2Toots Train Whistle Grill
We might as well admit it: the food isn't really
the focus at most of Chicagoland's choo-choo restaurants. We go for
the ambiance, the transportation-inspired décor, the model trains
delivering food to the tables. And for kids, that's enough.
But wouldn't it be great if a choo-choo restaurant
actually tried to provide healthier food along with the
That's the new emphasis at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill
(locations in Glen Ellyn and Bartlett), which recently introduced
hamburgers, hot dogs and chili made with meat from the Tallgrass
Beef Company. Tallgrass, founded by newsman Bill Kurtis, produces
beef that is 100 percent grass-fed, all-natural, and preservative
and hormone free.
I took my nephew, a choo-choo fanatic, to test out the new
food. In addition to his healthier hot dog, he was able to select a
fruit cup instead of the normal fries and organic milk to go along
with it. Gluten-free buns also are on the menu.
My cheeseburger was perfectly grilled and crispy around
the edges, exactly what you'd expect from a place styled after a
`50s lunch counter. But there also are several meatless options,
like the spring garden salad, that sounded tempting to the modern
girl in me.
Of course the highlight of the visit was watching the
train zip by with customers' orders-every table is along the
track-throughout the meal, although it kept my nephew too
distracted to completely clear his plate.
Of course, like any good aunt, I couldn't forget about
dessert. Aidan thoroughly enjoyed a train whistle cupcake (and blew
the whistle through the icing), while I indulged in one of the
delicious hand-dipped strawberry shakes. But those extra calories
were probably counteracted by our healthier dinner...
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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