These restaurants near O Hare airport and Rosemont are a short car drive. If you have a layover or are staying a few days and want to experience some great and unique food, then these places will not disappoint.
2817 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60707
This family owned Italian restaurant has been in business for 25 years. The emphasis is on seafood with Neapolitan and Calabrian regional influences. Very traditional old world Italian restaurant. Some of the best Italian seafood dishes are served here.
BLU FISH SUSHI BISTRO
130 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068
This sushi bar offers vegetarian options. They offer four different lunch specials, the sushi bar, bento box, fast track and the green for vegetarians. One of the few better sushi restaurants in the area.
BOSTON FISH MARKET
1225 Forest Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018
How much more fresh can your fish be than actually eating it at the fish market? The market has been around for a long time and they know fish. Their fish comes from all points around the globe. They carry the largest array of species available. The restaurant is not fancy, basically a small dining area of the wholesale fish warehouse– but the freshest fish around.
9438 W Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176
This stunningly beautiful restaurant is an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. This is not your typical Indian buffet restaurant but one that offers a well thought out and descriptive menu. They even have a section for their delicious breads such as the naans and roti, on the menu. If you are not familiar with Indian food, you will have some clue on what to order based on your taste. The butter chicken and the bread basket are highly recommended.
1730 W Golf Rd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
This polish restaurant offers a modern take on polish food. Both modern and traditional polish fare are on the menu and quite good. Very innovative spin on polish food. Try the roasted chicken with potatoes and onions in the creamy thyme sauce, or the pork pate with apple chutney. Each time you look at the menu, there is something more and more interesting being offered.
SMOKED ON ROSE
3531 Rose St, Franklin Park, IL 60131
This is a very unique fusion restaurant and it works perfectly. Barbeque meets the Greek Islands. The main focus is upon the smoked meats such as the brisket, ribs, suckling pig, chicken and fish. All meats are hickory smoked in-house. The side dishes and desserts are Greek– such as their mac and cheese (in a white béchamel sauce), their giant beans, and their zucchini in skordalia sauce. In addition to the barbeque, they also serve fresh seafood. To top it all off, their super moist homemade orange cake is scrumptious. This is an upscale barbecue restaurant.
TTOWA KOREAN RESTAURANT
161 W Wing St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
This restaurant offers both traditional and contemporary Korean cuisine. Favorites are the Bo ssam (char-grilled braised pork belly), the hae mul pajean (the seafood pancake) served with a homemade soy dipping sauce, and the traditional bulgogi (grilled thin-sliced marinated rib-eye). They also offer different kinds of kimchi. One of the best Korean restaurants in the Chicagoland area.
TUSCAN MARKET AND WINE SHOP
141 W Wing St, Arlington Hts, IL 60005
This is an Italian Deli, combined with a restaurant, a retail wine shop and casual wine and beer bar. This casual neighborhood place fits the bill on many levels– whether you need a great bottle of wine, a great pizza, sandwich or pasta, a six pack of craft beer, or a night out with friends at the wine bar. The sandwiches are some of the best around and the Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake is some of the best stuff you will ever taste.
U GAZDY POLISH HIGHLANDER RESTAURANT
270 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191
This is a gem of a place with tasty, hearty food, ample portions, and a rustic log cabin decor. Going along with the rustic theme, some of the menu items are roasted duck, smoked trout and rabbit in white wine sauce. The soups are hearty and warming. A great place to visit on a cold day.
6699 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
A Michelin Bib Gourmet Recommended restaurant, which offers both traditional and modernized Italian cuisine. The bread here is so hot and fresh with that great yeasty aroma. The chef Joe Calabrese trained at the Culinary Institute of America, in New York, and also traveled extensively in the Tuscany and Liguria regions of Italy. All this knowledge and experience is shared at his restaurant. A very extensive menu.
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