Jameson's Charhouse

The Glen, 2601 Navy Blvd., Glenview, 847-832-9000

9525 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-9700

Specializing in American cuisine with modern touches, Jameson's is a cozy setting with locations on the North Shore, northwest and west suburbs. Its dinner menu serves steaks, chops and fresh fish featuring such items as crab cakes, prime sirloin, baby back ribs and a number of fresh from market fish selections. $$ Glenview dinner daily, Skokie breakfast, lunch and dinner daily


Johnny's Kitchen & Tap

1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-699-9999

Johnny's, a family-friendly neighborhood place, fires up the grill with its barbecue baby back ribs and its famous wood-roasted rotisserie chicken. Savor other selections such as a charbroiled Black Angus New York strip steak topped with blue cheese or a grilled chicken sandwich topped with Gruyere and cranberry sauce. $$ Lunch and dinner daily


Market House on the Square

655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-8800

With its building certified as a national historic landmark, the Market Square makes its mark by making everything in house, including baking fresh bread daily. Starters include bacon cheeseburger egg rolls with all the fixings. Entrees offer an updated retro fave: "Hamburger Help Me" — tagliatelle noodles with a meaty Bolognese sauce and white cheddar cheese. $ Lunch and dinner daily


Players Grill

1855 Deerfield Road, Highland Park, 847-831-4445

Customers come to this long established sports-themed restaurant for familiar offerings of burgers, sandwiches and salads and other special items. Try a seafood ranchero entree with shrimp, salmon and scallops and vegetables over a bed of mildly spicy rice.  Choose a favorite such as roast duck, Ellyn's fettuccine portobello or grilled turkey steak topped with peppers, onions and mushrooms. $$  Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily


The Ridgeview Grill

827 Ridge Road, Wilmette, 847-251-2770

Gourmet flavors permeate this neighborhood eatery serving American comfort food all day long. The breakfast menu has skillets, omelets, crepes and specialties such as brioche French toast and multigrain pancakes. The evening portion has mile high meatloaf, roast turkey breast with sage dressing and salmon seared with peppercorns. $ Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily