In the northwestern suburbs, Wheeling’s Restaurant Row has long been a destination for discerning food lovers. After all, it’s the home of a number of great, high-profile restaurants that lead people out of the city to experience them. Want to see the map on where to find all of them, click here: Wheeling’s Famous Restaurant Row.
If you’re looking for some variety and an exceptional dining experience up north, check out what’s happening in Wheeling right now.
Bob Chinn’s Crab House
You’ve heard of this place, of course. Known for its super-fresh seafood, and the board in front that shows what just arrived, this restaurant is a regular stop for people who know good food, no matter where they’re from.
Buca di Beppo
Family-style Italian dishes are offered here so that you can turn every meal into a celebration with friends and family. This restaurant is well known for opening up on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you can enjoy a holiday meal without the fuss.
The teppanyaki style of dining, in which meats and vegetables are cooked on a steel grill in front of you, is showcased here. Sushi and saki are also offered, for those looking for a more exciting style of dining that’s both artistic and delicious.
Chicago Bagel & Bialy Deli II
It’s just a bagel place, right? Well, yes, but it’s a really, really good one. Bagels are made fresh in-house the right way, and breakfast and lunch options are worth the wait. Some outdoor seating is available. Located at 260 S. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling; call 847-465-9590.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
The signature menu here is designed to pair with Cooper’s Hawk wines in an upscale casual setting that includes a bar, private barrel-aging room, and tasting room. You’ll enjoy contemporary American eats, including steak and seafood, along with pasta, chicken, burgers, and salads.
D’Agostino’s Pizzeria and Pub
This family-friendly local chain offers traditional Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. Try the thin-crust, or go with tasty grinders, paninis, pasta, and burgers! Beer, wine, and cocktails are also offered in this casual, friendly space.
A long-standing cornerstone of the community, this Chinese restaurant is known for authenticity. You’ll find Japanese-inspired rice, Thai soups and salads, Indian curries, Filipino entrees, Cantonese foods, and Chinese dishes from different regions. Dim sum is also available.
Kilcoyne’s Redwood Inn
This Irish tavern serves up decent bar food and weekend breakfasts, along with TVs to watch sporting events. It’s a bit of a dive, but the corned beef is good, the fish fry is tasty, and drink prices are reasonable.
Lana’s Dazzling Desserts
This bakery is actually a bit off the main drag, around the corner from Restaurant Row. But if you’re looking for beautiful cakes, tortes, tarts, and pastries made in the European fashion, there’s no better location.
Founded by the father of the Illinois wine industry, this friendly tasting room features wonderful locally-made wines and unique gift items, along with outdoor seating and appetizers. The main location is in Roselle.
Purple Sprout Cafe and Juice Bar
Love vegetarian food? Want to eat healthy, and create a balanced lifestyle? Start here. This small restaurant’s artisan menu includes pizzas, crepes vegetable pies, veggie sushi rolls, falafel, kale chips, homemade crackers and chips, salads, vegan burgers, and pasta. And don’t miss the sugar-free sweets and smoothies! (Featured image on this page is of the raw, grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free Cashew Basil Pizza).
RAM Restaurant & Brewery
If you’re looking for upscale yet comforting bar-style eats and great beer, look no further! The RAM offers seasonal ales on tap and features theoption of having them served with nitrogen. This place is known for its tasty burgers and sandwiches, but it offers plenty of variety to cater to all tastes.
Rise n Dine Pancake Cafe
Breakfast is served at this diner-style restaurant, along with brunch, burgers, sandwiches, and Greek/Mediterranean fare. Expect big pancakes, hearty portions, unique skillets, and a Mediterranean-inspired ambiance.
Saranello’s Ristorante Italiano
This Lettuce Entertain You Italian eatery inside the Westin Hotel North Shore features great pasta and steaks, along with a carefully chosen wine list.. Every Sunday you can enjoy the champagne Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. As a hotel restaurant, it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Upcoming event: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah here on 9/20-9/21 with a special menu.
Siri Indian Restaurant
Around the corner from Restaurant Row on Dundee, Siri offers South Indian favorites. Tandoor dishes, breads, vegetarian entrees, dosa, uthappam, rice and noodles, and more. Naturally, there’s a lunch buffet with good variety and quality.
Spears Bourbon, Burgers, & Beer
Located in the Westin Hotel North Shore’s parking lot, Spears is a cool American-style burger restaurant that offers a unique vibe. This is a place that knows its bourbons and beers, and will even “smoke” the bourbon for you to give it a richer flavor. The burgers are creative and tasty, too!
Pull your car up to the speaker and order a Chicago-style dog, from this iconic stand that offers sandwiches, fries, beverages, and fountain treats. You can also go inside, of course, and eat in. Don’t miss the experience!
In the mood for Japanese food? You can find a great variety of eats here, from sushi and bento boxes to noodles and soups. The cozy restaurant prides itself on fresh fish and good quality for very decent prices.
This Phil Stefani restaurant offers pasta, pizza, and wine in a casual, comfortable environment perfect for date night or family dinners! Enjoy lunch with the 10 under $10 menu.
Billed as the “ultimate sports lodge,” Twin Peaks is known for its scantily-clad servers, smashed burgers, made-from-scratch food, and beer. Come for major sporting events and fun.
Upcoming events: The Lumber Jills Costume Party takes place from 9/25-9/30.