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Blufish Sushi Bistro

Captain’s Quarters

Chef Station

Dragon Inn North

Grandpa’s Place

Gusto Italiano


Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap

Lupita’s Restaurante

Noyes Street Café

Periyali Greek Taverna

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta

The Ridgeview Grill

That Little Mexican Café

Valley Lodge

Zingarella Bistro, Bakery & Market


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Blufish Sushi Bistro

2733 Pfingsten Rd.

Plaza Del Prado


(847) 272-3474


Blufish Sushi Bistro has brought

the downtown to the north suburbs.

Blufish features upscale Japanese

fusion fare set in a cozy buy contemporary

atmosphere. Executive

Chefs Hoky Pak and Jae Kim have

merged more than 55 years of

experience in Japanese cuisine.

They have combined their best

recipes and artistic creativities to

bring to birth Blufish Sushi Bistro.

Not only does Blufish offer the

freshest most artistically presented

sushi, but also it has a wide selection

of cooked Japanese cuisine.

The signature maki rolls create new

textures and flavors that excite and

impress diners. Blufish strives to

take the best and freshest ingredients

nature has to offer, add some

fun and fusion and produce harmonious

flavored dishes presented in

beautiful detail.

Captain’s Quarters

3566 N. Milwaukee Ave.


(847) 298-5091

Enjoy great conversation, heated

sports discussions and the freshest

food and drink, First-class stewards

who delight in creating a warm,

cozy experience, deliver meals that

are sure to please even the most

demanding of palates. The

Captain’s Quarters menu is the centerpiece

of this unique casual/finedining

hybrid establishment. The

blend of American, Greek, Italian

and Asian styled cuisine has been

delighting patrons for more than 30

years. Fresh seafood, red meats,

lamb, duck, chickenm pasta and

gyros are all prepared in a variety of

tantalizing presentations. A healthy

variety of salads and daily homemade

soups perfectly complement

any meal. The ample wine cellar

features selections by the glass or

bottle, and the bar is stocked well

with favorite adult beverages. Bon


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Chef Station

915 Davis St.


(847) 570-9821


As described by Chicago

Magazine: “Sophisticated preparations

are the hallmark of this

appealing spot, tucked into an

endearingly restored old train station.

Every detail delivers, from the

perfect warm, crusty French country

bread to the slight sugary crunch

atop a Gran Marnier soufflé. Stellar

entrees include crisp-skinned walleye

in a lobster sweet paprika

Beurre blanc and a tender rack of

lamb accompanied by a thyme

infused red wine reduction. Bread

pudding sounds rustic but could not

be more refined or pleasing.” The

perfect combination of lighthearted

attitude and intense, complex flavor

in an atmosphere that proves fine

dining does not have to be uptight.

Dragon Inn North

1650 Waukegan Rd.


(847) 729-8383

This award-winning Mandarin

restaurant is renowned for its Moo

Shu pork with Mandarin Pancake.

The creative, experienced chef has

developed spectacular variations,

such as Moo Shu Chicken.

Combined with Singapore Noodles

and Shrimp Hunan, it provides an

authentic, delicious, oriental taste

treat certain to be long remembered.

Every selection from the

extensive menu is cooked to order

so individual taste preferences or

dietary needs are provided for the

pleasure of customers. Friends,

family members or special guests

can enjoy Dragon Inn North’s warm,

inviting atmosphere.

Grandpa’s Place

1868 Prairie St.


(847) 724-1390


Come home to Grandpa’s...a

Glenview tradition since 1898! Its

comfortable and relaxed dining

room is both family friendly and fun

for gatherings of friends. The moderately

priced menu offers

Grandpa’s famous chili, world-class

burgers, salads, Southwestern dishes

as well as a year-round Friday

Night Fish Fry. Visit the bar to watch

games and sporting events on one

of its five flat screen televisions.

Come watch monthly live entertainment.

Visit www.grandpasplace.com

for upcoming schedule.

Gusto Italiano

1470 Waukegan Rd.

Carillon Square


(847) 729-5444


It is no wonder that Gusto is

Glenview’s oldest Italian restaurant.

Founded in 1984, Gusto was purchased

seven years ago by veteran

restaurateur Andrew Karas. Gusto’s

Kitchen, under Andrew’s guidance,

is known for favorites such as

Chicken Vesuvio, Eggplant

Parmagiana, White Fish Picante,

Veal Marsala as well as traditional

dishes prepared with a flair -all at

prices that will make you come

back again. In addition to the white

tablecloth restaurant, an elegant

lounge is designed in warm tones to

relax with a cocktail or to share an

appetizer. For larger gatherings,

Gusto Italiano offers a private banquet

room awash in the colors of

Tuscany. Here, you can entertain 25

to 120 guests. A catering menu is

available to customize your gathering.

In warmer months, dine outside

on the patio. Come share what

North Shore residents have enjoyed

for more than 25 years.



1514 E. Lake Ave.


(847) 724-7171

1241 Harm Rd.


(847) 724-5577


The average lifespan of a restaurant is

three years. Hackney’s has been around since

1939. Its secret? Simple stuff. A warm, comfortable

atmosphere. People who remember

your name. Oh, and terrific food. Such as the

Hackneyburger. A juicy half-pound of freshly

ground beef on home-baked bread, recently

voted Best Burger by NorthShore Magazine.

Or those crispy, classic onion rings, named

one of the top three in the U.S.A. Hackney’s

also serves fresh salads, seafood, chicken,

on-tap beers and lots of other tasty options.

The chain is also legendary for its partythrowing

prowess, honed during 70 years of

making people happy. Baby showers, birthday

parties, sports banquets, just about reason to

celebrate is a reason to celebrate at


Hackney’s has locations in Glenview,

Wheeling, Lake Zurich, Palos Park and the

Printers’ Row neighborhood of Chicago.

Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap

1740 Milwaukee Ave.


(847) 699-9999


Home of the best wood-roasted chicken!

This cozy and casual restaurant provides

freshly prepared food at affordable prices. In

addition to the wood-roasted chicken, the

menu also features steaks and chops, fresh

fish, salads and, everyone’s favorite, real

mashed potatoes. Specials are offered daily

and include charbroiled fresh fish, chicken al

forno and shrimp fontinella. Don’t forget to

save room for dessert; the fresh baked apple

pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel is a


Johnny’s spacious bar offers a full wine list,

wide selection of beers on tap and an extensive

martini list. The party room can accommodate

up to 70 people. On the other hand,

let Johnny’s come to you. Call for its catering

menu. Johnny’s is open 7 days a week from

11 a.m. and holidays.

Lupita’s Restaurante

700 Main St.


(847) 328-2255


Lupita’s Restaurante has been serving the

Chicagoland area for 20 years. Stop in and try

a warm, complimentary basket of homemade

chips and mini taquitos. Indulge yourself with

its award-winning nachos or choose from a

wide array of delectable dishes, certain to

captivate all palates like scallops, red snapper,

chiles rellenos or the grilled chicken breast

with Mexican sausage.

What makes Lupita’s special is that when

you’re here, you’re like family. Come in and

join us for a fiesta! Grab your family, friends or

that special someone.

Enjoy entertaining live music most Friday

and Saturday nights. Hours are Tuesday

through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.,

Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon

to 10 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

Noyes Street Café

828 Noyes St.


(847) 475-8683


Noyes Street Café is located across the

street from the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in

Evanston. Retro-style posters, exposed brick

and bright colors create a relaxed, laid-back

atmosphere at this Evanston mainstay.

The menu offers an inspired array of selections

that is sure to satisfy everyone in your

group, every time. Load up on American and

Mediterranean favorites such as the Noyes

Street BLT, untraditional Greek salad, whitefish

and pasta primavelli. Noyes Street Café offers

something for just about any palate; grilled

shrimp salad, N.Y. steak, Greek-style lamb

chops and honey-basil chicken are just a few

of the offerings from this eclectic menu.

Noyes also has an excellent wine and beer

choices and children’s menu. The chefs strictly

follow traditional family recipes using only

fresh, high-quality ingredients. Each meal is

prepared not only to taste but also with visual

presentation in mind. Noyes serves lunch, dinner

and weekend brunch with many Greek

and Italian specials. Carryout is available.

Dinner daily, lunch Monday–Friday,

breakfast/brunch Saturday–Sunday.

Reservations are accepted.

Periyali Greek Taverna

9860 Milwaukee Ave.


(847) 296-2232


If you’re looking for delicious Greek cuisine

combined with the festive atmosphere of a

Greek Taverna, Periyali fits the bill. The

Mediterranean-inspired cooking is a notch

above the norm. Dishes are innovative and

include a large number of tapas and enticing

entrees. Featured entrees include wood-roasted

chicken, lamb, fish and suckling pig every

weekend. Voted Best Greek Restaurant by

NorthShore Magazine.

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta

1808 Waukegan Rd.


(847) 486-1777


A family tradition, serving the finest pizza for

more than 60 years. Rudy Malnati Jr., whose

father Rudy Malnati Sr. opened Pizzeria Uno,

in 1943 has followed in his father’s footsteps

by creating Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta. The

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favorite for...

lunch, dinner,

cocktails and


Enjoy our famous

Valley Lodge

burger, fresh salads,

seafood, pasta

& slow-roasted

Canadian baby

back ribs.


Catering Available For Corporate

& Private Events. Call for Menu

Celebrating Celebrating Our

40th Anniversary Anniversary

2132 Waukegan Rd • Glenview • 847.724.7440

Owner, Peter Mills, is

delighted to be named

a judge for Sante

Magazine along with

other distinguished

food professionals from

around the country.

Chef’s Station

915 Davis Street in the Rail Station

To watch our “Check,

Please” review, visit us at



Open for Dinner Tuesday - Sunday

Dinner Served: Tues-Thurs: 5pm- 9pm. Fri & Sat: 5pm-10pm. Sun 5pm-9pm

Award winning wine celler- a selection of over 400 wines


“This place was as close to perfection as it gets”

Free Press -Rick Karlin

“Chef’s Station is right on track”

North Shore Magazine-

Sherman Kaplan

“…Comfortably sophisticated food in a

witty setting you’d be happy to go back for.

We certainly would.”

Chicago Magazine

“Highest rated restaurant in Evanston”

Chicago Magazine

“One of Chicago’s best”

2005, 2006 Chicago Reader

“Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator Magazines

“Highest Rated Restaurant in

Evanston Under $50” Zagat Survey

Winner of Sante Magazine’s Food & Wine three years in a row!

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Fresh, innovative cuisine...Anything

but ordinary! Come taste Mexican

Food at its best!

Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 11:30 - 9 PM

Fri. & Sat. 11:30 - 10 PM • Sun. 5 - 9 PM

700 Main Street • Evanston



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newest location in Glenview features great

food steeped in Italian tradition skillfully prepared

from the highest quality ingredients and

served in an inviting atmosphere in which to

celebrate friendship and family.

Try the famous thin butter crust and awardwinning

deep-dish pizzas, homemade pastas

and sauces from recipes that have been

passed down for generations. The comfortable

and inviting restaurant features red checked

tablecloths and walls adorned with sports

photographs and memorabilia. For the ultimate

sporting experience, sit in the bar featuring

flat-screen televisions for game viewing

at any angle.

Having a party? Private dining rooms are

available for 10-200 guests. Let Pizano’s

come to you. Call for the catering menu.

Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta looks forward to carrying

on a tradition of serving you!

The Ridgeview Grill

827 Ridge Road


(847) 251-2770


The Ridgeview Grill has been serving the

North Shore for more than four decades. This

neighborhood restaurant in Wilmette features

American comfort food, including burgers, salads,

pasta, fresh fish and chops in a setting

of natural cherry woodwork and decorative

lighting. Drop by now and enjoy your favorite

cocktails, wines and imported beers.

Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner daily

and don’t forget about the carryout and private

party room for your important meetings

and those special occasions.

Please call (847) 251-2770 for reservations

or visit www.ridgeviewgrill.com. Dean

Thanos and his father, John, look forward to

serving you!

That Little Mexican Café

1010 Church St.


(847) 905-1550

1055 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.


(773) 769-1004

2014 First St.

Highland Park

(847) 266-1411

Indulge in fine Mexican cuisine with guacamole

served tableside along with the seven

homemade salsa sampler. The décor of stucco

walls and pastel colors complements the

menu and gives the feel of a Mexican cantina.

For main courses, try the wood-grilled duck

breast or pork tenderloin, homemade

tamales, enchiladas and fajitas. Stop in for

Sunday brunch buffet. Lunch and dinner daily

at the Evanston location, dinner at the

Highland Park location or meet friends at the

unique bar at the Bryn Mawr location also

open for lunch and dinner. Reservations



Valley Lodge

2132 Waukegan Rd.


(847) 724-7440

Valley Lodge is celebrating its 40th anniversary

this year, and it is no wonder that North

Shore residents have been flocking to this

restaurant for two generations. Offering a

great lodge ambiance, with large fireplace in

the dining room, this casual neighborhood

spot is popular with families, friends and couples.

The moderately priced menu features

American classics such as the famous Valley

Lodge burger, slow-roasted Canadian baby

back ribs, fresh fish, chops, steaks and pastas

as well as Greek specialties with

Saganaki, lamb chops and more. Visit

Glenview’s favorite tavern est. 1949 and you

will know the reason for its longevity.

Zingarella Bistro, Bakery

& Market

2300 Lehigh Ave.


(847) 657-0707


A taste of Europe in Glenview! Zingarella

Bistro, Bakery and Market has something for

everyone. Come enjoy fresh seafood, pastas,

steaks, chops and more in the beautiful dining

room. Plan your picnic or dinner at home

from the gourmet salads and take-away

entrees in the specialty food store. Grab a

cappuccino, scoop of gelato or fresh Italian

pastry anytime in our bakery. Zingarella is also

available for holiday parties, showers and celebrations.

Your guests will love the fabulous

food, friendly service and cozy dining room.

Zingarella also features live opera nights and

cabaret dinners; call for details. Your will be

pleased to find a taste of Old World Europe

right here on the North Shore.

Get fishy when dining out

Can’t decide what to

order from the menu? Are

you looking for something

that will satisfy those taste

buds while being easy on

the waistline? Registered

dietitian and manager of

nutrition communication at

the National Fisheries

Institute (NFI), Jennifer

McGuire, recommends

seafood as an essential for

any healthy diet. Seafood

— common menu options

include tuna and salmon —

are nutrient-rich lean proteins

with essentials like

omega-3 fatty acids, selenium,

potassium and B vitamins.

While the FDA recommends

that you eat at

least two servings of fish (6

ounces each) per week,

studies show that the

majority of people are not

eating enough of this nutritious

lean protein.

This is especially important

for pregnant and new

moms. A recent study, the

first large observational

study of its kind, published


in Epidemiology, found that

pregnant mothers who ate

no seafood were nearly 50

percent more likely to have

symptoms of depression

than pregnant mothers who

ate seafood at least three

times per week (12 or

more ounces weekly). The

study found that women

who ate at least 12 ounces

of fish per week had the

lowest levels of risk for

symptoms of depression.

American women, on average,

eat one-sixth of this

amount, meaning they are

increasing their risk for

symptoms of depression.

For more information on

the benefits of seafood,

recent studies and recommended

recipes, visit the

National Fisheries Institute’s

Web page at www.healthytuna.com.

Seafood benefits

• Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to healthy brain development,

improve circulation and reduce inflammation.

Omega-3s have many heart-health benefits and improve

energy levels to help keep you energized.

• Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that can help improve

the immune system.

• B Vitamins maintain and build red blood cells and

increase energy levels.

• Vitamin D helps to build strong bones.

• Lean protein is essential to building lean muscle and providing

the body with energy. Research shows that eating protein-rich

seafood can help with satiety and slow down digestion,

keeping you fuller longer and leaving you less likely to

eat more calories at your next meal.

• Low in fat and calories, seafood is a great substitute for

meats and dairy products that are higher in saturated fats

and trans fatty acids.

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1470 Waukegan Road • Glenview, IL 60025

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Dining out on a diet

Dining out at a restaurant is a treat for

many people in this country, while for

others it has become a way of life. In a

time-crunched society, restaurant-prepared

and commercially offered foods

offer convenience for people who simply

are not cooking at home. However, with

larger portion sizes and a greater amount

of sodium and fat, among other downsides,

eating out poses challenges for

those watching their weight.

Consider these eye-openers regarding

favorite foods at national restaurant

chains and popular eateries:

* A restaurant-sized order of the Italian

dish fettuccini alfredo weighs in at 1,500

calories and 97 grams of fat. Almost half

of the fat is saturated.

* A typical order of fried rice from a

Chinese food take-out adds up to 1,480


* Caesar Side Salad from Boston

Market dishes up more calories than

other seemingly diet-disastrous sides on

their menu, such as Old-Fashioned

Potato Salad or Creamed Spinach.

* Contrary to popular belief, selecting a

cheeseburger from McDonald’s is a better

option than the Chicken McGrill. The

burger has 330 calories versus the chicken

sandwich’s 410.

* When dining out at chain steakhouses,

you’ll want to pass on those batterdipped

fried onion appetizers. Most rank

in around 2,130 calories and 163 grams

of fat. When choosing a cut of steak, opt

for the filet mignon, which is the leanest.

* Shakes at the majority of the fastfood

eateries, including White Castle,

McDonalds, Burger King, and Hardees, to

name a few, are typically 1,000 calories

or more.

While it may seem it would be impossible

to dine out and avoid destroying diet

plans, there are techniques to consider

that can keep you on track.

1. Make friends with broiled, boiled

or roasted foods. These are some of the

healthiest ways to have foods prepared if

you’re calorie-conscious. Ask that oils be

used sparingly if not removed completely.

Simply dabbing meats that look like they

may be a little bit more greasy than you

would like with a napkin can also trim off

a couple of unnecessary calories.

2. Fill up on the good stuff. Skip the

unending breadbasket and opt for picking

on raw vegetables, if possible. Ask to

have a side salad (low-fat dressing on the

side) brought when others are enjoying

more fattening appetizers, so hunger

pangs won’t tempt you to indulge in

something naughty.

3. Don’t be a member of the cleanplate

club. Your parents may have

imbedded the idea in your brain you that

you must finish all of the food on your

plate before you can get up from the

table, but that rule no longer applies.

Restaurant portion sizes can be triple the

recommended amount. For example, a 3ounce

piece of meat is portion size, and

is roughly the size of the palm of your

hand. Ask for a carryout container and

immediately cut your food in half and

pack away the excess.

4. Order from the kids’ menu, if possible.

See if you can order that smallersized

kids’ portion, which is actually more

aligned with the amount of food you

should be eating. If not, a lower-fat appetizer

and a salad may do the trick.

5. Skimp on dips and dressings.

Many condiments can add unwanted

calories. Case in point: creamy Caesar

salad dressing can knock out any inherent

healthy aspects of the remainder of

the salad. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions,

or simply ask to have dressings

put on the side so you can decide if it’s

worth taking the plunge.

6. Eat a little before heading to the

restaurant. If you know you tend to overindulge

at restaurants, fill up on low-fat

snacks before you leave. Drink a tall

glass of water and enjoy a cup of lowcalorie

grapes or some other fruit. You

won’t be famished upon entering the

restaurant, and hopefully not tempted to

order one of everything on the menu.

7. Select sit-downs over buffets. The

enormity of a buffet spread can make

selecting healthy options — and keeping

portion sizes in check — next to impossible.

8. Make selections from the “fit,”

“light,” or “sensible solutions” portion

of the menu. Some restaurants understand

the public’s desire to eat right.

They’ll provide a selection of foods that

are healthy and often delicious. So why

not try them? If you see something on

the regular menu that you would like, find

out if the kitchen can prepare it in a

more healthy way. For example, see if the

fried chicken strips in the chicken salad

can be substituted with grilled chicken.

9. Make dining out a treat not an

every day occurrence. Dining out can fit

into a sensible eating plan when done in

moderation, just like everything else

about dieting.

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Consider catering for your next event

Part of enjoying the celebration for hosts

and hostesses is being able to mingle and

share the festivities with guests. However,

this isn’t always possible when they’re

responsible for preparing and serving the

food among a bevy of other responsibilities.

That’s where hiring a caterer or using a

banquet facility can make the party more

enjoyable for all involved.

According to the National Catering

Association (NCA), catering has become

the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant

business in recent years. This could be

attributed to busier families, working parents

and overbooked kids. That’s where

caterers and banquet halls are invaluable.

Types of caterers

Caterers vary by whether they’re onsite

or off-site. Some banquet facilities use a

specific caterer for all of their events. Other

party rooms allow you to choose.

Find out what they provide

Some caterers only provide the food.

Others offer food and drinks. Still others

supply everything: food, beverages, linens,

silverware, plates etc. When comparing

rates of catering services, make sure you’re

comparing apples to apples. One price may

be higher because you’re getting a onestop-shopping

package from the caterer.

Be prepared for discussion

When you sit down with prospective

caterers, it helps to have certain information

on hand: number of guests, venue if

using an off-site caterer, type of event

(social, business), who is being honored,

food preferences and restrictions, budget,

type of service (buffet, sit-down, butlerpassed

hors d’oeuvres) and theme or

mood you are trying to create.

Book in advance

It’s sufficed to say that many caterers

are busy for peak seasons and holidays so

don’t wait until the last minute to book one

for your party. Generally, weddings and

large affairs should be booked nine to 12

months before the event. Smaller functions

can be booked a few months before.

Sign a contract

Make sure that the caterer or banquet

facility you choose spells out all agreements

in a contract that you both sign.

Inquire about contingency plans should

there be poor weather or a reason to cancel

the party.

Find out if it is possible for a taste testing

to try out the food in advance.

In terms of money, discuss payment

schedules and how gratuities are handled.

Also, find out how you will be billed if the

party runs over the allotted amount of time.

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* Negotiate with the restaurant manager.

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both food and beverages. Flexibility is a

must, as your guests will no doubt have

varying diets. Be sure to ask about the

availability of vegetarian meals and other

diet-specific foods that guests with health

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* Get it in writing if possible. For

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contract in writing for the services the

restaurant will provide and the cost of

those services. You’ll likely need to put

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drawn up as well.

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* Send out invitations with specific

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