - Dixie Fried Chicken
What's so Dixie about fried chicken? our Southern-Style batter served with mashed potatoes and slaw, I do declare!.
Fish of the 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.
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.
Choose from two fabulous flavors, orange or ruby red grapefruit
R.J.'s Best Bloody Mary & Mimosa
Because you don't want to have anything to do with my worst one. Special pricing during brunch hours only
Wake Up Shake
Yummy blend of frozen yogurt, coffee & home made caramel
(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
All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Brunch
$15.95 (if this is all you order); $7.95 (if you also order an entree); $9.95 (if you also order an appetizer). Served until 2 pm. Including but not limited to the following items:
Breakfast Chicken Sausages
Pecan Bread Pudding French Toast
Mini Belgian Waffles
Yogurt & Granola
Our Famous, Fabulous Salad Bar
Pico de gallo, pepper jack and cheddar
English Muffin Duo
Bacon, scrambled eggs & cheddar
Side O' Chicken Sausages or Grunts's Bacon
Challah, Wheat, English Muffin or Rye
Senor Grunts' Muy Delicioso Margarita
Made with a refreshing blend of Casamigos 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 or El Dorado Rum Strange huh?
Just a perfect day. Drink sangria in (by) the park. Red wine, brandy, peach liquor, fruit n' spice. Served with a plastic reed
Or as it's know in these parts, the Cook County Jackass. Invented in 1941 by John Martin (NY) and Jack Morgan (LA), to "lift the spirit to adventure". Be that as it may, we use a liberal amount of Tito's handmade vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime juice over Crushed ice with a bouquet of mint on the left and a swizzle in the midizzle
I think the right choice for whiskey is High West Double Rye. Toss in some sweet demerara, uh. Angostura & orange bitters and Peel! On the rocks w/cherry. Conservative, yet promotes public nudity
Can't decide? This perennial favorite features El Dorado Rum, strawberries (sure), lime juice and pomegranate goo with one / one independent lime riding on top with whipped cream
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.