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The 12-inch double pepperoni pizza is one of the five pies that Merlo’s Italian Restaurant, in Highland Park, offers. 22nd Century Media File Photos
The tan tan ramen at Wilmette’s Torino Ramen has a chicken and yuzu broth, chicken chashu, a soft boiled egg, bok choy, menma, green onions and lime, and is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.
The griddle burger at Fred’s Garage, in Winnetka, features a juicy double-beef patty with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and remoulade sauce.
The chamuscado de panela at Glenview’s Cafe El Tapatio is a tasty appetizer made of three slices of seared queso panela, topped with roasted tomato, poblano, ancho chile balsamic sauce and sprinkled with Mexican oregano.
The shrimp and lobster sandwich at Lake Forest’s The English Room is filled with shrimp, lobster, avocado, tomato, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette between two slices of brioche bread and served with homemade chips and a pickle.
Slow roasted with rosemary and garlic, the lamb shank at Glencoe’s Frank and Betsie’s Restaurant is served in a rich and flavorful sauce and served with a side of roasted vegetables.
New Orleans Bordelaise seafood pasta is one of the secret menu items at Northbrook’s Lucky Fish, with linguine, roasted red peppers, asparagus tips, broccolini and spinach, topped with large seared scallops and covered with a Bordelaise sauce.
Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
3:33 pm CST January 4, 2018

While the Chicago restaurant scene is highly touted both locally and nationally, it would be a mistake to sleep on the burgeoning culinary landscape here on the North Shore.