Turn back the clock and enjoy a dinner — or any meal — at the English Room in the lovely Deer Path Inn, a destination hotel since 1929. The main dining room's setting with elegant drapery, beamed ceiling, white tablecloths and chandeliers is the backdrop for classic American cuisine with contemporary notes featuring prime steaks, prime rib, chops and seafood on the dinner menu. In summer, enjoy the adjoining courtyard garden. $$$ Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat.
1126 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-2430
A friendly American/French sidewalk bistro, Gilson's gives families a large menu of dishes made from organic and locally grown produce and sustainable catch species for its seafood selection. Pair a wine or a beer with a ratatouille Napoleon, skirt steak Barcelona, and Tortugas red snapper. Enjoy sidewalk seating in nice weather. $$ Lunch and dinner daily
1843 Glenview Road, Glenview, 847-724-0692
The recently rehabbed Glenview House offers American comfort food with French, Italian and Asian influences, a bar and whisky lounge in an upscale setting. Dishes include curried mussels appetizer, char-crusted rib-eye steak and pan-seared Alaskan halibut entrees. $$ Dinner Mon.-Sun; Lunch and dinner Sat. and Sun.
The Globe Café and Bar
1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston, 847-866-8700
Inside the Hilton Orrington/Evanston, busy professionals and educated travelers find some culinary comfort in the Globe's culturally inspired menu. Breakfast entrees include an egg white veggie omelet and lemon ricotta pancakes. Lunch and dinner faves include a Belgian mussel pot appetizer, pork or fish tacos, chicken and mascarpone ravioli, and coq au vin. $$ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Grille No. 43
28800 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Bluff, 847-234-7643
With blue-gray colored walls, banquette seating and dark wood features, this modern American eatery has grown-up treats of bone-in rib-eye with steak frites, crispy duck confit bruschetta, and pan-seared Idaho ruby trout. Burgers come dressed in a brioche or pretzel bun. $$ Lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sat. and Sun.
The Grille on Laurel
181 E. Laurel Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-9660