Max and Benny's Restaurant and Deli

Brookside Plaza, 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, 847-272-9490

Popular with customers of all ages since 1985, this restaurant, deli and bakery puts forth a whopping menu of Jewish and international comfort food classics in a 300-plus-seat setting. Go for the restaurant's famous Reuben sandwich piled high with corned beef, chicken pesto salad, smoked whitefish platter or an open face hot turkey sandwich on challah bread. $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily



191 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, 847-831-0600

Max's calls itself "Chicago's New York deli." One big reason from a New Yorker's perspective would be the egg creams — a fountain drink with chocolate syrup, milk and seltzer water that originated in New York. Then there's the chopped liver, matzo ball soup, latkes, and, of course, the overstuffed sandwiches of such favorites as pastrami, corned beef and roast beef. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily


Noyes Street Café

828 W. Noyes St., Evanston, 847-475-8683

After seeing the exhibits at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, enter here for refreshments. The café combines freshness and visual presentation with its Greek and Italian entrees such as pasta with smoked salmon, spinach, black olives and cheese, and half a spring chicken sautéed in butter with fresh basil and honey. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; brunch and dinner Sat. and Sun.


Prairie Joe's/The Real Joe's

1921 Central St., Evanston, 847-491-0391

By day this café offers a funky mix of American, Mexican and vegetarian fare in a fun atmosphere. Highlights include biscuits and gravy, burgers, homemade soups and thick milkshakes. In response to a request from customers it added an evening dinner service and slapped on a different name — all at the same location. Keeping it eclectic, the dinner menu offers such things as batter-fried cod tacos and build-your-own falafel sandwich. $ Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Tues.-Sat.


Rhapsody Café

833-C Deerfield Road, Deerfield, 847-267-1700

This café "hums" with a steady beat to provide all kinds of items. Daytime dishes include a breakfast quesadilla, a tomato, bacon and spinach frittata, pumpkin and walnut pancakes and a veggie burger. The dinner list includes traditional chicken Vesuvio, a seared tilapia in a white wine, lemon and garlic sauce and black and blue London broil with cracked black pepper and blue cheese. $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily