Homewood is one of the larger cities surrounding Chicago, with just about twenty thousand residents at last count. It's been a rapidly growing city for quite some time now thanks to the high quality schools, and in 2007 Forbes named the city as one of the most livable suburbs in the Chicago metro area. These are our favorite dining establishments and lounges in the 60422 and 60430 zip codes.
Aurelio's Pizza locations are always our first choices in the Chicagoland area, and this one in Homewood is no exception. The deep dish pizza is some of the best we have ever tasted, with a deliciously flaky crust, incredible filling with the best sauce and toppings, and that perfect amount of cheese that just sets off all the flavors just right! They use a lot of oregano in the sauce, which we love. Great appetizers too, and very friendly service!
Address: 18162 Harwood Avenue
Bogart's Charhouse is all about great steaks, and since we are too, it's a match made in heaven. We enjoy all all their daily specials, which often include surf and turf types of items and wonderful freshly prepared fish. There's a very cool bar on the premises that is worth visiting in its own right, whether or not you are dining in the restaurant portion of the establishment. The weekends can get a little busy, so arrive early. They only accept reservations for larger groups.
Address: 18225 Dixie Highway
CILANTRO COCINA MEXICANA
Cilantro Cocina Mexicana, which of course means Cilantro Mexican Kitchen, is one of the very best Mexican restaurants we have ever visited in the entire Chicagoland area. Everything is so fresh and unique! The black bean tacos are one of the main reasons that we travel out to Homewood, and they've also got a homemade sangria that will simply drive you wild! The atmosphere is beautiful and the service is outstanding. Very highly recommended!
Address: 18755 Dixie Highway
BALAGIO RISTORANTE AND BANQUETS
Balagio Ristorante and Banquets has recently moved into a new building at 17501 Dixie Highway, and we love the atmosphere here. They've got an incredible menu of the best steaks, chops, and seafood, and it's all served in a wonderful atmosphere by a waitstaff that really cares about your dining experience. We'd recommend any one of the pastas here! They're fantastic!
Address: 17501 Dixie Highway
BLUEBERRY HILL PANCAKE HOUSE
Blueberry Hill Pancake House is a great breakfast stop in Homewood. The pancakes are always fresh and delicious, as are all of their other breakfast items. Many people only know it as a breakfast place, and that is of course their specialty, but overlooking their lunches would be a crime! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but be sure to order the double baked potatoes as a side. They are fantastic and you won't be disappointed!
Address: 2155 183rd Street
Asian Harbor is an upscale modern Asian restaurant in Homewood, complete with a fresh menu of delicious delicacies that will really make your mouth water. This is not a Chinese restaurant, rather one that combines Chinese with Thai and japanese. Surprisingly, even with all those great options and the high quality food, you will not pay an arm and a leg to eat here! It's very affordable. The staff is wonderfully friendly and accommodating too. We just love this place.
Address: 1930 Ridge Road
POP'S FOR BEEF
Pop's for Beef is a great little steakhouse where you can get all your favorites, from fried chicken to burgers, from sandwiches to salads, and of course those amazingly crispy fries and their wonderful spinach pies! We only discovered Pop's for Beef recently, but it's quickly becoming a tradition among our friends! Definitely worth a trip no matter where you're from in the Chicagoland area.
Address: 18328 Governors Highway
LASSEN'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL
Lots of people say that Lassen's Sports Bar & Grill is their favorite bar in Homewood, and it's tough to disagree with that! It really is one of the greatest. They've got a satellite package so you can catch all the big games on their TV sets, a great outdoor beer garden where you can soak up the ambiance along with your alcohol of choice, and the kitchen stays open late to feed those hungry appetites! Gotta love it!
Address: 2131 183rd Street
FIFTH QUARTER TAP
Fifty Quarter Tap is a pretty well kept secret compared to the more popular bars in the area, but it definitely rivals those and then some! It's one of our favorite places to stop in and catch the game, and you can also enjoy some really delicious pizza (much better than the usual bar quality! Wow!) as well as an ice cold beer on tap. Nice selection of beers and liquors here. And did we mention those huge burgers? They are SO good!
Address: 18105 Dixie Highway
TIN CEILING TAVERN
Tin Ceiling Tavern, or "The Tin Ceiling" as it's affectionately known to most of the regulars, is just one of the coolest places in Homewood to kick back with friends and enjoy your ice cold brewski. They really earn their recommendation with their burgers though... they are large, juicy, and deliicous! You can't get a better or cheaper lunch in the area. Friendly service and cool crowds who gather here. An all around great bar experience.
Address: 2012 Ridge Road