Wheeling Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Wheeling

April 15, 2018 Janette Largent

Wheeling is a village in Cook and Lake counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it is primarily in Cook County. The population was 37,648 at the 2010 census. Wheeling is named for Wheeling, WV.
Things to do in Wheeling

1. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2104 Television, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 847-215-7100
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 384 reviews

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

With a name like Buffalo Grove, it's only fitting that we have a giant buffalo overlooking our main dining room! This location is a full service restaurant and bar, with carry-out and delivery serving Buffalo Grove and parts of Long Grove, Lincolnshire, and Wheeling. We offer catering and have private event spaces available for up to 80 people. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is the home of the best pizza in Chicago. Our signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza is made using a recipe that has been handed down through the generations. Today, Lou Malnati's is recognized as one of the most iconic and best restaurants in Chicago.

Reviewed By TravelerJim

Lou Malnati's serves authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The pizzas do take about 45 minutes to cook, so don't be in a hurry. Start off with their wonderful Lou's salad while you are waiting. Service is almost always friendly and...MoreThank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your deep dish pizza and had a great experience while dining in with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

2. Walker Brothers

200 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3664 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-634-2220
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 270 reviews

Walker Brothers

Reviewed By Mamatenz - Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Long lines. Overcrowded tables. Poorly cooked food. I have come several times before, food is usually very good and fresh.
Today the potato pancakes that came with my spinach crepes tasted like they precooked and reheated. The bottoms were burnt and the consistency was heavy and in appetizing. People were shoved in at the ends of tables and moving around was extremely difficult. I kept thinking that if there was a fire people would not be able to get out. I would come at an off time Not
On a Sunday.

3. Portillo's

806 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-7808 Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 847-870-0870
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

Portillo's

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By Sharnord - Saint Louis, Missouri

Efficient service. Consistent quality. No matter what location! Try the Italian Beef/Italian Sausage Sandwich. Terrific testing beef and get the extra gravy at no additional charge. The sausage with fennel is incomparable. Great onion rings, too. The jumbo Chicago Hot Dog could not have been better. Had fries and a soda. All for $19.26. A real buy!

4. Rise N Dine Pancake Cafe

102 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090-3110 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-541-4900
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Rise N Dine Pancake Cafe

Reviewed By susie f - West Bloomfield, Michigan

Lots of egg, pancake, French toast and waffle options on this extensive menu. The pancakes were light and fluffy. The eggs delicious. The peanut butter stuffed French toast is a must!!!! Our family devoured this family shared treat!!! We will definitely return when we visit the area again!

5. Cadwell's Grille

1445 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015-5213 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Bar, Contemporary, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 847-597-2762
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

Cadwell's Grille

Cadwell's Grille uses only the freshest ingredients to create our contemporary take on classic American comfort fare. From soup and appetizers to salads and our large dinners, everyone is sure to find a new favorite on our menu. We offer locally inspired contemporary American eats nestled in the seven-story atrium of Embassy Suites Chicago North Shore/Deerfield. Indulge in some of our locally inspired signature dishes like our spicy fish tacos, roasted beet salad with walnut oil vinaigrette, rotisserie half chicken with rosemary au jus, baby back ribs served with our house made coleslaw or the build 'yo burger 'yo way bar piled high with all the fixing's and for dessert try our famous sea salted caramel sundae with Chicago Mix popcorn and bacon dust. No matter your choice, our restaurant has the perfect option for even the most discerning palate.

Reviewed By BunkerChicago - Chicago

Cadwell Grille is truly a hidden gem! Tucked away in the Embassy Suites in Deerfield, this restaurant should be a "go to" for locals!
Chef Robert provides a better than average menu with interesting specials daily. Sunday and Monday's are "game nights" with specials on Wings and Chili. The chili is extraordinary! Hopefully, the chili will remain as a special well after football season.
The regular menu is varied and provides many delicious options. Overall, we have never been disappointed in the quality of the food or service.

We have routinely asked to have either Hermilo or Anna as our server. Both are excellent and make our visit most enjoyable.

6. Bob Chinn's Crab House

393 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090-5081 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 105 +1 847-520-3633
Excellent
52%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 833 reviews

Bob Chinn's Crab House

Reviewed By Jennie L

It can be a bit of a wait to get in but it’s wor5h it. I have never had anything here that was bad. Obviously the crab is the best. It’s good for couples or groups.

7. Wildfire

235 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4318 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 847-279-7900
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 463 reviews

Wildfire

Step back in time to when going out for dinner meant something really special. From the decor to the jazz music, Wildfire has the style and warmth that makes it perfect for celebrating with friends or a quiet evening for two. The extensive menu features broiled steaks and chops, wood-roasted seafood and roasted meats, all prepared in an open kitchen. Signature dishes include Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon, Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut, Wildfire Chopped Salad and Cedar Planked Salmon. So order a signature martini or one of our many wines by the glass, then sit back and enjoy the 1940s supper club experience of Wildfire.

Reviewed By LCL-travels - Chicago, Illinois

Happily for us, Wildfire in Lincolnshire was open Christmas Eve and we had a lovely dinner. The enticing bread basket offers small onion rolls, black bread rolls, and corn bread. We had to ask for a refill. Three of us shared the small chopped salad. I had an open-faced Mediterranean salmon sandwich, which included avocado, arugula, tomatoes, cucumber and yogurt sauce. Really excellent. For my side dish, I had the roasted vegetables, also very tasty. We shared a sampler plate of three delicious dessert selections. A great meal!

8. Walker Bros. Original Pancake House-Arlington Hts

825 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1417 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-392-6600
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House-Arlington Hts

Reviewed By Amy Ryann R - Elmwood Park, IL

Free parking lot. Stairs or ramp to get in.

Gorgeous inside features lots of wood, stained glass, 1930's and Victorian themed glass and art work. Tables and booths available. Large space. Clean.

We visited mid evening, only two other tables were filled at the time. Service was mediocre from everyone we encountered, could have been friendlier.

Had apple pancake, large, very gooey. Asked for whipped cream and powdered sugar with it. Was okay. Ordered bacon they burned twice, charged me 5.00 for three shriveled pieces. Was not happy about that. Waitress did not take it off the bill. Coffee was very good, good temp and fresh. Menu offers many omelettes, crepes, eggs and potatoes. Only a few sandwiches. Not designed for lunches and dinners. lox available for 11.00 but did not see portion size. Tried spicy harbonaro potatoes with pico, were tasty.

Would I go again? Yes

Pricing? Okay, slightly over priced but normal for this type of location. I really loved the decor so it was hard to complain because of this.

Recommendations: get a few things and share with someone to try multiple items

9. Original Bagel and Bialy

105 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-1796 Delivery, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available American, Soups, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 847-808-0100
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Original Bagel and Bialy

Homemade bagels baked fresh EVERY morning - lox flown in from NY - generous portions of great food in a good old fashioned NY deli setting. The meats are cooked in house and you can taste the quality!

Reviewed By ViktorTrue - Buffalo Grove, Illinois

I stop by the Original Bagel & Bialy relatively frequently for business breakfast meetings but haven't reviewed it until now. While there are some peak times where the shop is busy, normally it's very easy to find a table inside or out and the service is really good. The food is very tasty, whether it's the omelettes, bagels, or other deli delights. This place rocks!

10. Big Bowl Lincolnshire

215 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4318 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-808-8880
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 217 reviews

Big Bowl Lincolnshire

Reviewed By Anthony C - Caserta, Italy

Asian restaurant that has a bunch of asian types of food wrapped into one.. The bar where you make your own bowl.. (Mongolian style) is cool. The food overall is underwhelming but cool change when looking for a different style. I had the sesame chicken bowl, the fried green beans and the cold noodles.. All just ok. Our server was Excellent.

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