Franklin Park, Illinois
Franklin Park is a Chicago suburb located in Cook County, with just about twenty thousand residents at the most recent count. One of the best known restaurants in Franklin Park is Grand Stand Pizza, and many people travel into the area just for that. But we'll tell you more about that in just a moment. If you're visiting Franklin Park you'll need to know all the best watering holes and restaurants in the 60131 and 60132 zip codes, not just Grand Stand Pizza, so here they are!
GRAND STAND PIZZA
Grand Stand Pizza is probably the most popular spot in all of Franklin Park! It's been featured on the news many times, has won many awards, and most of all everybody just loves it here. The pizza and all the other items are absolutely fantastic, and the staff is what really makes it a great experience because they are so caring and attentive. We'd recommend the thin crust pizza. Their delivery is great, and their catering is even better. You'll definitely want to consider them for your next party!
Address: 9718 West Grand Avenue
SNEAKER'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL
Sneaker's Sports Bar & Grill is a fun place to go to catch the game on TV while you enjoy some really good drinks. They've also got a great outdoor beer garden if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and just enjoy the night under the stars. Even though the food is fantastic, the prices are unbelievably low, so you can really have a great night on the cheap. Great ambiance and really fun crowds!
Address: 9721 Grand Avenue
Culver's has to get a recommendation here, because it's one of those low key places where you can stop in any time of day for a great sandwich and some ice cold treats. We're big fans of their concrete shakes, and any one of their sundaes is a big hit too. The butter burgers are an essential, period. And the salads are often overlooked, so if you can appreciate something fresh and tasty, you'll want to check those out. Great location and a fun place to stop any time!
Address: 2751 Rose Street
Pescatore Palace is one of the more romantic restaurants in the Franklin Park area, and it's kind of our go-to spot when we've really got someone who we want to impress. It's been open since 1977, and any restaurant that has been open for that long has to be good. The portions are enormous and the food is just so good. Really authentic Italian fare just like your grandma used to make. Very highly recommended!
Address: 3400 River Road
Gianni's Ristorante and Pizzeria is one of your best bets for an awesome pizza and other Italian specialties in the Franklin Park area. They've got different specials every night of the week, so it's easy to try something new and save a few bucks at the same time. The staff is superbly friendly, always tending to your needs quickly and putting in extra effort to really make you feel at home. Their lunch buffet is an awesome choice for the work day crowd too!
Address: 9655 Grand Avenue
MIKE O'DONNELL'S IRISH PUB
If you're looking for a comfortable pub where you'll find plenty to do in between drinks, Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub is your spot in Franklin Park. They've got darts and billiards, a great jukebox, and even karaoke on some nights so you can show off that star power. They've got hand made pizza that we'd highly recommend to you, and all their other specialties are certainly worth trying too.
Address: 9573 Franklin Avenue
UNDERPASS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Underpass Restaurant & Lounge is a cool spot where you can both enjoy a really great dinner and drinks, and also catch the game on one of their many televisions. The beer is ice cold, and there are lots of great selections on tap and in bottles. The staff is incredibly friendly. We really love the wings here, and any other chicken dish is highly recommended too, particularly the chicken salad! So good! When they've got their fifty cent wing specials you can really go wild! It can be a little small and crowded, so we tend to prefer the weeknights here!
Address: 9400 Grand Avenue
On a page with this many great bars and late night hangouts, we've got to include Denny's on our list of great after-bar restaurants to hit. Their great 24 hour service and all-day breakfast means that you can nurse that hangover before it even happens. (Tip: An OJ and a coffee will help!) Everything's always delicious here, and of course they're very consistent so you don't get any of those unpleasant surprises like you do at other less reliable late night restaurants! Gotta love Denny's!
Address: 2447 Mannheim Road
WEST END TAP
We love hanging out at West End Tap because not only do they have some of the best, strongest, and cheapest drinks in all of Franklin Park, but they also have lots to do in between drinks, including shuffleboard, pool tables, and darts! The staff is very friendly here and so are all the regulars, so even if you come in alone just to have a drink, you'll have plenty of people to make conversation with. Gotta love West End Tap. Always a good time.
Address: 9743 Franklin Avenue
WALRUS & THE CARPENTER
The Walrus & The Carpenter is one of those cool little neighborhood bars in Franklin Park where you can kick back with your friends and enjoy some good stiff drinks along with the game on Tv. The regulars and the staff are both very friendly here, and the atmosphere is just so laid back and cool. They've got a nice list of beers available on tap and a lot of great liquors for your mixed drinks and shots too. Love it!
Address: 9400 Grand Avenue