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Within easy walking distance from the swooping neon, thundering pins, and intergalactic bowling murals of Glo-Bowl Fun Center lies a tranquil restaurant complete with stone fireplace. In fact, it's in the same building: not content with just a typical snack bar, the proprietors created a full spread of meaty sandwiches, sweet-potato fries, barbecue ribs, and other classic American fare. On select nights, the open patio hosts laidback live music that never overwhelms conversation, and guests are welcome to tote their meals into the alley if a favorable bowling wind suddenly arises.

101 Franks Rd
Marengo,
IL
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Expressly Leslie Café, born from a Woodstock Farmers Market concession trailer, was named one of the best vegetarian dining spots by readers of the Northwest Herald. The menu brims with Middle Eastern specialties such as falafel, hummus, and pita pocket sandwiches, along with salads hailing from Morocco, Israeli, and Egypt. All these dishes are freshly made in the restaurant without additives, high fructose corn syrup, or Spam-filled Twinkies. You can follow owner Leslie Cook's thoughts on vegetarianism, cooking with wholesome ingredients, and current events in the world of nutrition on her blog.

110 S Johnson St
Woodstock,
IL
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On warm nights, live music spills from D.C. Cobb?s stage and flows onto Woodstock Square. As if thumping bass weren?t incentive enough to duck into the brick-walled dining room, passersby may be won over by the aroma of sizzling bacon, which chefs smoke and season in-house daily. The juicy strips grace hand-formed beef patties, joining the ranks of other creative flourishes such as fried egg, mac 'n' cheese, and guacamole. Further cementing their status as a bastion of the Square, D.C. Cobb?s hosts the annual Main Street Music Fest, replete with local bands, food vendors, and longing looks from park statues.

226 Main St
Woodstock,
IL
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Benedict’s La Strata

Metromix regards the menu at Benedict’s La Strata as a collection of "perfectly executed breakfast items." This is high praise, but appropriate enough given the restaurant’s uncommon attention to detail. A proper brunch kicks off with a glass of fresh-squeezed juice or a steamy mug of coffee from local roaster Intelligentsia. Chefs pay twofold tribute to their restaurant's name with 10 different varieties of eggs benedict and an array of sweet or savory stratas, baked egg-and-cheese dishes served with potatoes or fresh fruit. Though breakfast is the main event here, the menu also includes paninis, wraps, and dinner plates that couples can saw in half to share.

40 N Williams St
Crystal Lake,
IL
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Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.

To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.

5186 Northwest Hwy.
Crystal Lake,
IL
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At Buffalo Wings & Rings, the staff has had a serious love affair with wings since 1984, the year they served the establishment’s first one. Today, they toss their specialty wings in signature sauces—ranging from classic buffalo to tangy sweet Thai chili—and serve them in orders of 5, 10, 15, 25, or 50. The team prepares the wings boneless, drenched in sauce, grilled, or as hot as possible without necessitating a fire hydrant on top of each table. Creamy homemade bleu cheese or ranch dips also help douse the mouth fires, along with other menu options such as the famous onion rings, natural-cut fries, and plenty of burgers and sandwiches.

1520 Carlemont Dr
Crystal Lake,
IL
US