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Dinner in Kearney, NE?

I'm sure this is too late for the original poster, but for anyone who passes through this area, a must stop is Skeeter Barnes. We stayed in Kearney on a drive from Chicago to Denver. I saw the billboard for Skeeter Barnes and literally picked it just for the name. What a fortunate choice for a chowhound foodie! They do barbeque and steaks to rival anything in Chicago (and obviously due to the location, the prices beat Chicago by quite a bit). We happened to end up there on New Year's Eve. I had a tender, deliciously seasoned filet with mashed potatoes and wine/butter sauteed mushrooms. My husband had a 3 meat BBQ combo with brisket, smoked pork and Texas sausage (with a salad and bbq beans). The pork and sausage were excellent. Brisket was good, but we're spoiled by a really good place with to die for brisket in Chicago. They don't cover their BBQ with sauce either, they give you a their 3 various heat sauces on the table to put on yourself.

We also got a ginormous piece of their carrot cake to eat at the hotel later. That was excellent as well.

Just south of I-80 at the exit for Kearney. Great service and awesome food. Wonderful surprise in the middle of nowhere Nebraska!

Jan 01, 2012
KateOC in Great Plains

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Sorry I left you hanging people. Actually went to Blue House Korean in May. Definitely a win for Lake County. Really good Korean BBQ. Great atmosphere, more upscale than the mom and pop Korean in the city, but not as pretentious as Woo Lae Oak in Arlington Heights. Mine and my husband's absolute favorite thing about the "decor" has got to be the "Easy Button" on the wall by each table - basically a button to page your waitress when you need something. That cracked us up. We went with 2 other couples -so total of 6 people, which is as many as their table seat, by the way. Then we totally over-ordered. Everything was good, the only dish that we all agreed was less than stellar was the Korean "bacon". The other pork and beef dishes we had were tasty. Let's support this place and keep it open in a somewhat challenging location on Townline Road.

Sep 29, 2009
KateOC in Chicago Area

North Central Michigan suggestions?

We're headed to a dog show in Frankenmuth, MI for the entire week. Any good eats in the area? It's north of Flint, south of Saginaw, but either of those might be close enough to trek to if there's something not to miss.

Apr 25, 2009
KateOC in General Midwest Archive

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Has anyone tried the new Korean BBQ place that just opened on Route 60, just west of Butterfield in Mundelein? I think it's called Blue Korean. I hope it's good - I'd be so excited to have a good Korean place close by.

Apr 22, 2009
KateOC in Chicago Area

Valentine's Northern Lake County Style!

So where did you end up going? My DH and I postponed our V-Day dinner until tonight and are headed to Binanti's Taste of Italy in Antioch.

Feb 15, 2008
KateOC in Chicago Area

Valentine's Northern Lake County Style!

This is probably too late, but I think the other restaurant in Wilmot is Twin Oaks. Also, if you haven't been there yet, try The Tavern in Libertyville. Very romantic and great food.

Feb 14, 2008
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

One more -- rumor has it there's a new place called "The Lake House" in the strip mall at Grass Lake Road and Deep Lake Road in Lake Villa. Anypne been there yet?

Feb 14, 2008
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Glad to see this thread is still going. Any opinions on Oliverii North vs. Binanti's Taste of Italy? I've been to Oliverii and thought it was very good. Thinking of trying Binanti's for a change.
Also, has anyone been to the new martini bar/tapas place in Antioch? A friend tells me it's fantastic but couldn't remember the name.

Feb 14, 2008
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

I have to second the choice of Tina's Italian Bake Shop. Awesome sandwiches and homemade cannoli. Really nice, relaxed atmosphere for a lunch date.
DH and I recently discovered a good new option for pizza -- Rumor's in Fox Lake. We got a small stuffed and it weighed 14 pounds (and was tasty)! The chef/owner has won multiple awards while he was working for the Carmen's chain. Rumor has it (ha ha) that his ribs are good too, but we haven't tried them yet. Note, we did get our pizza to go. The atmosphere is kind of lacking -- regular bar flies playing pool with country music loudly blasting.
As for BBQ, we tried Herm's in Antioch recently. We got the rib tips and pulled pork. I thought the tips were overcooked and tough. The pulled pork was too fatty for my taste, too. I know the Full Slab in Grayslake seems like it's trying to hard, but I still think the BBQ was better there. I love the choice of multiple sauces. Order whatever you get without sauce and experiment.

Sep 09, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Where can I buy frozen Tilapia Loins?

I got them at the Costco in Lake Zurich recently, too.

Jun 25, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Wednesday night North side/Evanston

Two options that leap to mind are Heartland Cafe on Lunt, which should satisfy all of your requirements, and Blind Faith in Evanston. I'm not sure if Blind Faith has any outdoor seating though.

May 19, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Dinner in Crown Point/Merrillville Area

Thanks for the great rec. I had debated between Teibel's in Schererville or Lucrezia's. Most of our group was staying in Crown Point so we ended up at Lucrezia's. DH pointed out right away on their menu they said that they had been on Check Please (actually their Chesterton location) and then I remembered seeing it. Our group of 9 loved it. They don't take reservations, but we didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes at 6:30 on a Saturday. DH and I split the perfectly cooked pan fried scallops in lemon cream sauce to start. Our friends had the stuffed portobello (stuffed with smoked chicken in a saffron sauce I believe) and the huge bruschetta. Both got raves. I had the rigatoni w/smoked chicken, portobellos and sun dried tomatoes. It was a little heavy on the tomatoes, but otherwise excellent. DH had the salmon fettucine alfredo, also a hit. Other choices in our group were the stuffed chicken breast, pork chop and stuffed eggplant. All reportedly very good. For dessert DH and I split this monstrosity (in a good way) called a "zuccotto". It was a dome of chocolate sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse and pistachios, served with 2 sauces, raspberry and chocolate cream. Our friends got the tiramisu, poppy seed cheesecake and the stuffed strawberries (stuffed w/mascarpone cheese). The service was very attentive. An excellent time was had by all! I just wish it wasn't over 2 hours away from where I live!

Apr 16, 2007
KateOC in General Midwest Archive

Dinner in Crown Point/Merrillville Area

I need a casual dinner rec for this Saturday for 6 of us. Someplace we can get in without waiting too long. Any ethnicity, must serve alcohol!

Apr 12, 2007
KateOC in General Midwest Archive

The Shamrock Shake

I didn't order it, but saw a sign for them at the McD's near me in Fox Lake. And I know I've seen signs for them at other McD's, at least in the northern burbs.

Mar 13, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

BYOB for a group

I'd recommend Dorado on Foster. It's BYOB and they take reservations for large groups. The food was great and they have an open kitchen. We had a blast there for my friend's 40th last year.

Mar 06, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Favorite Restaurant in Andersonville/Ravenswood area?

Definitely Reza's... and they deliver!

Jan 28, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Elston/Addison area pre-theatre

Husband has instructed me to pick a restaurant in this area for before we go to a play nearby next Friday. We're both foodies, but anti-"froo froo" food, as my husband calls it. So far I've come up with San Goo Gap San and Tagine as possibilities. I've always wanted to try Korean BBQ, so we may go that direction. We're going to be coming from up north, so anything south of Evanston is pretty much fair game. (south of Evanston because we lived there and want to try something new)

Jan 12, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Ok, I know what you mean and agree. There are very few old school type diners left. I've heard raves about Fred's from my Grayslake friends, but haven't been there. The only place I've been to anywhere around here is Sarki's in Evanston (unfortunately no longer owned by him) where my husband has been going all his life. The only other genuine old school diner I've been to in my life then is Becky's in Portland, Maine (but that's for another board).

And, as long as you brought up the waitress, Flo: Kiss my grits!!

Jan 12, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

If you mean "diners", I'm partial to Full Moon on Hwy 41, especially for their chocolate shake and egg lemon soup. My family has been going there for more than 20 years. Also, we frequest Grandma V's in Mundelein. Their homemade soups and philly cheese steak sandwich are my faves.

Jan 10, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Best value food in chicago

Pita Inn is also a great value in quantity and quality for the money (and again, not in the city proper). It has 3 locations, in Skokie, Wheeling and Des Plaines. I always get the Combination Plate at lunch or dinner. It's enough for two people. It usually includes shawerma, beef kabob, kifta kabob, falafel, rice, salad and pita for $7.00.

Jan 04, 2007
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Well, if you're going to talk about Lake Forest as an option, you can't leave out The Lantern for absolutely the best burgers on the North Shore! (with Hackney's being a close second)

Dec 31, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

For Chinese, the best I've had outside of Chinatown (and I'm a Lao Sze Chuan regular)is Royal Cantonese at the corner of 45 and 83 in Vernon Hills. They'll customize any dish how you like it (for spice, substitutions, etc.). Really good potstickers and orange beef. Also the only place outside of Chinatown where I've found salt and pepper squid. Also, a full bar and great service.

Dec 23, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Any preferences between the Curry Pot on Washington versus Bombay City on Grand? Haven't been to either yet, trying to pick one for dinner tonight.

Dec 15, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Need opinion on 3 Atlanta restaurants

I'm headed to Atlanta for my high school reunion this weekend after about 20 years away. I need opinions please as to the quality, what to order and how dressy the following 3 restaurants are:

Buckhead Barn, 576 Broadland Road
Woodfire Grill, 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road
J. Christopher's, 227 Sandy Springs Place

The control freak (and chowhound)in me is dying that I don't have any control over where I get to eat this weekend!

Oct 18, 2006
KateOC in General South Archive

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

FYI - The Italian Place on Butterfield is called Mambo Italiano.

I'll second the recommendation for Park Street. They have "create your own calzones" on the menu, too. The bar also attracts a nice, "grown-up" crowd on weekends. Used to have a great brunch, but I think they eliminated it.

Always wondered about Sake Zake, I'll have to try it.

Oct 07, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Indian food in northern suburbs

There are 2 good places I've been to up north. One is The Peacock on Route 60 in Vernon Hills in the strip mall across the street from Hawthorn Mall. Great lunch buffet every day. Also really good chicken makhani. There's also a place in Buffalo Grove that some people argue is better called India House in a strop mall on Route 83. I've been to both and find them to be pretty equal. The ambiance is slightly better at India House. There's also a Curry Pot restaurant in Gurnee, but I haven't been to it yet.

Sep 25, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

First of all, I have to say how excited I am as a "far northsider" about how much response this thread has garnered. I posted once already, but had to share some more. I went to an amazing Octoberfest at Steitz's in Antioch on Grass Lake last weekend. The food was above average for a fest and the setting overlooking the lake was neat. I've seen their regular menu online (which actually isn't German) and look forward to trying it. I also have to mention Oliveri North's in Antioch for good upscale Italian food and great service.
Word on The Vine in Grayslke mentioned above, is that it's outrageously expensive.
There's also a restaurant in McHenry, on hwy. 120 just west of rte. 12(not far from Gurnee depending on what side of it you live on) called Le Vicchyssois (sp?) that got a good review from Phil Vettel. I haven't been yet. Any opinions?

Sep 23, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Thurs, Fri dinner for ten buckeyes

Go to The Keg or Tommy Nevin's Irish Pub in Evanston. Make sure you wear plenty of Buckeyes-wear!

Sep 23, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Help! Dinner spot needed tween Lake Forest and Evanston

Went to Lake Forest College, met fiance (now husband) who lived in Evanston. This is a subject I'm very familiar with. Francesco's Hole in the Wall was absolutely the first place that leapt to mind. Great food at a great price, but with the inconvenience of only taking cash. Also consider Francesca's North in Highland Park. Great food, but can be pricey, depending what you order. In Lake Forest proper, I've got to stick to my Lake Forest College roots and recommend The Lantern, the best burger on the north shore, if not the entire state. In Evanston proper, Olive Mountain is the best value for the money. It's middle eastern food at its best. Order the combo meal. There's also a location of Hackney's on Harms off of Lake street in Glenview(?). A close second for best burger to The Lantern, but absolutely the best onion rings (actually a "loaf") and awesome reuben. Please let us northsiders know where you end up going! Us chowhounds are also total food voyeurs!

Sep 23, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

I'm in the same boat in Fox Lake (no pun intended). There are bars every other store front, but few good restaurants. Here are the ones I've found to be good in our general area:

Country Squire in Grayslake (great brunches on holidays)
Tony's Paisans Ristorante in Gurnee(excellent creative Italian)
Cafe Pyrenees in Libertyville (pricey but good)
Thai Noodles and Rice in Libertyville

Aug 16, 2006
KateOC in Chicago Area