Restaurants in Crystal Lake


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  • Colonial Cafe and Ice Cream
    Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.” While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
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    5689 NW Hwy.
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Crystal Lake Ribhouse
    Inside the kitchens of Crystal Lake Rib House, chef David Faccone takes a methodical, multistep approach to making his baby back ribs: he covers them with dry rub, smokes them, and finally chargrills them before brushing over the final product with housemade barbecue sauce. His work has paid off his tender baby back slabs earned the restaurant a 2012 Best of the Fox Award for Barbecue from Planit Northwest, as well as praise from Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called them "a gift from the Gods of barbecue." In addition to ribs, the cooks also chargrill half-pound burgers, topping them with lettuce and tomato or a meaty pile of pulled pork and melted cheddar. The kitchen's old-fashioned attention to smoked flavor is reflected in the building itself, an old house whose wooden front porch is adorned with wagon wheels. Inside, rustic hardwood floors support tables topped with white-and-red-checkered cloths, where patrons dip their spoons into hearty chili and sip domestic and imported brews. Crystal Lake Rib House also arranges catering services for office gatherings, family reunions, and pool parties near bubbling barbecue-sauce springs. They have even catered for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, and Illinois governors, according to staff.
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    540 E Terra Cotta Ave
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Nick's Pizza and Pub
    Family-friendly Nick's Pizza & Pub?s menu exercises decision-making muscles with descriptions of thin and double-decker pizzas, italian beef, and stacked sandwiches served inside a winsome barn-style setting. Nick's signature pizza ($10.29?$20.29) arrives at tables metaphorically signed by the chef with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers, which sit atop a crust that, like a the ice under a child whose parent has counted to two, is thin. The Hawaiian pie, alternatively, shimmies with barbecue sauce, pineapple, and canadian bacon over regular ($9.89?$18.99) or double-decker crust ($20.49?$23.29). Visitors looking to diversify their culinary portfolio can orally invest in italian beef resting between an 8-inch loaf of french bread ($7.99?$8.49), or dig into the layered goodness of a super italian sub, which packs a wallop of genoa salami, imported krakus ham, mozzarella, and a dollop of vinaigrette ($8.49).
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    856 Pyott Rd
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Wings Etc
    For wings with a ton of zest, Crystal Lake's Wings Etc has got you covered. Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Wings Etc. Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Wings Etc's drink list. Families will feel right at home at Wings Etc with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Wings Etc is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties. Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Wings Etc, you can surf the web and get some work done. The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Wings Etc patrons come in casual attire. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Wings Etc's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Wings Etc. No matter what you choose off the menu at Wings Etc, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30. You can stop by at practically any time, since Wings Etc serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    5899 Northwest Hwy
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • El Burrito Restaurant
    Let your mouth have a fiesta of its own at El Burrito Restaurant, a casual Mexican restaurant. It s best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as low-fat is not featured on the menu here. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — El Burrito Restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. El Burrito Restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Have a large group? No problem. Head to El Burrito Restaurant for easy seating. Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back El Burrito Restaurant is ultra casual. Or, take your food to go. Catering from El Burrito Restaurant will take your party to the next level. Free parking is always available just seconds away from El Burrito Restaurant. Delicious food is never hard to find, but it is hard to find at the right price. El Burrito Restaurant is making it happen. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    6236 Northwest Hwy
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Krystal Thai
    For a quick curry, Crystal Lake's Krystal Thai is a great lunch or dinner spot. The weekends are for going out for amazing combinations. Save the salad for the weekday and come grab a meal at Krystal Thai. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Krystal Thai offers a variety of drink options. Bring the whole clan to Krystal Thai — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Krystal Thai tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. If dining out is not on the agenda, Krystal Thai offers delivery and pickup, too. Catering services are also available. Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door. If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant. The grub at Krystal Thai is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Krystal Thai since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    230 W Virginia St
    Crystal Lake, IL US

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