540 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-784-1444

Little Ricky's loves barbecue and shows it in its casual dining menu. Find barbecued baby back ribs, half chicken and pulled pork. Other options include skirt steak, stir fry shrimp salad, grilled salmon and fish and chips. $ Lunch and dinner daily


Ravinia BBQ and Grill

592 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-433-1111

Placed in a popular business district, patrons either pick up hearty items for their lawn seat picnics at Ravinia Festival or have a dinner inside sipping on one of the eatery's specialty martinis. Start with mini Sloppy Joes then go with the grill's claim to fame: cooked-to-order chicken dishes and barbecued baby back ribs. $$ Dinner Mon. and Wed-Sun. 


Breakfast Plus

Annie's Pancake House

4900 Oakton St., Skokie, 847-675-7562

On a corner spot, Annie's attracts folks with crepes, pancakes, fruit-topped waffles and sandwiches throughout the day. Wake up with a peach blintz or Hawaii Five-O omelet stuffed with pineapple, bacon, ham and Monterey Jack cheese. Find hearty sandwiches such as a beef muffaletta or a triple decker turkey club. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily


Bluffington's Café

113 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, 847-295-3344

At this breakfast spot and delicatessen, visitors can grab coffee, smoothie or a shake along with a sandwich or a salad or sit down for an unrushed homestyle breakfast or lunch inside or outside. The café offers its specialty Doug's club sandwich — chicken salad, bacon and cheddar cheese on toasted wheat or the sunny salad — a mixture of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and poppy seed dressing. $ Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.


Caffé Buon Giorno

566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-784-8899

This daytime bistro infuses an Italian flair with its breakfast and lunch items. From-scratch items include blueberry pancakes, a broccoli and English cheddar cheese omelet, eggs with crab cakes and eggs with capicolla  — a grilled Italian ham. Lunchtime items include hot panini sandwich, such as the turkey, asparagus and Gruyere cheese. $ Breakfast and lunch daily