Lombard, Illinois is known as "The Lilac Village," because of the fact that Colonel William Plum's estate was left to the village in 1926, and it included his home along with a large garden with more than two hundred types of lilac bushes. The garden ultimately became a public park and the house itself became the village library. There is a Lilac Festival and parade held each May, and it is known as "Lilac Time in Lombard." Whether you're heading into the area in May for the Lilac Festival, or at some other time just to enjoy the company of your friends who live in the area, these are our favorite places to drink and dine in the 60148 zip code.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
The Capital Grill is best known for its award winning aged beef, and of course that incredible wine list that features more than five thousand bottles. The American Culinary Federation gave them the Achievement of Excellence Award, and that says a lot. We recommend this restaurant for a fine dining experience, particularly for romantic dates. You simply cannot beat the service or the quality of the food. Tip: It's also great for business meetings, with their satellite broadcasting available for private meetings. Los Angeles location coming soon!
Address: 87 Yorktown Center
WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT
Weber Grill has several locations throughout the Chicagoland area, but we love the Lombard location the best. They're known for having the best steaks, barbecue, and burgers, and there is no question about that! Don't miss their new grill fired pizzas, and the wonderful outdoor patio to enjoy in the warmer months.
Address: 2331 Fountain Square Drive
CLAM JUMPER RESTAURANT
If you love steaks, the huge portions at Clam Jumper will blow your mind! There's something here for everybody, including younger kids, and even the vegetarians in your group, and those who have to eat gluten free. There are special limited time menus and seasonal menus, and the menu ranges from seafood to steaks, from sandwiches to desserts. Everything is fresh and delicious!
Address: 92 Yorktown center
Uncle Julio's is fine Mexican cuisine at its best. We love their Plato Gordo, Ensalada Especial, and of course those swirled margaritas! Ceviche Royale is an essential, as is the carne asada. It's true that this one is more of a chain restaurant, with locations across the country. But if you ask us, the Lombard location is the best.
Address: 2360 Fountain Square Drive
GREEK ISLANDS RESTAURANT WEST
There's no reason to actually travel to the Greek islands for an authentic Greek dining experience... you can have that right in your own neck of the woods in Lombard. Greek Island Restaurant West is the counterpart to the familiar downtown location, and they've got all the traditional decor and fabulous Mediterranean delicacies here too. Wonderful saganaki, octopus, and of course those fabulous stuffed grape leaves!
Address: 300 East 22nd Street
Looking for a great pub in the Lombard area? Look no further. Punky's is it. There are always great looking crowds here who love to have a good time, and a staff who takes the time to make sure that everybody is served and happy. Great bar food and drinks, a well-stocked juke box with all the hits, and incredible food specials to help you go light on your wallet and still fill up. Good stuff!
Address: 16 South Park Avenue
ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY
The motto at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is "Serious about our food. Crazy about our beer." And it doesn't get any better than that. Some of the exciting seasonal offerings at the time of this writing are the Shanghai Shrimp, Seafood Salad, New England Lobster Roll, Ponzu Salmon, and Simpy Grilled Regional Fish Selection. The beer is brewed on site, and you can join their Mug Club for all the perks!
Address: 94 Yorktown Center
FAMOUS DAVE'S BAR-B-QUE
Everybody loves Famous Dave's! We often stop in just to pick up some of Famous Dave's barbecue sauce, marinade, or rib rub, but it's tough to do that without sticking around for a full meal! It's so delicious. Best barbecue in the area, hands down. You can't go wrong with anything here--award-winning ribs, sandwiches, fish, burgers, chicken... It's all good.
Address: 206 B Yorktown Center
JT'S PORCH SALOON & EATERY
Going strong since 2002 and showing no signs of slowing down! We love the cozy porch here, and the events always keep it jumping, from karaoke to live bands, and so much more. We love the slabs of barbecue ribs, and the fries and coleslaw here are so good they ought to be illegal. Cute and friendly bartenders, and a great place to catch the game or a UFC fight!
Address: 665 West Roosevelt Road
TAYLOR BREWING CO
Taylor Brewing Company is great for their beers, and they also offer delivery off their carryout menu via Take Out Taxi. We come here mostly for their fabulous burgers, though they've got much more to offer than just that! Our favorites: Poblano Burger with poblano pepper sauce and Chihuahua cheese... Bleu Cheeseburger with fresh bleu cheese... and Brew Pub Burger with bacon, sauteed onions, cheese, and their mouth watering mushroom, onion, and cherry wine sauce. It's to die for.
Address: 717 Butterfield Road