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Restaurant Month on Chicago’s North Shore

eating at a North Shore restaurantFebruary is restaurant month here on the North Shore.

That means great deals on dining all month long (even Valentines Day!).  Dozens of North Shore restaurants will be participating by offering a variety of specials and discounts, like free appetizers or desserts with the purchase of an entree, a discount off the entire bill or 2 for 1 specials. Several restaurants will also be preparing lunch and dinner menu items in celebration of the month-long event.

Here is a sampling of the offers:

Avli, 566 Chestnut St. (Laundr Mall), Winnetka
Free dessert with purchase of entree

Celtic Knot, 626 Church St., Evanston
Free dessert with purchase of entree

Maggianos, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
BOGO: Order a classic pasta at $12.95 and get one to take home.

Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
Free appetizer with entree

Quince, 1625 inman Ave., Evanston
15% off your check.

Stained Glass, 1737 Benson Ave., Evanston
2 for 1 entree (Sunday-Thursday only)

You can download a complete list of participating reataurants below:
North Shore Restaurant Month List.

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Six Best North Shore Delis

 North Shore Chicago Delis

This year Hanukkah comes early, beginning on the day before Thanksgiving…which means you’re not going to want to be making latkes when you’re trying to fix Thanksgiving dinner. Skip the mess and the fuss and get your latkes, kugels, brisket and other necessities at one of these great North Shore delis.

Bat 17
1709 Benson Ave., Evanston
847-733-7117
bat17evanston.com

The huge sandwiches (on bread baked fresh daily from Bennison’s) are reminiscent of Manhattan’s Carnegie Deli.

Kaufman’s
4905 W. Dempster St., Skokie
847-677-6190
kaufmansdeli.com

Kaufman’s had a fire last year but they’ve re-opened and are ready to fill your orders for Hanukkah platters. It’s known for its bagels and all the breads and baked goods are made from scratch on site.

Max and Benny’s
461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
847-272-9490
maxandbennys.com

The ambiance is not exactly intimate (the place holds 300 people) but it’s got awesome soups, especially the chicken matzo ball soup, beet borscht and sweet and sour soup.

Max’s Deli
191 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park
847-831-0600
maxs-deli.com

A popular spot for Sunday brunch, Max’s is an old-fashioned New York style deli.

Once Upon a Bagel
1888 1st St., Highland Park
1050 Gage St., Winnetka
847-784-1411
onceuponabagel.com

We were so excited when Once Upon a Bagel came to Winnetka last year! Now we don’t have to travel sp far afield to get our deli fix. Once Upon has most of the standard deli fare, as well as some Mexican dishes, just to keep things interesting.

The Bagel Restaurant
50 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie
847-677-0100
bagelrestaurant.com

The Bagel provides instant gratification to hungry mall shoppers. As soon as you sit down they bring you fresh pickles and a basket of bialys & bagels. The menu is extensive, with pretty much anything you could possibly want.

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Dewey’s Restaurant in Glencoe

Glencoe has a brand new restaurant called Dewey’s, and the other day Paula and I stopped in for lunch to check it out. It’s a family-friendly place with all the menu items kids like (burgers, dogs, fries, pizza, etc.) plus several mom-friendly salads. It also features ice cream from Homer’s.

We give it two thumbs up. Here’s why:

  • Good food (at least what we have tried so far)
  • Bright and fun atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Great artwork (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) – see below

What more could you ask for?

Dewey's interior

Dewey's Jordan and Anthony

Dewey's Stanley Cup hotdog

Dewey’s is open every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s located at 667 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe (in the old Vernon’s on Vernon space). Pick-up and delivery are available. Call (847) 835-6225 or visit Deweys-Glencoe.com.

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Libertad – Nuevo Latino Dining in Downtown Skokie

I have been meaning to try this new restaurant ever since it opened to rave reviews back in the fall of 2011. Now, with our kitchen remodel underway, we have an excuse to eat out. So, last night, with kids gone, we made our way down to Skokie to finally check out Libertad.

As the name implies, the menu is Latin-inspired. But this is not your father’s Mexican joint. If you’re hankering for a chimichanga or a burrito, Libertad  is not the place to go. The food is much more sophisticated than that. Described as Nuevo Latino, the dishes blend Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican flavors and ingredients, plus a little bit of whatever else inspires Chef Armando Gonzalez.

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Where To Have a Pint on St. Paddy’s Day on the North Shore

Green Beer on St. Patrick's DayWondering where to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day up here on the North Shore? Look no further.

Celtic Knot
626 Church St., Evanston
847-864-1679

Tommy Nevin’s Pub
1454 Sherman Ave., Evanston
847-869-0450

Stormy’s
1735 Orchard Lane, Northfield
847-441-8290

Happ Inn
305 Happ Rd., Northfield
847-784-9200

Hackney’s
1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview
847-724-7171

Hackney’s
1241 Harms Rd., Glenview
847-724-5577

Bridie McKenna’s
254 Green Bay Rd., Highwood
847-432-3311

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Romantic Restaurants on the North Shore

stained glass reaturant, evanston, ilWant to treat your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? No need drive all the way into the city on a week night. There are plenty of romantic spots right here on the North Shore:

Evanston

Stained Glass
1735 Benson Ave., Evanston
847-864-8600
Fine dining in a relaxed, urban atmosphere. Seasonal New American cuisine, combining traditional and international flavors that complement the global wine list. Enjoy one (or more!) of 32 wines by the glass.

Oceanique
505 Main St., Evanston
847-864-3435
Oceanique is an eclectic seafood restaurant in the French-American style.  It endeavors to use the finest organic produce and seafood from sustainable, eco-friendly sources. And with its extensive wine list featuring over 800 carefully selected fine wines, Oceanique has won Wine Spectator Magazine’s coveted “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since 1994.  Valentine’s Day Special:
Chef’s Five Course Dinner w/Choices – $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

Pensiero Ristorante
1566 Oak Ave., Evanston
847-475-7779
Among the North Shore’s finest Italian restaurants tucked inside the historic Margarita European Inn. Pensiero Ristorante serves Italian fare prepared from the finest imported ingredients. The moment you enter the room, you know you are in for a special dining experience. The menu is seasonally inspired and the wine list is sure to compliment your dining experience.

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston
847-570-8400
Quince at the Homestead serves contemporary American cuisine in a friendly, lively setting near downtown Evanston. The wine list provides more than 100 unique, affordable options chosen carefully to enhance Chef Andy Motto’s deliciously refined and globally-inspired cuisine.

Bistro Bordeaux
618 Church St., Evanston
847-424-1483
If you love that old French bistro favorite, steak frites, this is the place to go. Bistro Bordeaux offers authentic French dining experience unlike any other amid the bustle of downtown Evanston. The wine list features a wide selection of reasonably priced French wines.

Wilmette

The Noodle
708 12th St., Wilmette
847-251-2228
Quaint and cozy, The Noodle serves American fusion cuisine in a European style restaurant. The entrees are fresh,  yummy and affordable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stormy’s Tavern and Grille

Stormy's Tavern and Grille

The other night after a hockey game in Winnetka, we stopped at Stormy’s in Northfield for dinner with another family from the team. Stormy’s, formerly Seul’s, changed hands last summer and reopened in September, and we had not yet had a chance to check it out. I guess we weren’t the only ones with that idea because, when we got there, we ran into three other families from our hockey team and discovered that one of Emma’s hockey coaches also tends bar at Stormy’s, so it was like old home week. Probably not surprising that it’s a big Wilmette Hockey hangout given that owner Chad Bidwell coaches Bantam AA for the club. Read the rest of this entry »

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North Shore Ice Cream Parlors

little girl eating ice creamI guess no one calls them “parlors” anymore (except Deerfrank’s, below). But what do they call them? Stores? Restaurants? Shoppes? Doesn’t matter. It’s summer (finally). It’s hot (finally) and that means ice cream.

Here’s my list of ice cream parlors on the North Shore. If I’ve left off one of your favorites, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list (after I test their ice cream, of course).

Evanston

Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe
2909 Central St.
847-491-1232

Cold Stone Creamery
1611 Sherman Ave.
847-424-9000

Andy’s Frozen Custard
719 Church St.
847-864-8009

Wilmette

Bobtail Ice Cream
1114 Central Ave.
847-251-0174

Homer’s Homemade Gourmet Ice Cream
1237 Green Bay Rd.
847-251-0477
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Dining Al Fresco on the North Shore

Convito CafeAfter a long, cold and dreary winter, nothing beats sitting outside to enjoy a meal in the balmy summer air.  Here are my picks for the best spots to eat al fresco on the North Shore.

If you think I’ve missed one that should be on the list, please leave a comment!

Lake Forest

Deer Path Inn
255 E. Illinois Rd.
800-788-9480

Francesca’s
293 E. Illinois Rd.
847-735-9235

South Gate Cafe
655 Forest Ave.
847-234-8800

Highwood

Bridie McKenna’s
254 Green Bay Rd.
847-432-3311

Froggy’s French Cafe
306 Green Bay Rd.
847-433-7080

Highland Park

Bella Via
1899 Second St.
847-681-8300

Cafe Central
455 Central
847-266-7878

Tamales…A Mexican Joint
493 Central
847-433-4070

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Bertucci’s in Highwood: Average at Best

I’m not a food snob. But when I go out to eat I want to get what I pay for. If I go to Coco Pazzo, I know the tab will be high. And I know the food will be excellent: inspired dishes that are beautifully presented and delicious. When I go to Olive Garden I lower my expectations, for both the food and the price tag. Tonight, unfortunately, we stumbled into a restaurant with Olive Garden food (actually, not nearly as good as Olive Garden) and (almost) Coco Pazzo prices.

We were up in Highland Park at the Bubble for the last soccer game of the indoor season.  Since we had nothing at home to make for dinner, we decided to head over to Highwood. Highwood has lots of great restaurants for such a small town, the residual effect of being the only non-dry town on the North Shore for so many years.

We had never been to Bertucci’s, so we decided to give it a try. Everything started out fine. The server brought us a basket of hot bread, which was tasty. From there it was all downhill. The quality of the food was roughly on par with a diner, but the prices were on par with that trendy new place you’d go for a special evening out. There was nothing on the menu remotely interesting-sounding or inspired so I decided to play it safe and order the Penne with Meat Sauce. What I got was a large plate of overcooked pasta absolutely drowning in thick tomato sauce, which tasted suspiciously like Prego in a jar.

My husband ordered Penne with Sausage and Peppers. It actually looked pretty appetizing, and it tasted okay, but for $16.95 it didn’t bowl me over.

My daughter had spaghetti from the children’s menu, which even she didn’t think was all that great. She did, however, really like the chocolate ice cream she had for dessert. Along with the bread, it was the highlight of the meal.

We probably should have ordered steak or seafood since those apparently are their specialties (it’s called Bertucci’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant), but I would have been really aggravated to pay $30.00 for a mediocre piece of meat.

The bottom line: Bertucci’s is the kind of place you go if you’re looking for an overpriced 60’s era American Italian menu. It’s been there a long time so it must have some redeeming qualities. It’s just not my kind of place.

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