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Culinary Delights in Chicagoland

Culinary Delights in Chicagoland

There's no question that Chicago's urban core has some of the best and most creative restaurants in the country. But if you prefer the calm and quiet over the hustle and bustle, you'll find many terrific dining destinations throughout the larger Chicagoland area that are just as tasty as the restaurants in Chicago. Whether you want traditional Scottish dishes, locally sourced ingredients or fine French cuisine, your taste buds will be jumping for joy at first bite. Some of these spots have been staples in the community for more than 70 years! Here are some top Chicagoland restaurant choices. Enjoy!

Classic Tastes

The Shanty Restaurant For more than 100 years, locals have gathered to eat, drink and socialize at The Shanty Restaurant. In 2010, local residents and businesses helped to reconstruct this beloved dining destination using reclaimed and restored barn wood from nearby farms. The Wadsworth/Lake County restaurant has appeared on the Food Network's hit show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and a host of other national television programs. Popular dishes that have been featured on the shows include Whiskey Shrimp and hand-cut filet mignon topped with sautéed wine mushrooms. For Sunday breakfast, enjoy eggs Benedict with king crab, build-your-own-omelet or fresh strawberry pancakes, all under $12.

Another "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" "alum" is Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, which opened along Historic Illinois Route 66 in the 1940s. The restaurant serves world-famous fried chicken in Willowbrook. Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket is the perfect spot for mouthwatering fried chicken livers, or choose from half a dozen chicken wing flavors that include honey garlic Sriracha. Homemade pot pie and chicken dinners with all the fixings are a few of the staples. You'll find big burgers, hefty sandwiches and seafood baskets, too. Save room for dessert and enjoy a Route 66 root beer gloat or Ghirardelli chocolate brownie sundae.

A popular restaurant in Lockport's historic district, Tallgrass Restaurant has called a restored 110-year-old red stone and brick Victorian building home since 1981. Chef Robert Burcenski and Maitre d'Thoms Alves have overseen the highest culinary, wine and service standards here from the beginning. Create your own three-, four- or five-course menu at this Heritage Corridor restaurant. The restaurant prides itself on sustainable and locally produced ingredients infused with globally inspired dishes with fresh flavors that include meals like butternut squash ravioli and a shiitake & leek omelet.

Dine Around the World

Chicago Southland favorite LaVoute Bistro + Bar serves French-inspired cuisine amid plush dining room and lounge decor. The restaurant's focal point is an antique bank vault among the comfortable bistro. Located in Homewood's boutique and vintage La Banque Hotel, this upscale restaurant offers farm-to-table French classics, such as Nicoise salad or beef au poivre. Chef de Cuisine Dominique Tougne has been a French-trained chef since 14. During lunch enjoy soup, salad and sandwiches as well as specialty dishes like steak frites. In the evening, try something different like the vegetarian oven-baked goat cheese ratatouille or delicious seafood, chicken, pork and beef entrées.

The Bavarian Lodge

For spectacular German food in the heart of Lisle, "guten appetite" (enjoy your meal) at The Bavarian Lodge. Family-owned since 1986, this restaurant and pub exudes cozy comfort and conversation and encourages visitors to be present, so you won't find any TVs here. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the lodge serves classic German and American pub fare, with low-fat and gluten-free options. Think wurst platters and German potato pancakes as well as duck and Black Forest burgers. There are several vegetarian options, too. Wash it all down with one of the many brews from its pristine beer selection.

Balmoral Restaurant

Exquisite traditional Scottish fare is what you'll find on the menu at Balmoral Restaurant. Located in the Campton Hills area of St. Charles, the restaurant's unique ambiance with red exposed brick walls creates a dining experience that will make you feel as if you traveled to Scotland. On Sundays, the Scottish breakfast plates such as Prince Ryan's Beetroot Smoked Salmon or Duchess Alanie's Oatmeal Pancakes reign supreme. An eight-course menu might feature a Scotch egg, green pea and ham soup, and salad followed by salmon, chicken and beef courses. A selection of classic Scottish desserts, and of course, a pot of tea, completes this memorable meal.

Locally Sourced and Eco-Friendly

Located in the heart of Geneva, Craft Urban is the go-to restaurant serving delicious food and beverage pairings. Fresh ingredients sourced from local artisan producers are presented in a fun and approachable way. Daily specials include $5-weekend brunch punch, late-night house-made ramen on weekends and or wine deals paired with cheese and charcuterie plates. Sharing is encouraged and craving is expected. Check the website for special events such as five-course wine dinners.

Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery

Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery is another restaurant to savor local ingredients. Located in the North Aurora area of Chicagoland, the restaurant serves fresh herbs and greens, year-round, thanks to its "living wall" and greenhouse. In addition, all bacon and hot dogs and most sausage and charcuterie are house-made. An on-site hop farm also provides essential ingredients for the restaurant's line of ground-to-glass craft beers. If you're a whiskey drinker, you have your choice of more than 400 selections, putting this spot among the largest whiskey collections in the metropolitan area. Order seafood and pork dishes, quiche and salads or create your own charcuterie.

Between Buns

Edzo's Burger Shop If you're craving a terrific burger, stop at Edzo's Burger Shop in Evanston along Chicago North Shore. This shop always appears on lists of best U.S. burger spots. The spot serves top-of-the-line griddled "char" and turkey burgers. Customize your meal with add-ons like blue cheese or garlic butter mushrooms or fried egg. Not a burger fan? Choose from the hot dog and sandwich menu. Make sure you order some of the delectable Buffalo or garlic fries. And don't forget Edzo's coffee, Nutella or thick maple malts.

Legit Dogs

Legit Dogs & Ice gained a huge following while operating solely as a food truck serving gourmet hot dogs. But it now has a brick-and-mortar hot dog spot in Elgin, too. Ream's Meat Market, in Elburn, supplies the place with premium quality hot dogs, crafted since 1954. Pump up your "dog" with homemade mac 'n cheese or creamy egg salad, and then accompany it with Hawaiian shaved ice, house-made soda or an ice cream soda float. You'll also enjoy the entertainment area where you can play video games and watch live bands perform, amid a punk rock atmosphere.

Food and Entertainment

PAC-MAN Entertainment A magical land of games intertwined with and dining awaits you at PAC-MAN Entertainment. A Schaumburg favorite in Chicago Northwest, PAC-MAN Entertainment is where you and your friends can blast 8-bit baddies in the social gaming lounge. The restaurant's menu is filled with shareable foods like sushi and tapas. Not into sharing your food? Order a big, inventive entrée such as Cranberry BBQ Salmon, lobster mac & cheese, or flat iron steak and frites. No matter what meal you choose, PAC-MAN Entertainment is, most importantly, a great place to discover what it means to play together again.

In Chicagoland, you'll find great meals, ambience and even a few delicious surprises!





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