Restaurants in Vernon Hills


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  • Tom & Eddie's
    When former fast-food execs Ed Rensi and Tom Dentice decided to open their own casual restaurant, they knew they'd have to do some research. In the years since they'd started in the business, the burgeoning foodie culture had transformed this beefy staple into a gourmet food. Honoring the dish's roots in American roadside diners, the duo decided to take a road trip, visiting about 100 restaurants across the country to study what made a gourmet burger. What they found was a lot of hype and inconsistent execution, starting with inadequate equipment. For instance, the average commercial griddle has hot spots and cold spots that can be 30 degrees different. "You can't get a consistent cook … if you got that much range in temperature on the grill," Ed said. He also saw inconsistencies with ingredient quality: toppings can't save a burger, no matter how good, if a restaurant uses beef from spent dairy cattle. Likewise, good beef loses impact when dressed in drab toppings such as iceberg lettuce. Once Ed realized what the gourmet burger needed—consistent process and quality across every ingredient—he and Tom went to work. They found an AccuTemp grill that uses steam pressure to uniformly heat the surface. They sourced Midwestern-raised Angus beef ground from chuck with the shoulder clod still intact. And they filled the 20-item condiment station—dubbed the "Tower of Taste"—with all-natural fixings such as three types of organic Heinz ketchup and mustards from Mustard Girl, a company started by a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. With a surefire process in place, Tom and Ed began extending their menu to other sandwich fillings, such as fresh chicken breasts, sushi-grade ahi tuna, and edamame burger patties. Sides also benefit from the duo's attention to detail. Hand-dipped ice cream and fresh strawberries swirl into strawberry shakes, which are served with extrawide straws that make it easier to sip when the drink is at its coldest. And at the drink station, fountains pour Boylan sodas sweetened with cane sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup.
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    1260 S Milwaukee Ave.
    Vernon Hills, IL US
  • Philly G's
    Phil Gilardi, Jr. carries on his family’s legacy as the fourth generation to embrace the classic flavors and culinary techniques of the Old World. Joined by his uncle, Dan Sullivan, Phil packs his menu with the timeless recipes honed by his great-grandmother, Sophie, and his grandmother, Angie, as well as a few ideas of his own. Executive Chef Fabrizio Patano balances this blend of traditional and contemporary influences, crafting a lineup of Italian comfort foods with elevated touches. Chef Patano and his team demonstrate their commitment to the menu’s Old World roots by importing prosciutto and parmigiano cheese for their entrees. At the same time, they highlight the inherent simplicity of Italian home cooking by hand-rolling their pastas and making fresh sauces in-house. This fusion of imported ingredients and homespun touches is readily apparent throughout the kitchen’s refined dishes, such as breaded veal cutlets with asparagus, lobster, and rich hollandaise sauce. The casually elevated charm of the menu also influences the décor of Philly G’s, which sprawls across the floor plan and covered porch of a stately home. Textured walls lit by glowing sconces surround the tables draped with seafoam-green and white linens and flanked by high-backed chairs. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the lounge area hosts live entertainment for diners, regaling them with musical performances as opposed to staged readings of last week’s winning lottery numbers.
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    1252 E US Highway 45
    Vernon Hills, IL US
  • Spicy Bites
    Miki Trikha and his wife, Nidhi, hope to expose Americans to the popular street foods of Mumbai, where businesspeople on their lunch breaks crowd together, the scents of buttery naan billowing around them on the warm breath of ovens. The couple, who also operate an Indian grocery store, glide across a dining room that the Daily Herald calls “cute and contemporary.” Vibrant portraits span the length of the walls beside colorful, leaf-painted tables. Above a treat-filled glass case, a large menu board guides diners, explaining the flavors and lore behind Mumbai-style chaat. The popular street food combines a piece of fried bread with toppings including pomegranate, chickpeas, and tomato sauce alongside golden samosas and dumplings stuffed with zabiha halal meat or soaked in creamy yogurt. The metallic symphony of a busy kitchen drifts into the room as chefs forge veggie crepes and crown tandoor chicken and lamb with fresh mint chutney. While downing imported Indian sodas, guests admire the eatery's high ceilings and exposed rafters, which shake with laughter and leave space for exaggerated gestures during fishing stories.
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    139 W Townline Rd
    Vernon Hills, IL US
  • Nirvana Wine and Grillerie
    For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Nirvana Wine and Grillerie creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two. If you prefer to eat healthy, you'll find tons of fresh selections on Nirvana Wine and Grillerie's menu. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Take the kids along too — Nirvana Wine and Grillerie is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. During the summer months, don't miss out on Nirvana Wine and Grillerie's outdoor patio seating. Seating is readily available at Nirvana Wine and Grillerie for those with large parties. Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Get dressy for a fancy meal out on the town. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Nirvana Wine and Grillerie. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Nirvana Wine and Grillerie offers catering. Nirvana Wine and Grillerie is located near endless free parking options. A visit to Nirvana Wine and Grillerie will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Nirvana Wine and Grillerie accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
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    701 N Milwaukee Ave
    Vernon Hills, IL US
  • Auntie Anne's - St. Louis
    In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts. When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
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    118 Hawthorn Center
    Vernon Hills, IL US
  • Green Basil
    Get a taste of Southeast Asia at Green Basil, a sweet spot for Thai food. Health nuts will love Green Basil for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options. Be sure to complete your meal at Green Basil with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. With its kid-friendly vibe, Green Basil is a great spot for families to chow down. Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Green Basil. Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. Get dressy for a fancy meal out on the town. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Green Basil as well. Enjoy Green Basil's cooking from your own home with their carry out and delivery options. At Green Basil, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door. At Green Basil, diners can make use of the safe bike rack. Green Basil is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price. Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Green Basil since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    701 N Milwaukee Ave
    Vernon Hills, IL US

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