De Kalb, Illinois

De Kalb, also known as Barb City, was named after Johann De Kalb who fought and died in the American Revolutionary War. There are approximately forty thousand people who call De Kalb home, and there are also many people who attend Northern Illinois University who call our city home. Beyond being an excellent place to live and work, De Kalb also happens to be one of the best places in the Chicago area to go for drinks and dining with friends. We've spent many nights living it up in the 60115 zip code, and the restaurants and bars below are our top choices for a great time in Barb City!


Hillside Restaurant has been going strong for more than fifty years, and their special seasonal homemade one of a kind food has pleased more than 2,000,000 customers! Yes that's two million! That's incredible. The menu itself is determined by the changing seasons, and you won't find an experience like this anywhere else. They've also got a great box lunch that's an easy pick-up with no work on your part! We love the pesto chicken panini and the veggie wrap on a tomato tortilla! So delicious!

Address: 121 North 2nd Street
Phone: 815.756.4749


Eduardo's is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants because it combines authentic Mexican food (truly authentic!) with a very cool college town atmosphere. They have been going strong since 1982, and there is no question why. We recommend the margarita pitchers! They make the night instantly more fun and they of course go really well with any one of the entrees or appetizers. Such a fun place to go with friends!

Address: 214 East Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.758.2677


The House Cafe of De Kalb is the best of both worlds... a cozy family bistro where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals, and a live entertainment venue where you can see some of the best bands play. The menu is both healthy and delicious, ranging from sandwiches and wraps to soups and salads. Vegetarians will rejoice at the selections here. Great beer selection too!

Address: 263 East Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.787.9547


If you've been trying to find the perfect Irish pub in De Kalb, O'Leary's gets our vote and we recommend that you check it out! It's got that authentic Irish pub atmosphere that instantly lifts your spirits, and all your favorite Irish specialties including a really great corned beef and cabbage! All your favorite beers on tap and then some. And did we mention the excellent service? Enough said!

Address: 260 E Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.748.0000


We're not ranking this list in order, and all the restaurants on this page are excellent, but if we did break it down into a top ten list, Twins Tavern would probably get that top spot. The food is outrageously good and everyone in the area knows it. Try the Pot Roast Sandwich! Everything here is very old fashioned and we love it. The beer selection is extensive and the service is grand. Very highly recommended!

Address: 1028 South 4th Street
Phone: 815.756.9604


Craving some delicious authentic Mexican food? Rosita's Mexican Restaurant is our go-to place in the De Kalb area! Our favorites would have to be the burritos and enchiladas, but there isn't an item on the menu that could possibly steer you wrong. Delicious chips and salsa, and perfectly puckering margaritas! Very friendly waitstaff is just the icing on the cake!

Address: 642 East Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.756.1201


Fushi Yami Hibachi N Sushi is truly irresistible. Every time we visit, they treat us like royalty, welcoming us like family and recommending the very best rolls and hibachi specialties. Watching them prepare the food is half the fun, and of course they've got an excellent sake selection so you can find just the right one to pair with your meal. Wonderful place for special occasions!

Address: 822 West Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.748.8868


Junction Eating Place has an interesting exterior... the sign is instantly recognizable with the railroad theme. We find ourselves visiting this restaurant at least a month to check out their monthly specials. There are weekly soups too which are always served piping hot and delicious! They've got breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stopping in any time of day for a hot meal is always a great experience!

Address: 816 West Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.758.5441


We always love Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar no matter which location we're talking about, but the De Kalb location is a true winner in our book! The friendly service and the fun atmosphere bring us back time after time. Of course those amazing wings with the huge selection of sauces are what sparks the craving to begin with! Great beers on tap and some specialty drinks (try the Buffalo Zoo for more bang for your buck!). Good stuff!

Address: 2466 Sycamore Road
Phone: 815.754.9299


El Burrito Loco has many locations in the Chicago area, but the De Kalb one just may be our favorite. Their fajitas are some of the best we have ever tasted, and we also love their burritos and tacos. The a la carte menu makes it easy to feed a crew on the cheap, and you will also want to check out the desserts while you're there. Highly recommended if you love Mexican food!

Address: 185 West Lincoln Highway
Phone: 815.756.6060

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