Tired of cooking? Tired of leftovers? But still have family in town? Then it's time to take the show on the road. Dining out with kids has its unique set of challenges, so we offer you this list where the kids will be welcomed but your taste buds will not have to suffer.
The Happ Inn
305 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-784-9200
The Happ Inn has become a neighborhood staple known for its inviting and dynamic atmosphere, fresh quality food, specialty craft beers and diverse wine list. This award winning restaurant is the perfect place to meet friends and family for a casual dinner or to grab a cold beer and quick bite while watching the game on a flat screen TV in the bar.
625 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, 847-234-6660
The Silo has been a landmark on the North Shore for over 43 years, serving famous pan pizza. In addition, award winning chili, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, and a full service bar compliment the menu. Gluten free options now available plus they have a magician on Sunday evenings from 5 – 8 pm.
Market House on the Square
655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-8800
If you are looking for something a little more upscale but still kid friendly, then this is your place. The menu offers classic American cooking rooted in tradition yet taking full advantage of current techniques. Everything is from scratch including fresh bread baked daily, flatbreads, dressings, sauces, pastas, cheeses sausages and more. Separate kid menu available as well.
Nu offers crafted food featuring the rich tradition of American Cooking we all grew up loving.
431 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-432-0301
Thin crust and double-decker pizza are specialties of the house. But the choices don't end with pizza; a complete menu of charbroiled burgers, Italian beef and sausage, soups, chili, salads and pastas with homemade sauces from traditional Highwood recipes are among Buffo's varied selection. A great place to catch a game, play some classic arcade games and some nights they host car shows!
Valley Lodge Tavern
2132 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, 847-724-7440
1141 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5675
With its homelike atmosphere, the Valley Lodge is another iconic restaurant on the North Shore. Started in 1969 in Glenview, the Stavrou family has been serving up mouthwatering burgers, as well as sandwiches, salads and entrees along with great service to keep customers coming back for years to come. A newer outpost of this North Shore staple is now open in Wilmette.
Old Neighborhood Grill
2902 Central St., Evanston, 847-492-9500
Old Neighborhood Grill offers a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features all of your old favorites – burgers, hotdogs, Italian beef and sausages, chicken, fish and rib eye steak sandwiches. They also have a number of Greek specialties, including gyros and shish-ka-bobs made from their own family recipes.
Real Urban BBQ
610 Central Ave., Highland Park, 224-770-4227
The owners are committed to bringing the best "Real Urban Barbecue," to their customers, and they have stayed true to that commitment. Their menu, served cafeteria style, features all of the classics: brisket, ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausage as well as a nice variety of sides and a varied selection of sauces to suit anyone's taste. For none beef eaters, there is also a selection of salads as well as fish tacos.
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