Restaurants in River Forest

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Born in New Orleans in 1977, Shanahan's brings the flavors of southern Louisiana to the near-west suburbs in Forest Park via seafood dishes and Creole classics. Their ever-changing daily menu features seasonal seafood like shrimp, crawfish, crab, and oysters, as well as red beans and rice with sausage and chicken and andouille jambalaya. Talking about the food, the owner told the Forest Park Review in 2010, ?It's gourmet, as opposed to Cajun, which is more family-style. They both utilize the same ingredients, Creole is just a higher level of cooking.? Monthly Cajun festivals give chefs a chance to parade essential ingredients such as shrimps and oysters.

7353 Madison St.
Forest Park,
IL
US

Inventive fusion dishes, like the jalapeno- and lime-layered Mexican sushi roll, offer unexpected tastes at Bistro Sake. Other dishes, like the Unforgettable Salmon, shine in their simplicity and tradition. The restaurant's hibachi table, meanwhile, sizzles with beef and chicken, while udon noodles hoist crispy bites of tempura shrimp. Delicately lifting spicy slices of Japanese steak, or plucking pieces of fish and roe, chopsticks at Bistro Sake deliver a diverse array of fresh, authentic flavors to discerning palates.

7600 Madison Street
Forest Park,
IL
US

The third restaurant from proprietor Sylvia Xim'enez, aXcan Mexican Grill celebrates authentic Mexican flavors in the same vein as her other establishments. Executive chef Enrique Gomez blends flavors from his native Mexico with elegant, modern methods of presentation. While his favorite recipes stem from his childhood, Chef Gomez honed his plating skills during a 19-year career as a professional chef, including a stint as a teaching chef for Rick Bayless.

7404 Madison St.
Forest Park,
IL
US

Since 1977, Starship Restaurant & Catering has fed Chicago's unending need for sandwiches and soups. The cooks' most classic creation goes by the name The Starship, and, to make it, they load a sesame seed bun with ham, turkey, bologna, and two kinds of cheese, topping it with fresh veggies. The sizable sandwich pairs with more than 150 varieties of soup, including familiar staples such as French onion and split pea, as well as original recipes such as pepperoni pizza and Oktoberfest soup, which yells "Prost!" each time you take a sip.

7618 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

Caffe De Luca's diverse menu of Italian fare spins homemade pastries, paninis, pizzas, and pastas alongside tasty vintages and custom-designed coffee concoctions. The focaccia-flanked pollo piccante, with grilled chicken, red onion, giardiniera, herb aioli, and smoked mozzarella ($11), stands to attention next to sweet and savory breakfasts on the all-day menu sided by fresh fruit, mixed greens, chips, or fries.

7427 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

The Junction Diner was born from a child's imagination. Kate and Brad Wahl's son Connor had just turned 1 and received a wooden train set. He played for well over an hour, delighting his parents, who had been searching for something that could keep their son's attention. The next step seemed as natural as a locomotive's forward momentum: they opened a train-themed restaurant to cater to parents and their kids.

Inside The Junction Diner, a long counter wraps around the room's center like a winding train track. Diners sit on either side, and servers move up and down the middle, carrying plates of food with playful, train-inspired names. Customers at the counter itself can even get their meals delivered by an actual train. The aptly titled "Lil Conductor's Menu" delights kids with mini burgers and cheese quesadillas, while older diners peruse "Box Car Burgers" made with certified Black Angus beef and "Junction Wraps" including the buffalo chicken, topped in buffalo sauce, veggies, and a choice of ranch dressing or blue cheese. Near the dining area, a large table with interactive model trains keeps kids busy while their parents finish meals.

7401 Madison St.
Forest Park,
IL
US

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