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Restaurant recommendations with a color in the name

We've been challenged to come up with a restaurant with good food that also has a color in its name. This is a longstanding theme with some friends. So far, we've been to Turquoise, Sepia, Silver Seafood, Sage Grill, Golden Chef, Vermilion, Marigold, Hot Chocolate, and so on. The only requirements are that the food has to be good and that it will take reservations for a party of 4 on a Saturday night. BYOB is fine, and anything from casual to uber-fancy is okay with us. We live in the far north burbs (near Gurnee), but are willing to travel 1+ hours. Ideas?

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Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Golden Chef Restaurant
7156 W 84th Pl, Bridgeview, IL 60455

Jul 19, 2011
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

As a matter of fact, nonprophet, there are a few new ethnic entrants in the area. Wholly Frijoles recently opened on Grand Avenue across from Great America. We were there a few months ago and they were still working out the kinks in their service, but it's the same upscale Mexican menu served at their very popular Lincolnwood location.

Also, Himalayan chose Waukegan (on Grand just east the Route 41 overpass) for their third area restaurant. The menu is mostly Indian food with a few Himalayan dishes mixed in. We love Indian food and frequent this place quite a bit; there's nothing IMO that compares with it north of Devon Avenue.

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Wholly Frijoles
3908 W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Himalayan Restaurant
8265 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714

Jun 11, 2011
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

We just returned from dinner at Rhapsody Cafe on Dilley's Road. The food was excellent, and the service was very good too. The ambiance isn't necessarily heavy-duty romantic (in part because they serve breakfast all day), but their BBQ chicken was very moist and tender, and the citrus reduction on the fish special (and also available on the menu-based sesame crusted tuna) was fabulous.

Thanks, abf005 for putting us onto this place!

Jul 21, 2009
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Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

After writing about The Docks in Wauconda, we decided to revisit. Despite a new chef, the steaks and other items are still very good. Right now, they are offering some wonderful deals: on Mondays and Tuesdays, entrees are buy-one-get-one-free. Beers and martinis are also half-price Monday through Thursday. They're doing it to build their business, so I'm not sure how long this will last.

Nov 29, 2007
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

I love this discussion board -- my husband and I eat out every Tuesday night, and I regularly scan through the new listings for any places we haven't tried.

In Wauconda (which is only about 20 minutes from Gurnee), the new place on Bang's Lake has finally opened. It's called The Dock, and is on the north side of Route 176 as you're coming into Wauconda. We checked it out a few weeks ago, and were impressed. They have a broad menu. The waitress talked us into having meat (filet for me, pork chops for my husband) after telling us that one of the owners is a meat purveyor. She was right -- the meats were wonderful and very reasonably priced. If you're in the mood for steaks or chops, give it a try and report back. (They also have Stella Artois on tap, which always makes hubby happy!)

A few folks have wondered about Firkin in downtown Libertyville. This is one of our very favorite places. It has an awesome bar, and combined with the decor reminds me of some funky (but fabulous) place you might find in Bucktown. They share a kitchen with the Village Tavern, and their food is definitely a cut above what you would expect -- many of their dishes are quite original, and it's always well prepared. The emphasis is on sandwiches and appetizers, but there are entrees as well.

Nov 27, 2007
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

We gave 545 North (on Milwaukee in downtown Libertyville) a try the other night. I really wanted to give it a complete rave review, but unfortunately have to stop a bit short of that.

The atmosphere is great; it is beautifully appointed and comes across as a sleek city place dressed down just a bit to suit the suburbs. The service was also excellent. Their menu is limited to fewer than a dozen entrees, which isn't a problem for me (although it may be for some people).

My martini was excellent, and they have Stella Artois on tap (which is always a plus for my husband). On the recommendation of our server, we split a Caesar salad that was very good, although we found out when the bill came that we were charged $3 extra to split a $7 salad. (That was one demerit.)

I had the barbecued wild salmon, which was very tasty, well-prepared, and a substantial portion of fish. No complaints at all, and well worth the approx $20 it cost. My husband had the roasted half chicken and, while it was very good, he groused (no pun intended!) about it being the smallest chicken he ever saw. (That was the only other demerit.)

All things considered, though, we will definitely go back so we can try other items on their menu.

Jan 18, 2007
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

I can echo the comments about Full Moon -- as diners go, it's one of the best. Their pea soup is a favorite of mine, and their gyros as very good as well.

We went to Royal Cantonese last night, on KateOC's recommendation. The decor was delightful and the service was good, but I was only moderately impressed by the food. The meats were tender and well-cooked, but the deep-fried items (eggroll, etc.) tasted and smelled rather greasy. I still vastly prefer Best Hunan (for close-by) and Golden Chef (when we're willing to drive a distance to get the very best).

Jan 10, 2007
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Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

KateOC: I can't tell you how many times I've driven past Royal Cantonese and wondered about it. Based on your recommendation, we'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

Dec 24, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

Chinese restaurants (at least good ones) are near and dear to my heart. The closest decent one, in my opinion, is Best Hunan in Vernon Hills. But if you're willing to take a drive, even into northern Cook County, the very best I've had outside of Chinatown is Golden Chef. It's at the very southern end of the Milwaukee Avenue restaurant row in Wheeling. The building looks like an old pancake house and the decor isn't much to write home about, but their food is outstanding, the portions are huge, and it's a very friendly place. Everything is fresh and high quality.

Dec 22, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

I have two more restaurants to report on:

Johnny's Chophouse on Route 83 just south of Route 173 in Antioch: We've now eaten there twice, and the food is good. The steaks outshine the chicken entrees, but the service is good, the drinks are large, and the prices are very reasonable. I believe only the filets are over $20.

The Full Slab has finally opened at Waterstone Place in Third Lake (just north of Washington Street on Route 45). The ribs were, at best, okay -- and this is supposed to be their "claim to flame". Side dishes were small and not especially good, and the prices were pretty high for what you get. We went a few days after they opened, so the bumps in the service I'm willing to attribute to the start-up, but the food isn't likely to improve with greater time and experience.

Dec 03, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

We've been to Bistro Kirkou a few times; it's quite good. It's French, similar to D&J Bistro (just up the road a bit) and a very friendly atmosphere. Each time we've gone, the owner has come around to talk to all the diners.

Dec 03, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago.. Steakhouse?

For a downtown venue, the Chicago Chop House is excellent. If you're headed for the suburbs, Pete Miller's (in both Evanston and Wheeling) is probably the best. When it comes to good steakhouses, though, "least expensive" is probably irrelevant -- they're all expensive. The trick is to find one that is worth the price.

Nov 14, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

Looking for any unturned stones in or near Gurnee

We went to Steven's just the other night, and it was quite good. (Neither of us had steaks, though, so I can't report on that.)

Other very places in the area that haven't been mentioned yet are:

Park Street (just off Route 45 on Park Street in downtown Mundelein) -- excellent fine dining restaurant with sandwiches as well

Sake Zake (on Route 83 just north of Washington in Grayslake) -- sushi and their cooked dishes are all outstanding. This is actually a "destination" type restaurant.

Twin Oaks (in Wilmot, Wisconsin) -- also fine dining (although it's not unusual to see diners in ballcaps), run by a chef from one of the Mag Mile hotels who got tired of the rat race more than a decade ago

The Italian restaurant in the strip mall on Butterfield near Allanson Road (the same strip center with Kaiser's Pizza) is also very good

Green Basil (in Rivertree Plaza, on the SW corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee, in Vernon Hills) -- upscale Thai

Sushi Masa (in the same shopping mall, but facing Route 60) -- I think someone had mentioned this place. We've been there several times and it's very nice. The sushi is excellent albeit not very inventive; their soups are great!

Oct 05, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area

Sushi Near Gurnee?

While it's a little bit of a drive, Sake Zake is excellent. They're on Route 83, just north of Washington Street.

Oct 05, 2006
DrGail in Chicago Area