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Restaurants
  • 2nd Street Bistro
    1825 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035
    2nd Street Bistro is the first BYOB restaurant to open in Highland Park. Local, seasonable, organic and sustainableMore ingredients are a fixture on the menu at this American-with-a-twist bistro. It is led by chef Michael Gottlieb, a native of Deerfield, Ill. The restaurant partners with many local fisheries, farms, produce and meat providers to provide guests with only the freshest ingredients. 
  • 3 Star Lung Wah
    1450 Park Ave W, Highland Park, IL 60035

    Two significant things happened to Mr. Hong in 1977: his son was born and he opened his Cantonese take-out place inMore Highland Park. Thirty-three years after, his son is a grown-up and 3 Stars Lung Wah's business remains brisk, thanks to its signature egg roll and Mongolian beef. In 1998, Lung Wah moved to a new location near the busy intersection of Park Avenue West and US-41. If you're picking up your order of Mushu, Hong Sue and Almond Duck, it's easy to miss this hole-in-a-wall. The best description may be that it is at the back of Dunkin' Donuts.

    Lunch specials include Chicken Chop Suey and Kung Pao Shrimp. Dinner combo starts at $8.99 from Monday to Saturday. Customers can request to omit salt or MSG.

  • Bella Via
    1899 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035

    Take a walk on the beautiful and romantic side of southern Italy that is evoked by the airy, elegant Bella ViaMore restaurant. This popular destination is reflective of owner and executive chef Maurizio LoBosco's birthplace. An impressive floor-to-ceiling display of wines lines the entrance. Complement your selection with a palate-pleasing bounty of seafood, including a calamari fritti appetizer, lobster tortellacci and halibut piccata. A main dish of Caprese- or saltimbocca-style veal is also a fine option. Bella Via features a large hall that can accommodate private events, as well.

    Says LoBosco, "We cook from the heart, by tasting and watching and feeling the texture. We always prepare simple food. When the food is simple, it's good and healthy."

  • Benjamin Restaurant
    1849 2nd St, Highland Park, IL 60035
    Benjamin Restaurant is a high-end contemporary American eatery which offers seasonal menus and selections prepared withMore local, sustainable and natural products. Small plates and full entrees are served for lunch and dinner, including cedar plank salmon, braised lamb shanks and grouper, along with a full wine menu. Diners enjoy live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Bluegrass
    1636 Old Deerfield Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
    A uniquely designed restaurant from owner Jim Lederer, Bluegrass has something for everyone in the family. Tavern Ale isMore the official beer of Bluegrass, exclusively brewed for the restaurant and its many patrons. Clients will experience a warm, comfortable atmosphere with an attentive and friendly staff.
  • Bridie McKenna's
    254 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL 60040
    Bridie McKenna's is an Irish pub and restaurant with a menu featuring American cuisine and Irish specialities forMore brunch, lunch and dinner. The selection includes shepherd's pie, fish and chips, pulled pork sliders, wings, beef and Guinness stew. The restaurant also features a full bar and TVs for watching sporting events and provides valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Browns Chicken & Pasta
    2566 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
    Browns Chicken has built a popular reputation for its delicious, crispy chicken. The clean atmosphere brings in manyMore patrons, while a fair amount zip through the drive-through as well.
  • Burger King
    90 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

    There was no sighting of the ubiquitous Burger King mascot here, but at this BK location, slightly north ofMore Lake Cook Road on the west side of Skokie Valley Road, the burger is king.

    As in any other BK, the burger here is flame-broiled, not fried, a tradition they inherited from the original joint in Jacksonville, Florida, which was opened in 1954. You can also "customize" your meal. Depending on your appetite, you can "build it your way," may it be a regular whopper or the gigantic Quad Stacker. BK, as it is called now, has also started offering salad and sandwich options, including a veggie burger.

  • Cafe Central
    455 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

    At the Zagat-rated Cafe Central, you might as well be in Paris' Opera district or at La Bastille. Get a slice ofMore Parisian life--or at least a cut of duo petite filet mignon--at this gem of a bistro. From its canopied exterior, which conjures the image of an elegant street cafe in Paris, to its warm and cozy interiors, which include white-linen-covered tables, Cafe Central feels warm and welcoming. While waiting for your bouillabaisse and sipping a sauvignon blanc, chances are you'll be greeted by the gregarious owner, Adam Nieto, on behalf of his famous parents, Carlos and Debbie Nieto. If you come early, you can choose from an extensive list, which includes gourmet salads, seafood and simpler fare, such as omelets. If you are feeling adventurous, you could try the escargot or request the fresh fish of the day. 

    Nieto says the loyalty of his staff speaks volumes about the restaurant: "Our staff has been with us for many, many years. We're like a family here. So we try to take care of you, the way we try to take care of our family," he says. "People are interested in great value, and they know we provide that for them."

  • Carlos' Restaurant
    429 Temple Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

    In an appearance of the local TV show, "Check Please!", Oprah's favorite interior designer Nate Berkus once remarkedMore that Carlos is "a wonderful restaurant, especially for a special occasion." If you ask Zagat, that remains to be true. In 2008, it was voted No. 1 in Chicago and one of the Top Ten restaurants in America.

    Carlos' is indeed a destination, both literally and figuratively. While it bears a Highland Park address, it is actually located in Highwood, further north. It is also about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. But there is a reason why discriminating diners go the extra mile to get a table here. In a 2006 review, Zagat praised Carlos' for its "very creative" French fare and its "fantastic wine list."

    For sure, Carlos' is an upscale restaurant, but its service is also known to be at par with the price.

    Another unique attraction at Carlos' is the film night. Every second and third Friday of the month, come for an intimate evening of delicious French fare and great cinema. Just make sure you have a reservation.

    Carlos' is a labor of love of restaurateurs Carlos and Deborah Nieto, whose names are synonymous to elegance and good taste. In 2011, it will mark its three decades of food excellence and service in the Chicagoland. Carlos' is open only for dinner.

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