Steps away from the Mundelein train station, Caboose Restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch for a bastion of regulars who stop in for a quick bite on the way to work or bring the family to teach the kids what hoagies are. Generous skillets such as the All Aboard kick start mornings with a pile of hash browns loaded with meat and veggies then smothered with a blanket of cheese sauce or sausage gravy. At lunch, chefs load grilled french bread with philly steak and shape burgers by hand with Angus beef. To complement the savory dishes, mugs fill with specialty espresso drinks and drip coffee from Seattle's Best.
Murals of Chicago sports legends surround Blue 60's bar and dining area, joining flat-screen televisions that act as windows to a world of huffing linebackers and fire-eyed pitchers. While safely perched at bar stools and pub tables, diners can watch the modern gladiators compete during contests including hockey games, college basketball match-ups, and the NFL’s off-season Shakespeare in the Park productions. Blue 60's kitchen staff fires stuffed burgers, stone-baked pizzas, and specialty sandwiches to accentuate each game while also bringing out the flavors in the beers that grace the bar’s tap list.
Checkered tablecloths and vintage black-and-white photos from the 1940s evoke small-town Tuscany at Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Cafe, whose chefs have assembled authentic Sicilian-style cuisine for more than 30 years. Homemade pomodoro sauce mingles with the porcini mushrooms and caramelized onions that fleck risotto, and fresh baby clams or mussels frolic through linguine entrees. To create paninis, chefs crown toasted ciabatta bread with such accoutrement as jarlsberg swiss cheese, yellowfin tuna imported from Italy, and childhood memories of revered measuring cups. Diners complement bites with Italian beers and wines, including a crisp, fruity prosecco and a medium-bodied chianti, whose tart red-fruit and chocolate flavors pair well with spinach ravioli and still-life paintings of Hershey's bars. A family-owned Chicago bakery furnishes the eatery's fleet of traditional italian pastries, such as cannoli and more than 30 kinds of italian cookies. Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Cafe also proffers comprehensive catering spreads, dishing up pans of lasagna, ravioli, and chicken marsala that can feed up to 15 partygoers, or custom orders that can sate finicky flatware.
Once featured on ABC7's "Hungry Hound" segment, Restaurant Ararat doles out authentic comfort foods with origins in Armenia, Georgia, and even Russia. Tucked away in a Mundelein strip mall, this hidden gem features a menu packed with more than 70 dishes?including more than 17 kinds of shish kebabs, an Armenian specialty. Chefs cook these kebabs slowly over hardwood charcoal, relying on spices, fragrances, and other secret ingredients to elevate already sumptuous meats to another level. If you aren't planning on using the kebab skewer as a giant toothpick, though, the khachapuri adjarskie is also a good bet. This baked dish?essentially a Georgian pizza?comes loaded with feta cheese and topped with an egg yolk.
Though the menu is small at Wingstop, that doesn't mean the choices are limited. The chefs toss their cuts of chicken in a choice of 11 sauces, which range from the mild teriyaki to the mouth-scorching atomic. In between, they combine fruity and spicy with their mango habanero sauce or offer the complex flavors of their hickory smoked barbecue. They offer these sauces on many different preparations of chicken, whether its classic wings, boneless wings, or chicken tenders layered atop a bun to create a hearty sandwich. They pair all of their dishes with an array of carrots, celery, and dipping sauces, which help cool the fire of the wing glazes without keeping a fire extinguisher on tap.