Where to Eat in Northlake: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Flossie Demartino

Northlake is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,323 at the 2010 census. The city's moniker is "The City of Friendly People". The name "Northlake" came from two streets, North Avenue and Lake Street.
Things to do in Northlake

1. Portillo's Hot Dogs

170 W North Ave, Northlake, IL 60164-2320 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 708-409-0000
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

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

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

This Portillo's Hot Dogs is located at 170 W. North Ave., in Northlake. There is plenty of parking. It is like most other Portillo's. The staff is friendly and efficient. We ordered a beef sandwich with sweet peppers and giardiniera. More importantly, we ordered a piece of their great chocolate cake. From one hot dog cart in 1963, Portillo's Hot Dogs has expanded to about 41 locations, though sometimes it seems like there are many more. Besides the Chicago area, they open restaurants in areas where there are Chicago transplants. Come for the beef or the hot dog, but linger for that chocolate cake.

2. Zenwich

416 N York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126-2002 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 630-359-5234
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Zenwich

Reviewed By Marina C - Secaucus, New Jersey

The sandwiches are asian-inspired and very good with fresh and unique ingredients. There are choices such as Vietnamese Ban Mi and Thai Chicken Satay. Sandwiches comes with chips and are a good size that are sure to satisfy. Overall a very good lunch option!

3. Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

4100 Roosevelt Rd, Hillside, IL 60162-1824 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Private Dining, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 708-547-7177
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Emilio's Tapas Bar Restaurant

Thank you for your interest in Emilio’s Tapas. Emilio’s Tapas is an authentic Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant conveniently located in West Suburban Hillside. Spanish cuisine can best be described as a mix of French and Italian influences; tapas are small dishes ideal for appetizers or when ordered in rounds build a complete meal. Our menu consists of regional Spanish specialties, original dishes created by Emilio offered in both the dining room and bar for dinner daily. The restaurant is casual with spacious dining rooms and an energetic atmosphere accentuated by colorful Spanish murals, music and tiles.

Reviewed By Geoff809 - Montclair, New Jersey

Fantastic tapas dishes. 4 of us had 8 tapas and not a bad one in the bunch. Nice wine, band and dancers gave a little slice of authentic Spain to the evening. Prices were very reasonable for this upscale restaurant in the heart of the...MoreGracias for your review and rating, we appreciate it. Please stop by soon, happy hour is M-F 4:30-6:30 and we have bar bites from $1.95 in our bar!

4. Gene & Jude's

2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171-1325 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 708-452-7634
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 290 reviews

Gene & Jude's

Reviewed By Adam P - Dallas, Texas

Flew into Chicago to meet a friend and drive back down to TX. We made one stop, and this was it. It just brings you back to the good old days. Great customer service with an equally great attitude. Sure the food is simple, but that’s the whole point. The hot dogs are on point just covered in fries and the few toppings they offer. Mustard, relish etc. Saddle up to the stand up counter and munch away. If you are looking for a good dog I highly recommend.

5. Denny's

2447 Mannheim Rd, Franklin Park, IL 60131-3132 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +1 847-455-5805
Excellent
36%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Denny's

Reviewed By Dale B

My wife and I went to eat our regular meals from Denny's since we were staying right across the road from there. We are from Dallas now living in Toledo Ohio and came to Chicago to site see. We go to Denny's once or twice a month so I can compare the food from a few different areas. Let's just say that THIS time the meal was EXCELLENT... We had the nachos and the sampler plate, as well as my wife getting the tilapia. Not only were the portions huge, but it was EXACTLY as ordered and it was the best meal that either one of us has had at ANY of the Denny's we've ever been to!!!
AND to top it all off, the service was GREAT, the woman who helped us was great AND funny as heck!!! Would recommend this place HIGHLY!!!

6. Dunkin' Donuts

148 W North Ave, Northlake, IL 60164-2320 +1 708-531-9006
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Alberto M

Excellent coffee,good service, fresh coffee and cold coffee also has Baskin ice cream excellent choices, clean place

7. Great Escape

9540 Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176-1924 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-671-7171
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Great Escape

Reviewed By Becky W - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

This is an environmentally sound restaurant that required many years of patience to get the approval to build the wind turbine that generates all the electricity for this restaurant.
As you enter into this restaurant it resonates the historical decor.
Just a fantastic place to eat and enjoy looking at all the features of the walls, ceiling, wood work.
Historians say that Al Capone was at this bar. A must read from their menu.
And the food... The blackened catfish had a very nice balance of spice. The salmon was encrusted with a nice crunch of walnuts and flaked perfectly into the fork.
Service was a tad slower on a Saturday night and was to be expected on a busy night.
We enjoyed sitting in the bar area where all the history was. Be patient for your service and food. The servers were making many steps to accommodate everyone as busy as it was. If you go on a busy night don't plan for anything after because it might take longer to get your food but well worth it. Not many restaurants run off their own power so it was fun just to hear the story and that they have the renewable mindset.

8. Tom's Steak House

1901 W North Ave, Melrose Park, IL 60160-1190 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 708-345-2766
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Tom's Steak House

Reviewed By George S - Cincinnati, Ohio

Old time Steakhouse with white table clothes and fresh cut steaks on the premises.
I also had one of the best Greek salads in a long time. Service was excellent and the place was full of locate regular customers so you know the food is great. They also have a great bar area.

9. Nu Crepes

115 W Schiller Ct, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3023 Takeout, Seating American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 9 +1 630-577-7558
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Nu Crepes

Reviewed By DJSZCZEP - Avon, Indiana

Just stopped by with the family. We had a taste for crepes. We will be coming back. Restaurant is small and trendy but serves fantastic crepes. One person tried the Hail Caesar crepe, which had chicken, spinach, roma tomatoes, and cheeses. This was a great choice. We then shared the Bomb, which is brown sugar, cinnamon, and homemade frosting on two rolled crepes. Another great choice.

What we liked about the choices is that they are divided into 3 categories; breakfast, sweet and savory. The Bomb mentioned above was really sweet, that is why we shared it.

We are definitely returning when we visit our family in Elmhurst. Prices are midrange and crepes are prepared on site. So plan on allowing time to wait and enjoy. This is now our favorite place for crepes.

10. Antico Posto

118 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1808 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 630-586-9200
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 316 reviews

Antico Posto

Reviewed By Joe K - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

I don't know about anything "ancient" here. The pasta is hand-crafte dso it's certainly not ancient. And the people are a nice mix of young, old and families. All nationalities. A cute little birthday girl with a sparkler. Buzzing but not noisy.

In the first floor of Oak Brook Center office building. Convenient to garage. Staff is knowledgeable, quick and welcoming. For us, quick seating. Near window. Lots of action.

I had the scallops in angel hair. Very good. Our family members all had three plates of shrimp linguini.They offer brick oven pizzas. Margueritas pizzas are specialities. Pistachio gellato is delicious.

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