People enjoy eating while watching intense action, which explains sports bars, movie concession stands, and the crumbs littering the carpet in NASA’s control room. Feast your eyes with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare at Scoreboard in Lake Zurich.
Perched near the lakeshore, Scoreboard satisfies adrenaline aficionados with live television sports for the eyes and a menu of piping hot grilled goodies for the hands, stomach, and occasionally, the lap. Boats of cheese fries sail nervously through a sea of hungry eyes to their tables, smothered with melted dairy, bacon and scallions ($5.95). The southwest burger, rubbed with searing Cajun spices, ups the capsaicin ante with a generous dose of jalapeños and homemade chipotle sauce swaddled beneath a fire-blanket of melted mozzarella cheese ($8.50). The reuben's slices of savory grilled rye make an edible stage for a heaping helping of sauerkraut, cheese, and the diva of the lunchmeat counter, corned beef ($8). Sports lovers fix eyes on the restaurant's TVs to follow their favorite games as the voodoo magic that powers all professional ovens imbues Scoreboard's thin-crust pizzas with a particularly savorable melty flavor ($9.95 for a medium, $10.95 for a large, toppings $1.50 each). All the fresh meats that fill out Scoreboard's sumptuous grilled menu come directly from the butcher next door, who supplies the restaurant with the tastiest cuts in exchange for the occasional ground-beef sculpture of his favorite athletes.
Though it’s been open for the past 90 or so years, Scoreboard has seen few changes beyond its name. Once known as Schweda’s Barbecue, the Lake Zurich bar and grill is still owned and operated by the same family, and present proprietor Joe Schweda has maintained much of the eatery’s original charm, including its quaint, white-washed building situated near the lake on Old Rand Road. The grill does its part to maintain a neighborhood feel, acquiring all of its meats from Orchard Prime Meats, conveniently located next door for the past 20 years. While watching a game, patrons can wash down juicy half-pound burgers, thin-crust pizzas, or one of a dozen types of sandwiches with a frothy Budweiser, Guinness, or 312 draft.
Aside from supplying eats and drinks, the Scoreboard staff also reaps karma points by hosting philanthropic events such as “Golfing for the Cure,” and by always letting women and children onto lifeboats first.
84 N Old Rand Rd.
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047