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Nov 18, 2012 06:07 AM

Glen Ellyn

Will be spending a couple of weeks in Glen Ellyn in December. Searched the board for dinner recs but found little there. Anyone with knowledge of the area? Will have one or two breakfasts and lunches as well...but mainly dinner. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. I travel to that area regularly, for lunch as well as for dinner. Glen Ellyn itself doesn't have much, but surrounding towns offer a lot of great choices.

    Two of my favorite restaurants in the western suburbs are nearby. Parker's is in Downers Grove, and specializes in fresh seafood and Neopolitan pizza. It's terrific. Sergio's Cucina is in Addison and has outstanding Italian food.

    In Glen Ellyn itself, Glen Prairie is a contemporary American restaurant in the Crowne Plaza hotel. I've been there for lunch, and it's very good.

    Other places I've been in that area, and enjoyed, include Reel Club, a seafood restaurant in the mall in Oak Brook; Holy Mackerel, a seafood restaurant in Lombard; Mon Ami Gabi, a French bistro in the mall at Oak Brook; Greek Islands, for Greek food in Lombard; Antico Posto, an Italian restaurant in the mall in Oak Brook; and Tuscany, an Italian restaurant in Oak Brook. (Just FYI, there are also a lot of national chains represented in Lombard and Oak Brook: Maggiano's, Kona Grill, Weber Grill, Cheesecake Factory, TGI Friday's, PFChang's, McCormick & Schmick, etc.)

    Places that are on my radar - places I haven't tried, but have heard good things about - include Adelle's in Wheaton for contemporary American, and two crepes places, La France in Lombard and Suzette's in Wheaton. There are others but these are at the top of my list of places to try.

    If you'd like to try our delicious local specialty of deep-dish pizza, Lou Malnati's has a location on Geneva Road (technically Carol Stream but practically in Glen Ellyn) that's carry-out and delivery only. If you want to dine-in at Malnati's, there are locations in Naperville, but they're a bit further.

    In a similar vein (and a great place for lunch) is Portillo's, where you can find our local specialties of Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs. There's a location near the north end of Glen Ellyn on North Avenue in Glendale Heights, and near the south end of Glen Ellyn on Butterfield Road in Downers Grove.

    All of the above are open for weekday lunch as well as dinner, with the exception of the dinner-only Adelle's. Some are also open for weekend brunch.


    4 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thank you! I have greatly appreciated your recs for many of my visits to Chicago. This part of Chicagoland I am unfamiliar with and I greatly appreciate your extensive list.

      1. re: nsxtasy

        A few days ago I had lunch at Ivy, an American restaurant in downtown Wheaton. It was very good. I especially enjoyed the decor; the building has housed many different businesses over the years, but it was originally a church and still has a large stained-glass window.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          I'll second Ivy, I had the Cuban sandwich and it was spot on. My partner is vegetarian and had an excellent pumpkin ravioli. Great service, elegant setting for lunch.

          1. re: LikestoEatout

            One additional note: I'd suggest making a reservation in advance. The restaurant was around 90 percent full at lunchtime on a Monday.

            I had the shaved prime rib sandwich and enjoyed it...

      2. Having lived in Glen Ellyn most of my life, I have to say that Glen Ellyn has come a long way in the past 10 years or so with dining options and has quite a few worth mentioning.

        Honey Cafe in downtown Glen Ellyn is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many organic, locally grown, vegan & gluten-free options.

        Alfie's Inn on Roosevelt in Glen Ellyn has been around for as long as I can remember... known for their melt-in-your-mouth burgers, great onion rings and ribs at very reasonable prices. Chicago's Best recently did a segment on Alfie's.

        Vitorio's in downtown Glen Ellyn is a small and festive Italian restaurant that has excellent food, friendly service and serves a great chocolate martini (I always order one for dessert).

        Cab's (short for Cabernet) has a interesting menu and great wine list. They often have live music, if that interests you.

        Shannon's Irish Pub in downtown Glen Ellyn is also a good, casual choice. The food is above-average for an Irish pub. Very cozy... the best part is that they have an outside patio that is tented and heated with a fireplace and heaters for the winter.

        Santa Fe for Mexican is right next to Shannon's... love the atmosphere, the food is good and the margueritas are strong:)!

        For quick Mexican, Chicks 'n Salsa on Roosevelt is quite good. Everything is made fresh, no canned ingredients. They were voted the best fish taco in the Chicago area a few years ago.

        As nsxtasy mentioned, Glen Prairie is also an excellent choice. LaFrance in Lombard is great... have never been to France, but after dining there, I felt like I had been! It's also byob..

        Another of our favorite breakfast places is Egglectic Cafe in Wheaton (2 locations).

        For Vietnamese, Luong Loi in Wheaton is excellent... love their fresh spring rolls, vietnamese pancake and salt & pepper shrimp. Friendly, attentive service... byob

        Enjoy your time in Glen Ellyn.... if there's any specific type of food you're looking for, let us know and we'll head you in the right direction!

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        1. re: wineaux

          Wow, wineaux! I grew up in Glen Ellyn and visit often. That was a great list!

          1. re: Allieroseww

            Thanks, it is a great place to grow up & visit.... I remember years ago (ok, really dating myself here) before the original Santa Fe opened up in the now Vitorio location, the only restaurants around were May Ling on Main Street, Barone's and another restaurant that specialized in reuben sandwiches that was on the corner of Main & Duane (where flour & wine is now). Also, can't forget about the Cock Robin across from where the current police station is. Now there are so many great choices and ethnic options. Not to mention that downtown Glen Ellyn now stays alive well after 8:00:)

            1. re: wineaux

              Wineaux, let's see how far back you really go. I was a waitress at Tiffany's Parlor. Does that ring a bell?

              1. re: Allieroseww

                Tiffany's.... that was the restaurant known for their reubens!! Yes! Went there often, so there's a good chance you waited on us. That would've been mid-70's?? What a small world! Let's see.... do you remember Lum's on Roosevelt Road? Used to love their beef sandwiches!

                1. re: wineaux

                  I loved Lum's! I worked there! Great sandwiches and basic dishes. They had those frosted schooner's for beer, ice cold (nothing I would want or drink now) loved their burgers. All of us from COD would go hang out there that's how I got the job.

                  1. re: wineaux

                    Wineaux, it was the late 80s when I waitressed there. It was a really fun job! I don't remember Lum's - maybe it was gone by then? My parents were always at Alfie's on Roosevelt Road, which I believe is still there.

                  2. re: Allieroseww

                    Tiffany's Parlor? Was that the place on the southeast corner of Duane and Main with the big purple awnings?

                    1. re: Mallomary

                      Yes.... Tiffany's was at Duane & Main.

                      And yes, Alifie's is still there... we were just there this past week. Nothing beats an ice cold beer and burger with a side of onion rings at Alfie's!

              2. re: wineaux

                Thank you...looking forward to trying a number of these suggestions!