153 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-251-6000

Popular with families, this homey, all-American eatery offers breakfast all day and into the evening with creations of challah French toast, banana pancakes, a lox plate, Western baked omelet and a specialty apple cinnamon pancake topped with vanilla ice cream. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

 

Cafes/Delis/Markets

The Bagel

4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-677-0100

Traditional, Old World family Jewish recipes grace this deli's refrigerated cases. Come in for a smoked whitefish platter, a cheese blintz or a Devon Avenue combination sandwich of pastrami, corned beef and Swiss cheese on rye. Hot delicacies include a boiled beef tongue, baked beef short ribs or hoppel-poppel — an omelet with diced frankfurter or salami, potato, green pepper and onion. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

 

Blind Faith Café

525 W. Dempster St., Evanston, 847-328-6875

Describing itself as a "certified green restaurant," this cafe and bakery serves up an all vegetarian menu and an array of bakery treats to fit all diets and tastes. Cafe offerings include a barbecue seitan sandwich, enchiladas verdes and spinach lasagna. The bakery has everything from chocolate éclairs to vegan chocolate cupcakes. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.

 

The Chicago Botanic Garden Café

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847-835-3040

With spacious and beautiful gardens as backdrop for the cafe, guests satiate their appetites by choosing made-to-order omelets, bakery items, flatbread pizzas, soups and sandwiches. At dinner, the seasonal outdoor grill has hamburgers, ale-braised Sheboygan bratwurst, and entrees that change weekly.  $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

 

Convito Café & Market

Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-251-3654

This perennial favorite is a market and a café. The café offers a regional European menu with a focus on French and Italian preparations. From "openings," select an onion tart — caramelized onion, pancetta and vanilla creme fraiche. Choose one of the pastas such as whole wheat roman rigatoni with Tuscan broccolini, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy onions, ricotta, extra virgin olive oil and lemon zest. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.