Berwyn is one of the larger offshoots of Chicago, with close to 55,000 residents. This city has been home to some truly unusual attractions, such as the Spindle sculpture created by Dustin Shuler which you may have seen in the popular films Wayne's World and Wanted. Unfortunately that was demolished in 2008, but if you're still looking for something unusual to see in your travels, why not stop into one of the world's largest laundromats? (Stop in on a Wednesday night for free pizza--and any other night you can enjoy the big screen TVs and the kids can enjoy the kiddie play area.) On a more serious note, Berwyn also has an Arts Council and great venues for music and art. . There's a vintage car show yearly, centered on Ogden Avenue's portion of the world famous Route 66. There are hundreds of reasons to come to Berwyn, but while you're here you definitely need to eat. Here are our choices for the best places for dining and drinking in the 60402 zip code.
Wishbone is located on the grounds of FitzGerald's Nightclub, and our favorite selections at this upscale little nook are the Black Bean Cakes, Corn Cakes, Jambalaya Cajun Stew, and Crawfish Etouffee. The service is superb, and you cannot find a better atmosphere. Note that Wishbone is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and weekday breakfast and lunch is no longer served. You can grab dinner Wednesday Thursday and Sunday from 4:30p-9p, and on Friday and Saturday from 4:30p-10p. Brunch is on Saturdays Sundays and Holidays from 8a-3:30p.
Address: 6611 Roosevelt Road
Lalo's is one of the most memorable spots to dine in the Berwyn area because of its stained glass windows and wonderful service. This wonderful Mexican spot serves up unusual tastes such as Quesadillas Sincronizadas, Queso Fundido, and Ceviche de Camaron. Our favorite entrees here are the Flautas de Pollo o Desebrada, and the Enchiladas al Gusto, but really you cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu. Everything is served fresh and piping hot.
Address: 3011 Harlem Ave
CZECH PLAZA RESTAURANT
Czech Plaza has been in operation in Berwyn for an incredible 45 years! A restaurant just doesn't last that long unless they have something really special to offer. This palace of Bohemia features a full bar with a great selection of beers on tap plus all your domestic and imported favorites, and a very comfortable family friendly atmosphere. Our favorite specialty is the Long Island Duck which is roasted to a perfectly crisp golden brown, and the roasted sirloin of beef is also really delicious. Wonderful place to dine with family and friends.
Address: 7016 Cermak Road
MI TIERRA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant is a family owned business, bringing the wonderful tastes of Mexico to the Chicago area. They've got all the classic Mexican favorites, but many specialties that you will not find anywhere else. One of our favorites is Parrillada de Lujo, which is a tabletop grill including shrimp, carne asada, beef short ribs, pork chops, chicken, chorizo, green onions, and cheese, and it's served with refreshing pico de gallo, plus beans and tortillas. It's a wonderful feast!
Address: 7134 Cermak Road
LA NOTTE CAFE
We love the patio deck at La Notte Cafe. There's no better way to enjoy your dinner on a warm summer night. Of course there's also the elegantly decorated main dining room to serve your needs all year long! Our favorites here are the Pappardelle Vodka pasta, which is home made flat square pasta in a creamy marinara sauce made with vodka. So delicious! The Risotta con Funghi, a risotto with mixed wild mushrooms, is also something that you've got to try. Delicious, upscale, and great service. We've got nothing but great things to say about this incredible little cafe.
Address: 6822 Windsor Avenue
THE JAMES JOYCE IRISH PUB
If you've been searching for the most authentic Irish pub in the Berwyn area, look no further. The James Joyce Irish Pub is the one. There are always lots of fun events going on, but the one that we never miss is the Quiz Night challenge that they hold on alternating Tuesdays. They're open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 1am, and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 3am. We recommend the Guinness Flight, which is five 8oz glasses of Guinness... All Irish black and tan, Black Velvet, Half and half, Black and Blue, and Snake Bite.
Address: 7138 Windsor Avenue
CIGARS & STRIPES
You've got to love the Cigars & Stripes slogan... "A strange place for nice people." It's not so strange to us! Great pool table, fantastic outdoor dining area, cozy leather seating in various nooks, and an excellent smoke shoppe. Their featured beers are the Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot and the Sierra Nevada Big Foot 2008. And on tap they've got a nice selection of eleven beers including Allagash White, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, and Gulden Draak (we highly recommend that one). Love this place!
Address: 6715 West Ogden Avenue
HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE
Love live blues? You've got to check out Harlem Avenue Lounge. They've been going strong for more than 17 years, At the time of this writing, they've got greats like Carl Davis, Pistol Pete, Pat Smillie, John Primer, and Mike Wheeler hitting the stage. Every Thursday night they've got Open Mic Blues Jam to support local area musicians. The house band kicks it off for an hour beginning at 8:30pm, and then the floor is open to anyone who wants to play. Definitely a great night to check it out!
Address: 3701 South Harlem Avenue
This is our favorite place in Berwyn to play pool, have some great beers, and of course enjoy their award winning bloody marys. It's located on historic Route 66, and it's always a good time no matter when you go. They've got free wifi for those who can't bear to be disconnected, and DirecTV so you never miss those big games and events. Always great live music! Tiger O'Stylies is highly recommended!
Address: 6300 West Ogden Avenue
OLIVE OR TWIST
Olive or Twist. Get it? The cheeky name stands in contrast to the classy atmosphere... this is probably the most upscale bar you can find in the Berwyn area. We love the Olive or Twist Big Cheese Martini, which is Ketel One vodka chilled and poured over stuffed bleu cheese olives. That's to die for. Also be sure to try the Red Manhattan, which features Red Stag cherry bourbon with sweet and dry vermouth, garnished with a cherry. Dirty martini fans aren't left out of the equation either... they've got a Keystone Dirty Martini that consists of Boyd & Blair potato vodka, olive juice, and a dash of dry vermouth. Fantastic!
Address: 6906 Windsor Avenue