525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, 847-295-7140

Alek's, a sports bar and family restaurant, pairs American fare with a variety of events. Finger-favorite specialties include Buffalo wings, Angus sliders, bison burgers, Chicago-style pizzas and ribs. Enjoy a Friday night fish fry. Come on in for trivia nights on Thursdays and a live jazz brunch every Sunday. $ Lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sun.


E.J.'s Place

10027 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-933-9800

E.J. welcomes visitors longing for supper club style dining and professional wait staff catering to their every need. The woodsy lodge offers prime aged steaks, seafood and Italian specialties. Dishes include rib-eye steak, calf's liver with onions, handmade ravioli in a vodka sauce and veal limone. $$$ Dinner daily           



1241 N. Harms Road, Glenview, 847-724-5577

1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, 847-724-7171

Hackney's majors in old-fashioned comfort food with its famous freshly ground burgers placed inside dark rye bread slices, sandwiches and various entrees. Specials include its french-fried onion loaf, a blue cheese-topped burger, French dip sandwich and fish and chips. $ Lunch and dinner daily for both locations


The Happ Inn Bar & Grill

305 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-784-9200

North Shore restaurateurs Carlos and Debbie Nieto go casual and neighborly in this good-looking, comfy spot. Feel right at home with big burgers, sandwiches, salads, hand tossed wood-fired pizzas, Mexican dishes such as tilapia tacos and the house specialty golden fried chicken. $ Lunch and dinner daily


J.P. McCarthy's Pizza and Grill

509 4th St., Wilmette, 847-853-9999

This place offers something for everyone whether it's grabbing a beer and watching a game or eating with the family and friends. Its legendary thin crust pizzas come in interesting names. The North Shore has sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and goat cheese while the Wall Street is "bullish" on grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, red onions and tomatoes. $ Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.