Good restaurants near great lakes naval station
Lake Bluff is the next town south of North Chicago, where Great Lakes is located. There's a new restaurant in Lake Bluff that's FANTASTIC. It's called Inovasi. The food is outstanding and the price makes it extremely reasonable. I wrote a long detailed report on my wonderful dinner there recently, and posted it on Chowhound at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687962 The restaurant's website is www.inovasi.us
Highwood (8 miles away) also has quite a few decent places, including Gabriel's ( www.egabriels.com ) for upscale Italian-French food, Froggy's the French bistro ( www.froggyscatering.com/01-frenchcafe.html ), La Casa de Isaac ( www.lacasadeisaac.com ) for Mexican food, and the Curry Hut ( www.curryhutrestaurant.com ) for Indian food. But Inovasi is better than all of these, and it's only 2 miles from the base.
28 E. Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
I believe Bacci's is now closed. Sorry. For less atmosphere and money, Noodle Bar in Lake Bluff is good eats. It is across the street. Great little hamlet and very reasonably priced. Service is good, but the space is tight. If you get a window seat, you better be pretty thin in order to try to leave the restaurant. They pack em in!
30 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085
I've got one for you! If you like pizza, I recommend trying Silo Restaurant in Lake Bluff, approx. 5-7 min from base. If you like authentic Mexican food, the atmosphere is dead but the food is AMAZING: El Fuego. You'll have to google/call for directions but I HIGHLY recommend their food. El Fuego is approx. 5 minutes away from base. Another great place for food and beverage is Aleks' bar & grill. They have amazing food all around and the hospitality is equally great. Good luck!
Be expected to make reservations a couple months in advance for Inovasi. If you are interested in Italian, I recommend Francesca's or Battaio (locally/family owned). Both are within 15 min from the Naval base and have very good, reasonably priced food!
28 E. Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
>> Be expected to make reservations a couple months in advance for Inovasi.
That's absolutely NOT necessary. For example, right now (Wednesday afternoon) Opentable shows openings at Inovasi for a table for two this Saturday at 6:00 and 8:00 (although not in between), and any other night of the week (including Friday) is wide open. Except Sundays, when they're closed.
Really, cuz I just checked directly with them and they said their weekends are pretty booked for the next 2 months. Weekdays are another story. This thread is for places to eat for graduation weekEND for the Great Lakes Naval Base. If you are going with family after graduation, your group size is going to be closer to 4 or more. If you go for two, you will not have as much of a problem obviously. But yes, expect to have to make reservations in advance as they are booked.
Tables for 4 are also available this Saturday for 6:00 and 8:00 (not in between); next Saturday (May 28) they appear to be fully booked; and availability is wide open for the three Saturdays after that. So yes, you're right, it's possible that they fill that far in advance on that one particular weekend, but not at other times.
As a general rule, of course, it never hurts to make a reservation as far in advance as you can, especially if there is an event going on that could make reservations difficult.
You have one place that raises above all the others for about a 20 mile radius. If you want to go somewhere special and amazing for your graduate to enjoy their accomplishment, this is it:
30 North Genesee, Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Telephone: 847 623 3121
Lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Dinner Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Evening reservations recommended.
**This place not only has a great menu of Italian dishes, the steaks and mushroom appetizer is not to be missed!
Ok, here is a rundown of the rest:
Right by the Great Lakes base area itself (North Chicago), there is absolutely NOTHING!
Lake Bluff is no better, 1 mile to the south, so don’t waste you time looking.
Waukegan (1-2 miles) has the best nearby options:
• Tacos Del Rey De Oro- easily the best Mexican food in the area
• The Dog House- for great diner style food and hot dogs
• Hussies – Great bar to drink and great bar food (Big pub style burgers etc.)
• Quonset- A decent thin crust pizza place
• Leno’s Subs- great subs and sandwiches
Gurnee (6 Miles northwest)
• Monkey Dish is new – I haven’t been yet, but I’m told it OK
• Giordano’s Pizza: the best deep dish pizza available in Lake County
• Backyard Steak pit – good steak- really nice onion ring loaf - ala Hackneys style
• Ichiban- a decent Japanese steakhouse (cook at your table place), its been here for years and is showing serious signs of wear and tear not pretty but tasty.
• Kaiser Pizza - Gurnee (for burgers and decent thin pizza)
• Lou Malnattis – also very good deep dish Pizza, but its take out only at this location.
• Almost every known US chain – Uno’s, Applebee, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden, and the list goes on and on.
Lake Villa and Round Lake (10 miles northwest)
• Scott Dogs: Great hot burgers etc, but it’s the Argentinean empanadas’, flank steak and chef made soups that really shine here.
• Lomeli's Rotisseria - Round Lake (excellent Mexican food- grilled/rotisserie chicken & outstanding burritos and tacos)
Libertyville, Vernon Hills and Mundelein (8-10 miles west)
• Tsukasa – Vernon Hills is the best Japanese steakhouse in the area
• Mickey Finns – Best burgers in Chicago, everything else on the menu is decent.
• Frank's for the Memories- Mundelein (best wings this side of Buffalo)
IMO: Places here are starting to get to the edge of too far for “local” but offer a great many excellent options:
Lake Forest, Highland Park and Highwood (15-20 miles south), Wheeling (20 miles southwest) and Kenosha, WI 15-20 Miles North. If you’re interested in driving, this far just let us know and many of can reel off lists that would make your head spin!
DO NOT GO TO:
• Gino’s East in Libertyville
• El Norte – Gurnee location
Lastly, this area does loosely fall into a previous Chowhound thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/313093 But the target area on the thread is a bit wider than the Navel base.
I agree with most of your recommendations, although I personally have not tried all of them. I have been to Lomeli's 3-4 times since it opened and think it is excellent for simple Mexican fare. IMO, the absolute best Mexican food in the area is El Jaliciense in Round Lake Park. They offer a more extensive menu and the food is just outstanding.
Thanks!! I'll have to give El Jaliciense a try, up until now I had never heard of it, Do you happen to have the address?
Oh yeah, here are two more DO NOT GO TO's:
Salutos Pizza & Pasta, Gurnee, IL
Tony's Paisans Ristorante Italiano, Gurnee, IL
Both are absolute garbage.
Franks For the Memories
645 E Hawley St, Mundelein, IL 60060
30 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085
2632 Washington St, Waukegan, IL 60085
Hussey's Downtown Tavern
110 S Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085
2602 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
Leno's Submarine Shop
1828 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
Monkey Dish Bar & Grill
5572 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031
7105 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031
488 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085
Lou Malnati's Pizzaria
45 St W Co Hwy, Grayslake, IL 60030
Backyard Steak Pit
1818 N Grandwood Dr, Gurnee, IL 60031
Ichiban Japanese Steak House
5340 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031
Kaiser's Pizza & Pub
1801 N Il Route 21, Gurnee, IL 60031
895 E Grand Ave, Lake Villa, IL 60046
Tsukasa of Tokyo
561 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Mickey Finn's Brewery
412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048