No matter the cuisine or setting, the North Shore can hold its own as a dining destination. Many restaurants and chef/owners have made their names in these suburban towns and cities drawing diners from all over Chicagoland.
Highwood is one example of a restaurant-centric town. From old-school Italian at Bertucci's, to varied interpretations of French cuisine offered by Froggy's,
Nearby Highland Park is the culinary home of restaurateurs Carlos and Debbie Nieto, a dynamic duo that keep the creative juices flowing. After closing the acclaimed
The beauty of the North Shore is legendary and two locales provide a lovely setting in which to dine. Highland Park's
Ethnic foods are well represented on the North Shore. Kamehachi in
Move over New York and Chicago. Some of the best Jewish deli is found right here. The Bagel in Skokie, Max's in Highland Park and Max and Benny's in Northbrook all provide this hearty comfort food that is enjoyed by all.
Unique concepts come in different forms on the dining scene. Abt Electronics on 37-acres in Glenview has long been a destination for those seeking appliances and electronics. Located right next door is Jolane's, a contemporary European style restaurant that pays homage to Jolane Abt, one of the store's original owners, as it makes shopping and dining a one-stop experience.
Blind Faith Café in Evanston is a certified green restaurant that has been creating inventive vegetarian dishes for more than 30 years and its bakery offers a selection of treats for all palates.
The new and innovative is represented in Inovasi in Lake Bluff. The name itself translates to "innovation" in Indonesian and that's what ignites chef/owner John des Rosiers' passion for the food and flavors of the contemporary American palate.
History and longevity call out a number of establishments. The Glenview House dates back to 1878 and was extensively rehabbed in 2010. In neighboring Northbrook, The Landmark Inn is housed in a building built in 1885 and is the oldest commercial structure in town. Lake Forest is home to South Gate Café, in a building that is a certified national historic landmark.
Lake Forest is also the place for two stand-out fine dining experiences. The Deer Path Inn, a destination hotel since 1929, turns back time in its lovely English Room with beamed ceilings, white tablecloths, sparkling chandeliers and a courtyard garden beyond.