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Jan 16, 2007 09:12 PM


Am here with a business associate and we are looking for a good restaurant in the Lake Cook Road area.

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  1. Here are recommendations in the vicinity:

    From Lake Cook Road, go north on Waukegan Road. Within a mile, you'll come to Carson's. Outstanding barbecue baby back ribs, outstanding prime rib, outstanding steaks.

    200 North Waukegan Road
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    (847) 374-8500

    Keep going north on Waukegan Road, and the next major intersection is Deerfield Road. There are two places in the shopping center on the southeast corner. Both are excellent:

    483 Lake Cook Road
    Deerfield, IL 60015

    Stoney River
    711 Deerfield Road
    Deerfield IL 60015

    Two more recommendations are in Northbrook. Go east on Lake Cook Road, and right before you get to the Edens (US 41), turn right. Right before Dundee Road (the next major intersection) are two places worth going to: Prairie Grass Cafe, Sarah Stegner's place (good food from the Heartland, can be somewhat noisy though) and an outlet of Morton's Steakhouse:

    Prairie Grass Cafe
    601 Skokie Blvd.

    Morton's, The Steakhouse
    699 Skokie Blvd.

    Carson's, Stoney River, and Morton's are all fine steakhouses as well as offering other menu choices (notably the barbecue ribs at Carson's), whereas Masck and Prairie Grass Cafe have a more varied menu.

    If you're looking for something a bit more unusual in the fine dining arena, something that will really impress a foodie, you might want to consider traveling slightly further to go to Michael, in Winnetka, which is about five miles southeast of the two places in Northbrook above. You can read the description of my recent dinner there here on Chowhound:

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks. I'll make a report if we visit any of your recommendations.

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Masck is long gone. Nick's Fishmarket Cafe is now in that location. Nothing special.

        Di Pescara in Northbrook Court shopping center is pretty good.

      2. A great Italian restaurant is Italian Kitchen. It's a local owned family restaurant. Nothing fancy, actually very informal in an old strip mall, but is it ever good. It has been there for at least 20 yrs. I still can't find a better Veal Marsala anywhere.

        If you are on Lake Cook take Waukegan Rd. North. to Deerfield Rd. (about 1.5 miles)

        The address is 648 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL (847) 945-2727

        1. I second the rec for Prairie Grass Cafe - probably the most chowish food in that area.

          Other good options:
          Timbers (Skokie Blvd, north of Lake Cook) - excellent, but not particularly creative fish and steaks. Plus, they have really good warm cheddar rolls.

          Restaurante Abruzzo (Deerfield Mall, Lake Cook and Waukegan) is good red-sauce Italian)

          Also, there are a couple of good delis nearby. Neither is stellar, but they are good lunch (or dinner) options:
          - Max & Benny's (Waukegan, south of Lake Cook) - huge place with a big menu
          - Max's (Crossroads Plaza, Skokie Blvd and Lake Cook)

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          1. re: SuzMiCo

            I wouldn't call Timbers "excellent". I wouldn't call it terrible, exactly; I've just found the food there to be very ordinary. And I'm not referring to the creativity, just that most of their food is no better than you would find at your local Applebee's, Chili's, etc. I've never left there thinking, "Gee, that was REALLY good food!"

            The food at Prairie Grass Cafe is very good. But it's one of the noisiest places I've ever been to.

            Thanks, bigmamma, for the note about Masck.

            1. re: SuzMiCo

              I just read on another board that Timbers is now closed.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                Wow. Timbers was where we went practically every Friday growing up. My parents will be devastated. The nostalgia factor probably influenced my use of the word "excellent" (although I had really good soft shell crabs there just last year), but the food was definitely better than Applebee's, Chili's etc.

                No use arguing about it now though. Thanks for the info.

            2. Restaurant Row along Milwaukee is just a couple minutes west, and Rick Tramanto's new restaurants at the Westin at Lake Cook are wonderful.

              Osteria de Tramonto and
              Tramonto's Steak and Seafood
              The Westin Chicago North Shore hotel
              601 N. Milwaukee Avenue
              Wheeling, IL, 60090


              1. Timbers is closed as of January 1. It's rumored that Gibson's is going in there.

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