Restaurants


City Center Campus Restaurants

JJC culinary students run two restaurants at the City Center Campus: Saveur and Thrive. They each offer their own creative and imaginative cuisines, but both are incredibly flavorful. In addition, JJC also offers a quick service kiosk, Lavu. We hope you can stop by to enjoy our fresh, delicious meals!

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  • What to Expect

    This semester will be fluid and we will follow the guidelines set forth by the Governor, state public health officials and our institution. As restaurant restrictions change, we will be sure to let you know.

    Thank you for trusting us throughout this very challenging time, supporting our program and students as they pursue their culinary education, and being part of our JJC extended family. Stay safe and we look forward to providing your culinary created take-out meals in the near future.

Restaurant Menus

  • Lavu Culinary Kiosk - Carryout Menu

    Lavu, our culinary kiosk on the ground floor of the City Center Campus, is open for carryout orders Monday through Thursday 9a.m. to 1:30 p.m., serving items such as:

    • Paninis
    • Salads 
    • Soups
    • Bakery goods 
    • And more!

  • Saveur Menu

    To Order Carryout or Make a Reservation During The Fall or Spring

    • Please call (815) 280-1200.
    • Open Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

    Menu

    Prix Fix - 1 Entrée and any other 2 courses for $16

    Commence

    • “When Pigs Fly”: Grilled Bourbon-Bacon Jam Wings, Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese, Sweet Corn Fritter, Crispy Sage - $6
    • “Crab in a Pillow”: Crab, Tortellini, Ratatouille Terrine, Vermouth Cream Sauce, Chive Oil, Tomato Foam, Basil - $7
       

    Comforting

    • “Tom Kha Gai”: Thai Coconut-Chicken Soup, Shitake, Lime, Coconut Milk, Lemon Grass, Galangal, Steamed Jasmine Rice - $4
       

    Freshness

    • “Autumn”: Fresh Greens, Honey Goat Cheese, Fresh Strawberries, Golden Raisins, Walnuts, Roasted Strawberries, Pickled Oranges, Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lemon-Poppy Shortbread “Feuille” - $6
    • 1905 Salad “Italian Style”: Mixed Petite Greens, Charred Romaine, Shaved Prosciutto, Soppressata, Provolone, Charred Tomato Pistachio-Pesto Crouton Shaved Parmesan, Italian Vinaigrette - $6
       

    Entrée

    /ˈsanˌ(d)wiCH/

    • Aloha Smash!: Double Smashed Patties, Roasted Pineapple Jam, Candied Bacon, Chipotle Aioli, Pepper Jack Buttered & Toasted Brioche, House Fries $11
    • ¡Ole!: Crispy Masa Fried Chicken, Lime Cilantro Slaw, Mango Habanero Aioli, House Pickles Buttered & Toasted Brioche, Cotija-Tajin Dusted Fries - $11
       

    Flour + Yeast + Water + Salt

    • Pizza Diavolo: San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Soppressata Salami, Whole Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan, Honey Drizzle, House Giardiniera - $10
    • Pizza Verdure (Vegetarian): San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Whole Milk Mozzarella, Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Peppers Roasted Cremini Mushrooms, Capers, Oregano, Roasted Garlic, House Giardiniera - $10
       

    Extruded

    • “The Bird & The Basil”: Slow Braised Chicken, Fresh Made Linguine, Pistachio-Basil Pesto, Tomato Confit Citrus Breadcrumb Crunch, Parmesan Foam - $12
       

    Flavor

    • Asian Crispy Striped Bass: Edamame Puree, Black Vinegar, Tamari & Agave Vinaigrette, Crispy Shallot, Puffed Jasmin Rice Citrus Aioli, House Made Furikake - $13
       

    The Butcher

    • A Weekly Featured Dish Comprised of In-House Fabricated Protein (Priced Weekly)
       

    Dessert

    • “The Dome”: Vanilla Bean and Lemon Cheesecake, Fennel Cream, Fruit Gel, Mango, Chocolate, Hazelnut Crunch, Salted Caramel Ice Cream - $4
    • Boom!: Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Mousse, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Mirror Glaze, Graham Crumble, Strawberry Ice Cream - $4

  • Thrive Menu

    To Order Carryout or Make a Reservation During the Fall or Spring

    • Please call (815) 280-1201.
    • Open Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Open Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

    Wednesday Menu

    Prix Fix - Entrée Plus 2 Other Courses - $16

    Grounded: Plant Focused

    • BBQ Carrot: Korean BBQ Glaze/Roasted Cashew puree, five spiced carrot crunch, shaved carrot/cilantro creme faiche sauce - $6
    • Sweet Corn Risotto: Buttered sweet corn broth, blistered corn/corn tuile/basil oil, mascarpone/freeze-dried corn - $6
    • Summer Tomatoes: Heirloom tomatoes/green tomato relish, smoked tomato vinaigrette, miso roasted lemon mayo, bread crisps - $4
    • Baby Romaine: Buttermilk basic dressing, pickled honeydew, melon seed and sunflower seed granola, honeydew midori puree/ricotta salata - $4
    • Chicken and Dumplings: Summer beans, carrot, chicken terrine, roasted onion espuma, whey and schmaltz dumplings: $4
       

    Between Wheat

    • Special Blended Burger: Cheddar melt, garlic aioli, peppered bacon, fried pickle chips, brioche bun, homemade ketchup, fries - $10
    • The Chicken Polish: Apple Kraut, honey mustard, caramelized onions, light rye bun, homemade ketchup, friends - $9
       

    Hand Stretched

    • Roasted Tomato and Grilled Zucchini Pizza: San Marzano tomato sauce, nut free basil pesto, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, basil, garlic emulsion - $10
    • BBQ Beef Calzone: Short rib, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, grilled cabbage, BBQ drizzle, celery seed - $11
       

    Entrées

    • Spiced Salmon with BBQ Tomato Glaze: Sorrel Buttermilk sauce, grilled romaine, parmesan mayo, caesar crumble, herb salad - $11
    • Lightly Smoked Chicken Ballotine: Summer-style chicken sausage, braised fennel, pickled peach, olive peach puree, creme fraiche chicken jus - $10
       

    Thursday Menu

    Prix Fix - 1 Entrée, 1 Appetizer, Soup or Salad and 1 Dessert 

    Grounded: Plant Focused

    • BBQ Carrot: Korean BBQ Glaze/Roasted Cashew puree, five spiced carrot crunch, shaved carrot/cilantro creme faiche sauce - $6
    • Sweet Corn Risotto: Buttered sweet corn broth, blistered corn/corn tuile/basil oil, mascarpone/freeze-dried corn - $6
    • Summer Tomatoes: Heirloom tomatoes/green tomato relish, smoked tomato vinaigrette, miso roasted lemon mayo, bread crisps - $4
    • Baby Romaine: Buttermilk basic dressing, pickled honeydew, melon seed and sunflower seed granola, honeydew midori puree/ricotta salata - $4
    • Chicken and Dumplings: Summer beans, carrot, chicken terrine, roasted onion espuma, whey and schmaltz dumplings: $4
       

    Hand Stretched

    Prix Fix Price - $21

    • Roasted Tomato and Grilled Zucchini Pizza: San Marzano tomato sauce, nut free basil pesto, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, basil, garlic emulsion - $11
    • BBQ Beef Calzone: Short rib, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, grilled cabbage, BBQ drizzle, celery seed - $12
       

    Entrées

    • Spiced Salmon with BBQ Tomato Glaze: Sorrel Buttermilk sauce, grilled romaine, parmesan mayo, caesar crumble, herb salad - $18 (Prix Fixe Price: $27)
    • Lightly Smoked Chicken Ballotine: Summer-style chicken sausage, braised fennel, pickled peach, olive peach puree, creme fraiche chicken jus - $15 (Prix Fixe Price: $24)
    • Grilled Italian Hanger Steak: Braised oxtail, pepper and onion ragout, homemade giardiniera, airy cheese, sourdough bread sauce - $24 (Prix Fix Price: $31)

About our Restaurants

Please note that the information provided below relates to JJC's restaurants during a typical semester.

  • Saveur

    Fall & Spring Hours

    Tuesdays
    11a.m. to 12:45p.m.

    Reservations are suggested and encouraged. Please call (815) 280-1200.

    Summer Hours

    Closed

    More About Saveur

    One of two restaurants run by the students in the Culinary Arts Program, Saveur features a journey of tastes and textures through contemporary American and International cuisine all prepared from scratch by our talented culinary students.

    Saveur is a full-service restaurant, providing table service with a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant will be open at the City Center Campus located at 235 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL on the second floor. All proceeds go directly to the Culinary Arts Department. 

  • Thrive

    Fall & Spring Hours

    Wednesdays 
    11a.m. to 12:45p.m.

    Thursdays
    6 to 7:45p.m.

    Reservations are suggested and encouraged. Please call (815) 280-1201.

    Summer Hours

    Tuesdays
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Reservations are suggested and encouraged. Please call (815) 280-1201.

    More About Thrive

    The focus of Thrive is to craft elegant and imaginative cuisine, showcasing fresh ingredients. All pastas are produced in house, as well as cheeses, breads and more to create a menu both classic and approachable that is simple yet flavorful. Thrive is also run by the students in the Culinary Arts Department.

    Thrive Restaurant is located on the first floor of the City Center Campus, facing Chicago Street. 

  • Lavu Culinary Cafe (kiosk)

    Monday through Thursday
    9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Lavu Culinary Cafe, located on the main floor of the lobby next to Thrive Restaurant, is available for carryout featuring coffee, breakfast items, sandwiches, soups and desserts. 

 

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