Restaurants in Crystal Lake


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  • Colonial Cafe and Ice Cream
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream facet_type_id: 0df72c90-5f39-1032-bfff-fb76b44c0603 html_text: |- Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.” While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
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    5689 NW Hwy.
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Crystal Lake Rib House
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Crystal Lake Rib House facet_type_id: 8d252850-5f39-1032-aefb-e0225426a1da html_text: |- Inside the kitchens of Crystal Lake Rib House, chef David Faccone takes a methodical, multistep approach to making his baby back ribs: he covers them with dry rub, smokes them, and finally chargrills them before brushing over the final product with housemade barbecue sauce. His work has paid off—his tender baby back slabs earned the restaurant a 2012 Best of the Fox Award for Barbecue from Planit Northwest, as well as praise from Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called them "a gift from the Gods of barbecue." In addition to ribs, the cooks also chargrill half-pound burgers, topping them with lettuce and tomato or a meaty pile of pulled pork and melted cheddar. The kitchen’s old-fashioned attention to smoked flavor is reflected in the building itself, an old house whose wooden front porch is adorned with wagon wheels. Inside, rustic hardwood floors support tables topped with white-and-red-checkered cloths, where patrons dip their spoons into hearty chili and sip domestic and imported brews. Crystal Lake Rib House also arranges catering services for office gatherings, family reunions, and pool parties near bubbling barbecue-sauce springs. They have even catered for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, and Illinois governors, according to staff.
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    540 East Terra Cotta Avenue
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
    Looking for a quick bite to eat? Head on over to Crystal Lake's Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen. Come prepared to feast at Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen is great for families with kids. Nothing can beat sharing a meal with friends and family. Come to Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen for great food for any size party. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen's beautiful outdoor seating area. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen in jeans and a hoodie. You can also grab your grub to go. You can also serve food from Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot. Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike. A mid-priced establishment, Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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    110 N Main St
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Cottage
    Craving pizza? Head on over to Crystal Lake's Cottage for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist. Diet schmiet! Catch a break from low-fat fare at Cottage, where low-fat options aren't an option. For your viewing pleasure, Cottage also stocks TVs in the bar area. Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Cottage — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks. Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Cottage. Gather up your group of friends and head to Cottage, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the pizzeria can get noisy. The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Cottage. Cottage's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Sometimes you need food fast, and Cottage totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery. Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Cottage's tasty dishes at your next party. Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Cottage is close to both. Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Cottage. Chow down for less at Cottage, where a meal almost always costs under $15. Stop by for three square meals a day — Cottage serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    6 E Crystal Lake Ave
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Wendy's
    Wendy's in Crystal Lake on Northwest Hwy is one of the better-priced fast food restaurants in the area, featuring a delightful menu that won't break the bank. Stop by for the good quality and stay for helpful service. You'll be planning your next trip to Wendy's before you know it. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, while the overall price may be low, you can bet that the ingredients will be fresh. In fact, you should certainly be able to enjoy a good meal for nine or ten bucks, and can probably get in and out for just a Lincoln if you try. There really is something for everyone, with gluten-free options, as well as low-fat and vegetarian items on the robust menu. Plus, most local parents will tell you that it's a good place to bring the kids, as well. If you're in a hurry, the menu has plenty of items that are well-suited to eat on the go. One of the better fast-food chains in the area, this Wendy's definitely stands out from the competition. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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    6116 Northwest Hwy
    Crystal Lake, IL US
  • Outback Steakhouse
    At Outback Steakhouse in Crystal Lake, you can enjoy a well-seasoned, juicy steak. The chefs at Outback Steakhouse know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals. Be sure to complete your meal at Outback Steakhouse with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Parents, bring your kids along to Outback Steakhouse, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Outback Steakhouse has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties. Between the music and the crowds, Outback Steakhouse's noise levels can be intense. Folks tend to dress down at Outback Steakhouse, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. For the tastes of Outback Steakhouse from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Outback Steakhouse's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door. Outback Steakhouse's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Outback Steakhouse since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    4751 Northwest Hwy
    Crystal Lake, IL US

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