20 Instagrammable Cuisines from Lake County Restaurant Week Eateries 2023

By: Jonathan Jones 04/06/2023

As we approach Lake County Restaurant Week running April 14-23, we exclaim the age-old expression “do it for the gram.” Whether it’s a meticulously and exceptionally prepared cuisine in front of you or the lovely libation you’re ready to clink with the cronies, your #foodgram or #instafood awaits you.






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Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor allows diners to CHECK IN TO WIN. The contest features various foodie prizes and a chance to win an overnight/theatre package at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Marriott Theatre and Three Embers Restaurant or Wright's Brew & Bistro, a cooking class at The Joyful Gourmet in Libertyville and a gift card to a participating eatery.

These 20 instances of grammable grub set the tone for Lake County Restaurant Week. Don’t forget to share your snaps with #LakeCountyRW and/or #LetsGoLakeCounty at a participating eatery.

Dangela's Dumpling in Libertyville 





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Angela Xu and her husband Dan opened Dangela’s Dumplings in Libertyville in 2019. The business has since flourished with her handmade dumplings. Xu uses traditional northern Chinese methods and a recipe passed down from her mother to create the delicious dumplings. Tea-boiled eggs, mochi ice cream, edamame, seaweed salad and more also highlight Dangela’s Dumpling menu. In 2022, The Illinois Office of Tourism received state tourism recognition as the newest members of the Illinois Made program.

La Casa de Samuel





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The Waukegan eatery serves authentic Mexican cuisine. All dishes are served with handmade corn tortillas fresh of the griddle to the table. The Waukegan Main Street restaurant’s highlighted eats include Pollo en Mole Estilo Guerrero (chicken in house-made mole sauce), Filete Gourmet (Bacon wrapped beef tenderloin filet with ham and chihuahua cheese), Chiles en Nogada (Poblano peppers stuffed with mincemeat, walnut cream and pomegranate), Cabrito Estilo Monterrey (grilled goat served with guacamole, cowboy beans and pasilla sauce), Filete Oaxaqueño (catfish filet in a banana leaf with zucchini squash blossom, chihuahua cheese and guajillo sauce), Platános Flameados (flamed bananas cooked with kahlúa, tequila Gran Manier and ice cream) and Nieve Frita (fried ice cream). Their two signature tacos include taco de cecina (guacamole, pico de gallo and beans) and taco de Lengua. La Cada de Samuel’s antojitos can be served with steak, chicken, pork or squash blossoms.

Bluegrass Restaurant in Highland Park





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Located on the west end of Highland Park, Bluegrass is a true dining destination. Blending Southern hospitality eats, this American restaurant and bar feature seafoods, salads, barbecue eats, an array of delicious libations and more. The south Lake County city's eatery provides carryout, curbside pick up or local delivery.

Corked Wine Bar in Long Grove





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The Historic Downtown Long Grove eatery and drinking hole is a vibe. A spot of vino on the lawn is just what the doctor ordered with complemented by the Lake County village's backdrop. Besides an array of wine selections from across the globe, Corked serves charcuteries, Spanisih conservas, sandwiches, seafood, salads, steaks and innovative desserts. Have a nice chat with a few friends at this instagrammable location. 

Bailey's Corner Pub in Zion





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The Zion eatery is a unique and exceptional spot located inside the Inn on Sheridan. Their menu serves up myriad bar bites and delectable cocktails including sandwiches, soups, salads, steaks, seafood and more. 

Oaken Bistro and Bar at the Forester in Lake Forest






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Oaken is a modern, upscale Bistro + Bar located in The Forester Hotel. The menu is strong and bold, like the many, centuries-old white oak heritage trees found in and around the community. Worldly flavors meet responsible, local ingredients creating a thoughtfully adventurous menu that, like tree rings, will grow and change seasonally. The sleek lounge features a signature herbal cocktail menu as well as an eclectic wine list and local beers. Branch out from your ordinary routine and unearth Oaken.

Primo Italian American Cuisine in Gurnee





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Primo Italian American Cuisine is Lake County’s dining hot spot with five-star ratings across the board. The Gurnee establishment’s menu includes salads and sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steaks and much more. The Gurnee establishment boasts an array of Daily Herald Reader’s Choice Awards. The jam-packed menu is complemented by a wine list of 100+ flavors.

Chrissoulas Restaurant in Libertyville






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The MainStreet Libertyville eatery features Greek and Mediterranean cuisine highlighted by octopus, pastitsio, moussaka, souvlaki, salads and a selection of 30 Greek vinos. The chef brothers, Nick and Theo Dimitriou have a combined 20+ year career in the culinary industry. The brothers stay curious and prepare new innovative dishes constantly while being mindful of the changing seasons and utilizing local ingredients to put out an exceptional product.

Gale Street Inn in Mundelein






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The Mundelein eatery has a 30-year history of serving fine food and spirits with gracious hospitality. Originating in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood in 1963, their ribs were one of the menu items but little did they know how well received they would become. Besides their award-winning ribs and picturesque sunsets of Diamond Lake, the Mundelein eatery's menu also features steaks, chops, seafood, salads and more.

Honey Bay's BBQ in Beach Park






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Where bbq meets soul food at the heart of Belvidere Street in Beach Park, Illinois! Chef BBQ Johnson cooks all your favorites. The black-owned business and southern-inspired online eater has a menu that features ribs, country and fried chicken, wings, seafood, brisket, cornbread, fried okra and so much more.

The Shanty in Wadsworth






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The Shanty has been featured on two Food Network shows, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” featuring Guy Fieri and “Triple D Nation.” The Wadsworth restaurant just recently expanded by quadrupling the size of its facility. The Lake County Restaurant Week participant is highlighted by their whiskey shrimp, tequila and orange grilled salmon, premium hand-cut aged steaks, organic goat cheese wontons and an array of other delectable dishes. Take a walk in the past with restaurateur and owner Dimitri Kallianis. His family also owns Captain Porky’s and the Shanty South.

Jameson's Charhouse in Vernon Hills






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Quality, value and excellent service just scratch the surface of this Vernon Hills steakhouse. Jameson’s Charhouse is the premier local steakhouse located a block from Hawthorn Mall. It has featured perfectly grilled steaks, chops and fresh fish, along with extensive menu selections that are carefully designed with delectable choices for everyone. Whether you have a taste for a cooked to order Black Angus New York Strip Steak, a juicy Jameson’s Burger, a crisp and refreshing Grilled Salmon Salad or delicious Greek Style Halibut, Jameson’s Charhouse will proudly serve it to you and make sure you have the most favorable dining experience!

Tony Cannoli in Mundelein






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Holy moly, that man Tony knows minds his ps and qs about cannolis! The Mundelein confectioner creates traditional and unconventional cannolis for customers to indulge their sweet tooth. Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries also conducts classes to teach visitors how to make the sweet Italian treat. The Mundelein maker also makes cakes, donuts, cookies, chips and more. The sweet gift that everyone is yearning for. Tony was just recognized with Illinois Made status!

Wildfire in Lincolnshire






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Your destination for steaks, chops and seafood, along with a variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. The Lincolnshire steakhouse offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. These filet mignon wellingtons seen in the gram above will have taste buds in a frenzy. The steak entree is paired with mushroom stuffing, sugar snap peas and gratin potatoes. The modern-day 1940s dinner club is inviting foodies back into their dining room with limited indoor dining as well as carryout and delivery services.

Wildberry Pancakes and Café in Libertyville






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The Libertyville eatery specializes in the craft of silver dollars. Wildberry was ranked no. 21 in Thrillist.com’s article noting the top-rated flapjacks in the country. Buttermilk pancakes are the restaurant’s bread and proverbial butter; however, they have a variety of flavors that they offer inspired by the breakfast treat. Wildberry’s menu features blueberries in a glaze, strawberries in a glaze, gluten-free honeycakes, their staple flavor wildberry, fig and walnut grain, their signature berry bliss, banana cream pie and a whole bunch more. Let’s not forget the rest of their loaded menu. Don’t sleep on anything.

The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee






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It’s like living in cocoa heaven. The Chocolate Sanctuary makes most of its dishes utilizing the magical cocoa bean. Whether you are munching on their cocoa infused barbecue sauce on their lollipop chicken pops, snacking on beef satay skewers with cocoa peanut chili sauce, chomping on the sanctuary’s chopped salad with chocolate vinaigrette or chewing on a chocolate dessert, expect big things with everyone’s favorite sweet treat somehow infused.

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake






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This downtown Grayslake pub serves innovative brews, modern American cuisine, locally-sourced craft spirits and top-notch draft wines all handcrafted in-house. Light the Lamp has 14 craft suds drafts created internally. For those who aren’t beer lovers, the seven-year-old Grayslake brewpub also offers tap wine. Besides libations, the hockey-themed also offers memorable meals, including burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, shared plates, bowls and desserts. Light the Lamp’s signature suds include the Red Line Ale (amber ale), Sin Bout Stout (oatmeal stout) and the 1980 Miracle American Pale Ale. Kick back, relax and let that lettuce down. Order their brews, eats or both with their outdoor patio service, carryout or delivery.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake






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This Authentic Mexican Restaurant has a beautiful scenic view and is located on Nippersink Lake connected to the Chain O’Lakes. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Chain while enjoying the best Margarita in Lake County. The menu includes Enchiladas, Chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, tacos, steak, seafood, burritos, combination platters and a variety of drinks and desserts. The restaurant offers three indoor dining rooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and a full bar jam-packed with unique homemade drinks.

Bobby's Deerfield






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The North Shore restaurant is a neighborhood eatery with an inspired take on inventive fare and libation. This American bistro serves lunch and dinner via dine-in or carryout and features salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chops, seafood and more.

Lovin Oven Cakery in Antioch






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Sweet bliss lives in the northwest corner of Lake County, as Lovin’ Oven Caker puts a little TLC in every treat they create. The Antioch cakery is a third-generation, seven-decade-old+ mom and pop spot that’s been in the same family since 1930. Besides their sweets and treats like cakes, macaroons, cookies, donuts and other confections, Lovin’ Oven boasts a delectable cafe. The menu is highlighted by breakfast cuisines, soups, sandwiches, wraps, salads and so much more.

For more instagrammable cuisines in Lake County Restaurant Week continue here. To learn about all of the participating restaurants in the foodie festival, click here. Shareyour 20 instagrammable cuisines using #LakeCountyRW.

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