Arlington Heights, Illinois
Twenty-five miles northwest of Chicago, you'll find Arlington Heights, Illinois. With a population of over 75,000 residents, it's a quickly growing community. Perhaps best known as the home of the Arlington Park Race Track where they hold the Arlington Million for the Breeder's Cup... and you may also be familiar with it because of its busy business district. Many popular musicians have called Arlington Heights home, including Davis Daniel, Ted Nugent, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, and Lee DeWyze of American Idol fame. Nowadays most of the entertainment is done at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and Arlington Theatre, with the popular club The Cellar having closed way back in 1970. If you're planning to visit the area, here are our favorite picks for drinking and dining in the 60004, 60005, 60006, 60007, 60008, and 60009 zips!
LA TASCA TAPAS RESTAURANT
If you love to share delectable dishes with the other people in your party, tapas style is for you. This Spanish tradition is perfectly practiced at La Tasca Tapas Restaurant, where the atmosphere is authentic and the service is excellent. It's getting rave reviews from all the hot Chicago magazines, and the name La Tasca is on the lips of all the Arlington Heights residents who know it's the best restaurant to spring up in town in many years. We LOVE the Sangria here! Live music will keep you entertained during your meal. Just an overall excellent dining experience.
Address: 25 West Davis Street
LE TITI DE PARIS
French food has never been done so well. Le Titi de Paris is definitely one of the more high end dining experiences you can find in the area, but you get what you pay for here. Great ambiance, and set on a beautiful tree-lined street. We can't stop raving about the service here... the waitstaff really goes out of their way to make sure that you have everything you need. We would highly recommend the Menu Gourmand, which is a six course meal that really puts their specialties on display. If you're just getting an entree, the scallops are fantastic.
Address: 1015 West Dundee Road
CHOWPATTI VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
It's tough to find a good vegetarian restaurant, and this one has been doing great business since 1982 for a reason! They know how to craft the most delicious concoctions from the freshest vegetables and spices. We'd definitely recommend the masaledar pav bhaji, and the ragda patties are truly delicious. Freshly squeezed juice is a perfect drink pairing for your meal. Don't judge this book by its cover--the exterior isn't anything special nor is the ambiance inside, but the food is worth coming back for time and time again.
Address: 1035 South Arlington Heights Road
Francesca's is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Chicago area. We are one hundred percent hooked on the handmade spinach ravioli with four cheese sauce, and the veal medallions are nothing short of addictive. The atmosphere is casual yet very nicely decorated, and the service is always outstanding. Great place to go for anniversaries or celebrations!
Address: 208 South Arlington Heights Road
Seafood lovers rejoice, Pappadeaux has the freshest and most delicious seafood in the land. The restaurant is huge, but the wait can still be quite long because it is such a popular destination. Everything here has that cajun spice that you just can't get enough of. Sunday Brunch is an essential. If you're in town on a Sunday, don't miss it. You'll be tempted to fill up on the appetizers and entrees, but make sure to save room for their incredible desserts. The pecan pie is fantastic.
Address: 798 West Algonquin Road
DAKOTA'S BAR & GRILL
The best bar and grill in the Arlington Heights area is Dakota's. They've got great food, always served piping hot and fresh, and at those bar food prices that go so easy on your wallet. The drinks are always perfectly mixed and never watered down, and the selection of beers is pretty decent too. The staff is very friendly and the bar is very clean. They play a great mix of music so everyone in your party will be satisfied. Video games too. Great place to relax with a cold beer.
Address: 1550 East Algonquin Road
There is an actual butcher shop housed within this restaurant, so you know you're getting the freshest and best cuts of meat. You may be tempted to stick with the meat selections, but the seafood is equally high quality and cooked just perfectly. The restaurant has been in business for at least 20 years, and there's no question why. We love the sauteed chicken breast with artichokes in lemon sauce. Delish! You'll definitely be coming back for more.
Address: 1331 West Dundee Road
CARLOS & CARLOS RESTAURANT
The selections at this restaurant are so far beyond delicious, you'll have to try them yourself to understand how great they are. No words are adequate to describe these dishes. The sweet potato gnocchi is out of this world, and the langostino is on a whole other level... If you're not familiar with that, it's ravioli stuffed with lobster and cheese. The chef has been crafting incredible dishes here since 2006, and those who are in the know will tell you that this is the BEST restaurant in town, hands down. Carlos & Carlos is nothing short of perfection.
Address: 115 West Campbell Street
Love seafood and steak? Palm Court is your place. The atmosphere is very romantic, so it's perfect for those special anniversaries or first dates, but at the same time it's very classy and great for business lunches. There is another dining room that's got a more casual style, so if you're heading in with a large group on the party bus, that may be a good bet for you. The Dover Sole is deboned right at the table for you, and the Veal Oscar is probably the best thing on the menu as far as we're concerned. Can't go wrong with any of the choices here though. It's all fantastic.
Address: 1912 North Arlington Heights Road
WILD FISH SUSHI
Chicago knows good sushi, but Arlington Heights kicks it up a notch. The ambiance is very romantic. Beautifully decorated and elegantly lit. They've been serving fresh and delicious sushi since 2003, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Something different that you may not find at other sushi establishments is the stuffed mushrooms. The expertly trained chefs stuff them with crab meat, deep fry them, slice them in half, and then put on just the perfect amount of spicy mayo. Delicious! Some say it's expensive, but you get what you pay for. We can't recommend Wild Fish Sushi enough!
Address: 60 South Arlington Heights Road