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Jun 27, 2005 04:41 PM

Need some recommendations around Northbrook

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I am going to be in Northbrook for work for the next couple of months and would really appreciate any good dinner recommendations. I read about Prairie Grass and Bob Chin's. Looking for anything good. Have eaten at Kemahachi Sushi 6 times in the last two weeks so please help!

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  1. There are a number of other good dining options nearby. For good Southern Italian, Francesco's Hole in the Wall is very good, although it gets very crowded and does not take reservations. Francesca's north (of the Mia Francesca group) also serves pretty good Italian food. If you're looking for a good burger, Hackney's and Pete Miller's, both in Wheeling, are good options. Pete Miller's also has steaks. Charlie Beinlich's in Northbrook is kind of a bar/tavern that serves very good burgers too. There's also a Ruth's Chris in Northbrook. Of course, if you really want top dining, there's Le Francais in Wheeling which I understand is back at the top of its game, and Carlos' in Highland Park, which is also outstanding for French food. Edwardo's Pizza in Wheeling serves very good deep dish pizza. A bit west on Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove is Lou Malnati's, which I think has the best deep dish pizza in Chicago. I also understand that a Pita Inn recently opened in Wheeling, and they serve pretty decent Middle Eastern food. If you're in the mood for Mexican, San Gabriel Mexican Cafe is very closeby in Bannockburn (on Waukegan Rd.) and supposedly very good and I hear that Hot Tamales in Highland Park is also decent.

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    1. re: JRP

      A friend of mine loves a hot dog place in Highland Park called Michael's. Also, there are tons of restaurants in Highwood, which is a bit of a drive to your north.

    2. Try Charlie Beinlichs, Francesco's Hole In The Wall, Pacific Rim. All on Skokie Blvd just south of Lake Cook Road.

      1. You might want to check out Ron Of Japan.

        1. I agree with the other posts except for the pizza part and I'm not a fan of Ron of Japan. Hands down the best pizza in the North Shore is Piero's Pizza. I believe that there is one in Northbrook but I can only vouch for the quality of the one in Highland Park (different owners.) Prairie Grass is a fantastic restaurant with a changing menu so you could go there on multiple occassions for lunch and dinner. The desserts there will blow your mind! In the mall on Waukegan road in Deerfield is a famous restaurant called Masck which has good but expensive food. Also across the street is Red Star Tavern which has pretty decent 'American' food. Timbers on Skokie Valley Rd in Highland Park has nice meats and great fish. And Mimosa in HP is a lovely meal. I am not sure if you know about but it is a great resource for info in Chicago.

          1. How about Anton's Fruit Ranch on Skokie Valley Rd, just north of Lake Cook Rd? They have a great salad bar and make sandwiches from Boar's Head meats. I think their website is They have menus online.