Charcoal DelightsNorth Park
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"We're the type of restaurant that people bring their children back to," said Angelo Katsis, second-generation manager. Most of the restaurant's business is from repeat customers, according to Katsis. This North Park spot uses a special stove, which burns coal instead of gas, to broil meat and chicken. A metal griddle supports the stove's coal supply. Broasted chicken is also available and is very popular, according to Katsis. Broasting uses a pressure cooker to prepare chicken, and prevent absorption of a lot of oil into the food. Hanging lamps and plants decorate the restaurant's 20 tables and booths. The Katsis family opened The Hot Dog Pit about 30 years ago, and over time a need for more space developed. The Hot Dog Pit was torn down and a new Katsis restaurant, Charcoal Delights, was built in the same location. The Katsis family recently expanded into northwest suburban Des Plaines with a second restaurant.