Mom and Pop Eateries in the Lake County Restaurant Rally

By: Jonathan Jones 08/07/2020

Just a few more days are remaining in Lake County Restaurant Rally. We decided to take a look at the mom and pop eateries that are participating.

The Lake County pulse is a rhythm started by its mom and pop restaurants, shops and services. The independent small businesses give the land of lakes its vibrancy.


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Here is one of our specials for this weekend. It is a 8oz Grilled Tip Steak Served over a rhubarb purée. Accompanied by a potato and goat cheese gratin and roasted rutabaga. Come on in and join us! We have a few other items on special this weekend as well! #thechocolatesanctuary #chocolatesanctuarygurnee #tcs #gogurnee #gurnessgotit #visitlakecounty #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalbusiness #eatlocal #foodgram #foodie#instafood #forkyeah #yum #alwayshungry #buzzfeast #huffposttaste#likefoodchicago #dailyfoodfeed #foodbeast #chicagofoodmag #beautifulcuisines #BHGfood #foodandwine #eeeeeats #eatfamous #eater

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Whether it's a traditional home-cooked meal, a unique twist on international cuisine or something innovative and trendsetting, Lake County's mom and pop eateries cover the menu spread.

You can have the opportunity to win a gift card by checking into one of these mom and pop eateries. Click here to learn more. Visit one of these mom and pop eateries through August 9 and beyond.

Bluegrass Restaurant in Highland Park


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Happy National Cheeseburger Day! ? #bluegrass # highlandpark

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A lifer in the restaurant business Jim Lederer has spent over 30 years in the restaurant business. Lederer went out on his own later in his career and created a concept for the American southern cuisine eatery, Bluegrass Restaurant. Located on the west end of Highland Park, Bluegrass is a true dining destination. Blending Southern hospitality eats, this American restaurant and bar feature plates of seafood, salads, barbecue meats, an array of delicious libations and more.

Bonta Pizzeria Restaurant in Lincolnshire


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Spaghetti alla Carbonara Made the traditional Roman way with guanciale!

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Antonella and Nunzio Granito know Italian cuisine. The husband-wife duet grew up in Salerno, Italy. A business surrounded by the idea of utilizing a brick oven is not far fetched, as the couple used to make pies in their family's garage oven from their motherland.  The Lincolnshire eatery is, of course, an Italian restaurant. The deli and market serving lunch and dinner is highlighted by subs, soups, salads entrées, pastas, steaks, wood-burning brick oven pizza and calzone. The fare is prepared with fresh imported and local ingredients and gives you that neighborhood taste imported from the Granitos hometown.

Cafe Pomigliano in Libertyville


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Beat the heat with a refreshing salad and a glass of wine on our patio. Reservations required for patio dining, give us a call to reserve your table (847) 247-2208. #outdoorseating #socialdistancing #carryout #smallbusiness #eatlocal #restaurant #supportlocal #supportlocalbusiness #localrestaurant #localbusiness #local #libertyville #libertyville_il #mainstreetlibertyville #libertyvillerestaurant #libertyvilleeats #ittakesaville

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Cafe Pomigliano is a breath of fresh air with a bright and modern take on authentic Italian dishes by Chef Eduardo Martinez in the family-owned eatery. This Italian-inspired restaurant serves the classics. The Pomigliano family, for a fourth of a century, has prided itself on making daily, mouth-watering homemade dishes. The eats are prepared by recipes that originate from the small community right outside Naples, Italy.

Chessie's Restaurant in Barrington


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Dine local Chessie’s is OPEN Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-9pm Dine-In, Outdoor Dining, Curbside Carryout and Delivery!

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Chessie's was constructed near Barrington's former train station and features dining in a vintage Illinois Central railroad dining car - a 1920s Pullman Train. Chessie's is named after the Chessie System Inc - a holding company that owned the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in the 1970s. The menu ranges from appetizers to salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh fish and USDA-choice steaks. The Barrington restaurant has been serving decadent eats since 1978 and is one Lake County's longest standing restaurants.

The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee


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#MondayMotivation served up at #thechocolatesanctuary in #gurnee!

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It's like living in cocoa heaven. The Chocolate Sanctuary makes most of their dishes with 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 or chomping on the sanctuary's chopped salad with chocolate vinaigrette, expect big things with everyone's favorite cocoa treat somehow infused on your plate.

Chrissoulas Restaurant in Libertyville


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Special alert! Seared Nantucket scallops, lobster & corn sofrito, sauce bouillabaisse.. OPA! #picoftheday #getinmybelly #delicious #chef #cheflife #truecooks #foodporn #mediterraneandiet #mediterraneanfood #bouillabaisse #seafood #scallops #greek #greekfood #mainstreetlibertyville

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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 always while being mindful of the changing seasons and utilizing local ingredients to put out an exceptional product.

Dover Straits in Mundelein


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Seriously don't miss out on these Lake County Restaurant Week eats! Only three more days! ?: Seafood specials at Dover Straits in Mundelein #lakecountyrw #letsgolakecounty #enjoyillinois

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This Mundelein seafood staple and one of the land of lake's eldest nautical fare establishments is Dover Straits. Famous extensive menu of seafood flown in daily, Dover Straits also offers premium steaks, pasta dishes and other excellent selections for the most discerning diner. Since 1978, the starboard restaurant is satisfied bellies across the Land of Lincoln.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake


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Happy Cinco de Mayo! #cincodemayo #shoplocal #supportlocalbusiness #margarita

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El Puerto translates in Spanish to the word port. Saul Moya, the proprietor since 2001, started as a dishwasher in a Mexican restaurant in Chicago, and now he runs the show utilizing all of his own recipes. 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, steak, seafood, burritos, combination platters and a variety of drinks, desserts and obviously tacos. Their three taco meal is served with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and your choice of ground beef, chicken or steak. The platter also comes with Mexican rice and beans. The Fox Lake Restaurant also serves taco salad with your choice of ground beef, chicken or steak topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. The restaurant offers three indoor dining rooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and a full bar with unique homemade drinks. Come by land or boat. Come rain or shine, you will be able to sit out in the patio under the canopy.

Green Town Tavern in Waukegan


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That's a lot of tots!

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Named after storied-Waukeganite Ray Bradbury's fictional town, Green Town Tavern is the city's local hang out spot that distributes an exceptional array of drinkables and fare. Since the public health crisis began, the City of Progress neighborhood tavern opened an extension of the eatery called GreenTown on the Rocks that hugs Lake Michigan so patrons can get a panoramic view while enjoying some tunes and booze.

Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor

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A beautiful day for beer!! Taproom is open 5pm-8pm for Howler fills!! ? #supportlocal #harborstrong

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The Winthrop Harbor microbrewery produces adventurous ales. The Lake County suds maker is also highlighted by a taproom, beercade and live music. Since 2018, Habor Brewing has taken innovative flavors and created exceptional libations. The Lake Michigan bordering brewhouse offers 12 different potables on tap. The Lake County Libation Trail participant launched Lake County's very first Lakefront Biergarten in partnership with North Point Marina in late May. Like Greentown, you can experience unique suds along Lake County's Great Lake. The actual tap room is closed for the foreseeable future, so enjly the Lakefront Craft Biergarten for the time being!

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake


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We loved our Mothers Day salad so much that we decided to keep it on the menu. This is a must try if you haven’t had it yet! Spring Salad - fresh romaine, spinach, and arugula blend with locally grown microgreens from Adam's Acres dressed in creamy sunflower caesar. Tossed with toasted sunflower seeds, grilled asparagus, crispy prosciutto crumbles, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, julienne preserved lemon. Absolutely delicious.

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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. Besides libations, the hockey-themed also offers unique meals, including burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, shared plates and desserts. For those who aren't beer lovers, the seven-year-old Grayslake brewpub also offers tap wine. Besides libations, the hockey-themed also offers unique meals, including burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, shared plates and desserts. Some of 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.

Lindy's Landing in Wauconda


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