The Curragh

8266 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie, 847-675-9600

An Irish spirit and friendliness fills the air when guests come to have a "craic" — a good time. Typical Irish fare includes chicken-filled cottage pie, Guinness beer battered fish and chips and boxtys — a traditional stuffed potato pancake with chicken, vegetables, seafood or corned beef. $ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Grandpa's Place

1868 Prairie St., Glenview, 847-724-1390

Grandpa's evokes a simpler time and even has a bar that dates back to 1891. This Irish-influenced tavern provides diners with hearty items of fish and chips, chicken kebabs, a barbecued pulled pork sandwich and a hot corned beef sandwich. $ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Tommy Nevin's Pub

1450-1458 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-869-0450

Tommy's fire-engine red facade pays homage to the Temple Bar in Dublin and alerts diners to its Irish-American comfort foods. Some of the samplings include melted three-cheese sandwich, a lamb burger, bangers and mash and a pot roast boxty. $$ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Italian

Alex's Washington Gardens

256 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-0309

Proud of its history and Italian heritage, "the Gardens" dates back to 1932 when Angelina Scornavacco opened a beer and wine garden on the corner of Railway and Washington avenues. Besides thin-crust pizzas, house specialties are penne with fresh peas, lasagna Bolognese, Cajun martini whitefish and baked boneless chicken breasts in a lemon, white wine and herb sauce. $$ Dinner daily

 

Bertucci's Steak and Seafood

246 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-6663