From classic Italian to Latin American cuisines, Skokie’s culinary scene offers an impressive range of top spots.
The North Shore’s original supper club survives and thrives because of its delicious food, strong drinks and lovely service. Order Greek chicken, and ask about the specials—you’ll be singing Sinatra, and you’ll be back for more. 4400 Golf Road
The servers and owners of one of the swankiest supper clubs in the area will take good care of you with prime-aged meats and house specialties like chicken Vesuvio. 10027 Skokie Blvd.
The Hampton Social
A sibling of the popular downtown locations, this place aims for an East Coast summer vibe all year long with interesting cocktails and a menu that has lots of crowd-pleasing faves. Westfield Old Orchard
The eclectic cuisines of Latin America are the focus at this neighborhood spot. It’s hard to choose favorites on this smallplate menu, but definitely try the veneras with pan-seared scallops, braised short rib with pico de gallo, and poblano tempura with cheese, wild mushroom and epazote. Or, if you’re in the mood for an adventure, opt for the cocktail selection. 7931 Lincoln Ave.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Stop into this bustling location before or after a movie or take a break from shopping. Share Tuscan-style steamed mussels followed by one of the many classic pasta favorites all served family style. The lunch menu offers service with sandwiches, soups, pastries and coffee in a more casual setting for a quick bite. 4999 Old Orchard Center
Nothing Bundt Cakes
If you like cake, you’ll love these delicious bundt cakes made with fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Available in a range of flavors (from traditional lemon to more adventurous snickerdoodle), numerous unique cake designs and sizes range from bite-size Bundtinis to large double-tiered cakes. 9719 Skokie Blvd.
A Chicago export, this restaurant has top-grade sushi, succulent meat and fish that come off the smokeless robata grill. Created by executive chef Boyd Cheong, it has classic dishes with a Japanese twist, like the Korean spiced lamb cutlets or the teriyaki chicken breast with shiitake mushrooms. 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center
The recently opened Bar Siena at Old Orchard Mall brings the West Loop hot spot’s beloved Italian bites closer to home. Offering an enticing weekend brunch menu with dishes like savory steak and eggs, and prosciutto and egg focaccia, as well as the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus that keep Chicagoans coming back, the new spot has already made a splash. 4999 Old Orchard Road, Ste. A2
Tub Tim Thai
Truly Chicago’s gateway to unique and authentic Thai food, this spot is known for its casual atmosphere featuring Thai favorites in addition to native and regional specialties. 4927 Oakton St.
Zhivago Restaurant & Banquets
Try the classic red borscht soup, beef stroganoff or the mouthwatering rack of lamb at this Russian-inspired restaurant. 9925 Gross Point Road
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