Algonquin is one of the suburbs in the Chicagoland area, one of the biggest but somewhere in the median range with a population of over thirty thousand. This makes it one of the fastest growing villages in the area. Residents know it as "The Gem of the Fox River Valley." If you're visiting Algonquin for business or pleasure, you'll need to find the best places to eat and have cocktails. The establishments below are our favorites in the 60102 zip code.
PORT EDWARD RESTAURANT
Port Edward Restaurant has been called one of the most unique restaurants in the Chicagoland area, because of its incredible dishes that fuse so many different flavors into one. We love the wasabi sea scallops appetizer, and the seared wasabi encrusted jumbo sea scallops served with sticky rice cakes, toasted sesame seeds and mango ginger vinaigrette. That's one of the best things, but everything is fantastic!
Address: 20 West Algonquin Road
Mandile's Restaurant is built on the premise that meals should be communal, to bring about a sense of camaraderie and connection between the people who are dining. It's a philogophy that originates in the countryside of Cantanzaro. The wine and martini list is very impressive here, and we think all of it pairs very nicely with our favorite dish, the Marina's Gnocchi Ricotta di Casa, which is a homemade pasta in creamy tomato vodka sauce! So good!
Address: 2160 Lake Cook Road
Cucina Bella has some of the very best Italian food that you'll ever taste! Located conveniently in downtown Algonquin, it's very impressive for dates and other special occasions. We love their chops and mussels, and really just about anything on the menu because it's all fantastic. They've got an impressive wine list too so if you're in the mood to celebrate, this is a great place to do it!
Address: 220 South Main Street
Texan Barbecue is the most authentic barbecue restaurant in all of Algonquin! When you're dining here, you'll feel like you made the long trek down south for some real BBQ the way it's meant to be done. The atmosphere is relaxed and cool, and they've got an incredible spicy sauce that goes great with just about anything! You'll be surprised by the great selection of beers and the low prices on everything!
Address: 101 North Main Street
RIVERVIEW RESTAURANT & TAVERN
Riverview Restaurant & Tavern has been voted best pizza in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, and we love the Algonquin location for its wonderful full service bar, the extensive selection of beer and liquor, and of course that amazing pizza! You can either sit in the dining room or enjoy their outdoor patio. They've even got delivery until midnight Sunday thru Thursday and until 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays! Gotta love it!
Address: 1320 South Main Street
INDIA CURRY HOUSE
If you adore Indian food as much as we do, you need to be made aware of India Curry House. It gets consistently high reviews from everyone who dines there. They've got an incredible amount of dishes made with seafood, veal, lamb, and chicken, and every single one of them is mouth wateringly good! The ambiance is very relaxed and quiet, so it's a great place to take a date to enjoy some really good conversation.
Address: 1332 East Algonquin Road
NERO'S PIZZA AND PUB
Nero's Pizza and Pub is best known for their fabulous pizza, but there's so much more to this wonderful establishment than just that. They've got daily specials that will help you save a few bucks, and we really love their soups. They've got an excellent salad bar on Friday and Saturday nights, and they're open for breakfast too!
Address: 300 Eastgate Court
THIRSTY WHALE BAR & GRILL
We love the Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill, mostly for its Sunday NFL Game Day when they've got ten dollar domestic beer buckets, three dollar bloody Marys, and four dollar Mai Tais! They've got a VIP text club that will help you save money with great specials and discounts, and you really cannot beat the atmopshere here. Pure relaxation and fun!
Address: 1700 South Randall Road
TAVERN AT THE BRIDGE
Tavern at the Bridge is an incredible place to relax and enjoy some good conversation with friends. Even if you show up alone for a drink, you'll probably end up chatting with some of the regulars who are always so fun and friendly. The drinks here are pretty much just the basics, but really what more do you need? The simplicity of Tavern at the Bridge is exactly why we love it so much.
Address: 101 East Algonquin Road
Barley House is purely focused on good food, all the time. We're really hooked on their sliders, especially the Buffalo Chicken Slider and the Barbecue Pork Slider! If you're trying to choose a really great appetizer, the Pulled Chicken Nachos are always a great choice, as are the Buff-a-Que wings! Oh and did we mention the Coconut Onion Rings? They are unbelievably good. Everything on the menu is fantastic, the service is outstanding, and the ambiance is warm and welcoming. It doesn't get any better than this!
Address: 1520 South Randall Road