Everyone knows the best dinner food is breakfast food; there's just something about eggs Benedict or juicy blueberry pancakes that hits the spot, especially late night.
Sometimes you just want a homestyle meal, a plethora of beer options, and a classy atmosphere to possibly take in a game. Bulldog Ale House takes the concept of a neighborhood sports pub and combines it with a full-service dining room.
Several months before visiting Wishbone last week, I went to a market and bought everything I needed to make shrimp and grits. Unfortunately, after that grocery stop and each subsequent trip, I've managed to eat all the bacon before I actually get around to making the dish, and the shrimp are still waiting in the freezer.
Thai fare has become more commonplace over the years, and, like many other adopted cuisines, often more Americanized. Breading, cream, sugary sauces and less traditional spices frequently are incorporated. Thai Pot seems to resist that temptation, offering authentic flavors and food, to good result.
As usual this winter, it was snowing as we neared downtown Glen Ellyn and our destination, a 9-month-old trattoria called Made in Italy. But then the magic happened.
With its open floor plan and California-style setting, Bakersfield gives west suburban diners a fresh experience, and some good food, too.
As we walked into Hokkaido Sushi Hibachi Steak House & Lounge in Oakbrook Terrace, I was struck by the beauty of a mural that seemed 3D. Inside the restaurant that bears the name of Japan's second largest island, we instantly were greeted by a hostess who asked whether we preferred to sit at the bar or hibachi.
My family and I have been dining at Antonino's Ristorante in La Grange for as long as I can remember. In fact, there's a good chance my first bite of restaurant Italian food – likely spaghetti – was consumed there.
We made a happy discovery when we stepped inside Glen Oak Restaurant on a recent Sunday, finding ourselves hungry but not sure what we were in the mood for foodwise.
One of the joys of living in this melting pot of a nation is that everyone comes here, and they bring their delicacies with them.
Old Town Pour House proclaims beer a staple of life. The restaurant-bar backs that up once you step inside the new Oak Brook eatery.
There are restaurants and then there are neighborhood institutions. The Chew Chew in Riverside is the latter.
A serious craving for pizza one recent Sunday afternoon prompted us to try someplace new, Barone's of Glen Ellyn, which turns out to be a community institution steeped in the village's history and in the noble art of the American pie.
Imagine an upscale 1960s diner, if that's not a contradiction in terms. Then add locally sourced, freshly prepared food. Combine with some good friends, and what you've got is a terrific meal at Kitchen Eatery.
With its quaint setting and made-from-scratch fare, Scarletti's Italian Kitchen is a great escape, whether it be from wintry temps, a stressful workday or the craze of holiday shopping.
At WOOW Japanese Restaurant in La Grange, the food is only half the experience. Located downtown, WOOW looks inconspicuous enough from the outside. A single overhead sign and dark windows do little to hint at what awaits beyond the restaurant's doors.
For a change of pace on a recent Sunday afternoon, we stepped inside TL's Four Seasons in downtown Bartlett, across the street from the rail line. The restaurant celebrates a culinary split personality, offering separate menus for Chinese and Japanese cuisines.
Even if you can't tell Hepburn and Tracy from Cagney and Lacey, you'll almost certainly enjoy a night of dining out at 100 South Chop House and Grill. Thanks to its prominent spot at York Street and Park Avenue in downtown Elmhurst, just about anyone who's been through town has seen the stylish exterior.
With its modern Latin, tapas-style menu and dazzling interior, Barbakoa is a worthy entry into the line of upscale restaurant-bar combos in northern Downers Grove.
To say that Chef Shangri-La takes diners to another world is no exaggeration. When my dining companion and I stepped inside the Asian fusion restaurant in North Riverside, we knew immediately the meal would be far from average.