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Lake Bluff’s hidden gem serves up Mexican cuisine in fun environment

August 2, 2017 by Jacqueline Glosniak, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

While everyone appreciates fine dining, our favorite foods often come from places we lovingly consider the neighborhood hole in the wall. Nothing beats the quirkiness and fast and easy service found at the simplest of eateries.

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Quick Bites: Nothing square about these choices, waffles abound at North Shore eateries

August 16, 2017 by Staff Report Life & Arts, Dining Out

Among one of breakfast’s most popular ­— and heartiest — menu items is the waffle. However you like yours — Belgian-style, with a helping of fried chicken or drizzled with chocolate chips — waffles are a fun batter alternative to...

North Shore’s very own ‘Cheers,' Luke’s thrives on community involvement and traditional dishes

August 22, 2017 by Staff Report Life & Arts, Dining Out

There’s something about those mom-and-pop, Chicago-style food joints that people gravitate toward. 

According to Dave Puzes, the owner of Luke’s in Lake Bluff, it’s the concept of “Cheers.” 

“Everyone...

North Shore’s very own ‘Cheers,' Luke’s thrives on community involvement and traditional dishes

August 22, 2017 by Staff Report Life & Arts, Dining Out

There’s something about those mom-and-pop, Chicago-style food joints that people gravitate toward. 

According to Dave Puzes, the owner of Luke’s in Lake Bluff, it’s the concept of “Cheers.” 

“Everyone...

Complimentary cuisine: Fine dining, artisanal pastries mix at Frank and Betsies

September 6, 2017 by Chris Pullam, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Frank and Betsie Zadeh have spent the past 33 years refining their craft on the North Shore — and it shows.

The couple opened Maison de Patisserie, a “ladies-who-lunch-type place,” in Highland Park in 1984, but made...

Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant offers family-style dining

by Alyssa Groh, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Focusing on family and providing a warm and welcoming environment for customers is the main focus for the founding family and staff at Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant in Glenview. 

Eduardo, who went by Lalo for short,...

Family heritage leaves lasting legacy at Jolane’s

by Jacqueline Glosniak, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Whether a restaurant or a store, when families open up a business, their goal usually involves creating something that will effectively establish a legacy — both in honor of loved ones and the communities in which they serve. In the...

Poultry paradise: Chicken wings abound on the North Shore

by Staff Report Life & Arts, Dining Out

Chicken is such a versatile food. You can turn stock and meat into a hearty soup, dice up and toss into a salad or bread and serve with macaroni and cheese to make a kid’s meal favorite.

In recent years, demand for...