When us foodie sisters get together, there's usually food involved in some way. One of the sisters lives in the west suburbs and when we feel like a fast casual meal with fresh ingredients, we love to head to BD's Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook where you can select your ingredients and watch them being prepared on a a large flat grill.
If you haven not been to a BD's, they have an extensive buffet of beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, noodles, sauces and more. You get a bowl that you fill with what you wish and you see it cooked. There is a one-bowl price and an unlimited price and also separate pricing if you'd like the unlimited soup and salad bar, too.
Here's my latest bowl. BEFORE: