The village of Cary is located in McHenry County, Illinois, and at last count it was the happy home of just over fifteen thousand people. Parts of the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day were filmed right here in Cary, and there are lots of great places to visit in town. There are many reasons to travel into the area, but whatever yours are, you will certainly need to know where to drink and dine while you're here. These are our very top choices for lounges and restaurants in the 60013 zip codes!
If you're looking for a fabulous dining experience in Cary, give Kojak's a try. It's not fancy by any means, just a no-pretense place to get some food on the double. The food is really good, but the highlight of the establishment is the friendly service and the "hometown" feel that you get when you're there. It's just tucked away in a shopping center, but it's one of the best kept secrets in town with those excellent gyros and hot dogs. There's plenty of seating so you'll never find yourself waiting for a table. We highly recommend the Italian sausage sandwich! Yum!
Address: 130 Crystal Street
GALATI'S PIZZA & PASTA
The best pizza and pasta in Cary is undoubtedly found at Galati's Pizza & Pasta, hence the name! It's a family friendly establishment, nicely decorated but utterly devoid of pretense, which is a wonderful thing. The best word for it is cozy. The food is very high quality and always delicious, with a very home cooked feel to it. We're big fans of Len's Special pizza which is prepared with garlic oil, spinch, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and tomatoes. That's one of the best pizzas we've ever tasted, and you wouldn't expect to find that in a laid back place like this. Very good restaurant!
Address: 7 Jandus Road
CARY'S FAMILY RESTAURANT
If you're looking for a great family style restaurant where you can gather your loved ones together, bring the kids, and have everybody have a wonderful time and a great meal, then Cary's Family Restaurant is the best bet in town. They've got some fish dishes that are truly outstanding, and a really great chopped steak that we'd recommend to anyone. The breakfast is a big hit with all the locals, and we love it too. There's nothing incredibly unique about this restaurant but that's why we love it so much... it's just a cozy family restaurant just like all the others that you love. Great food, great service, great times.
Address: 350 Northeast Highway
THE CLUB HOUSE OF CARY
The Club House of Cary is a lesser known gem that's tucked away on a golf course, so you won't have to beat the crowds and you'll be treated to a much finer dining experience than you would elsehwere in town. They've got really wonderful dishes ranging from steak to fish to sandwiches, and a wide array of delicious cocktails that are just perfect after a round of golf, or anytime! The service is very old fashioned and attentive which is a big plus for us. One of our very highest recommendations.
Address: 2400 Grove Lane
WOOL STREET GRILL & SPORTS BAR
Looking for someplace new to catch the game? Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar is one of the best places in Cary to do just that. You can relax with your buddies and enjoy some fresh and delicious wings in zesty Buffalo sauce, and we'd also highly recommend the nachos. Everybody who lives nearby claims this as their favorite watering hole, and plenty of people drive in from longer distances just to enjoy the ambiance and friendly service. One of our favorite places in all of Cary!
Address: 800 Feinberg Court
Papa Saverio's is one of our favorite steak and seafood restaurants in Cary, and of course you must already know about their mind blowing pizza! We're not sure if they've won any awards for it, but it not, they certainly should! They've got delicious ribs with a zesty sauce that we love, and they've also got a wide variety of pastas. We love this place for business lunches and friendly dinners with good buddies. Don't forget to try the stuffed pizza too, it's amazing!
Address: 286 Cary Algonquin Road
CHRIS'S COACH HOUSE
Chris's Coach House has always been highly recommended by our friends, so we were happy to finally stop in last week and give it a try. They're known for their ribs, and they really are delicious, with a sweeter sauce than most places which really sets off the natural flavor of the ribs. We've heard that their fish fry is really great, and we can personally vouch for the fact that the prime rib is off the charts when it comes to flavor and quality. Really excellent service, and food that's worth even a long trip!
Address: 6414 Hilly Way
ROSATI'S PIZZA & CATERING
Rosati's pizza recipe originated with their grandfather whose name was Ferdinand, and that original and authentic recipe has continued to keep Rosati's relevant in a world of endless pizza joints! This place is truly a cut above the rest. Delicious piping hot pizza is only the beginning. They've also got amazing salads (which we'd like to note pair really well with any kind of pizza), fresh pasta, tasty sandwiches, and wonderful desserts. You can count on this establishment for great dining in, carryout, delivery, and even catering.
Address: 395 Cary Algonquin Road
Whenever we're heading in our out of Cary on the train, we head over to the Coffee Station with its unforgettable location right across from the Metra train station. You can get a bite to eat here, not just coffee, and we'd highly recommend any one of their delicious sandwiches before or after a long commute. They've got free wi-fi here, which means that you'll be able to get some work done while you're noshing on that delicious food... but really with ambiance like this, we recommend that you simply sit back and soak it up. Work can wait. Coffee Station is one of our favorite spots in all of Cary.
Address: 77 West Main Street
CHINA HOUSE RESTAURANT
China House Restaurant is just a cozy little Chinese restaurant in a strip mall, which means there's no delivery, just dine-in or carryout. The prices are very inexpensive here, and you get a good amount of food for the money that you do spend. We've had them cater our private events more than once and have always been pleased with the results. Excellent service, nice atmosphere, and a surprisingly great dining experience considering the strip mall location! Can't get enough of the great food here!
Address: 648 Northwest Highway