We love Norridge for its cozy neighborhood atmosphere and the great people that live there. Since Norridge borders Chicago, several of the best restaurants in the Norridge area are actually located in the city of Chicago. They're right there in the same neighborhood with the others, just a little to the east. Are you coming to town on one of our party buses? If so, you'll need to plan your drinking and dining! These are our favorite picks for restaurants and bars in the 60634, 60656, and 60706 zip codes and the nearby area.
THREE OLIVES RESTAURANT
The 3 Olives Restaurant is an upscale and sophisticated establishment that's also very comfortable to dine in. They've got a full bar that's very much a part of the restaurant rather than being hidden off to the side somewhere, and live entertainment too. Delicious tortellini, ravioli, and ghocchi!
Address: 8313 West Lawrence Avenue
We love Basilico Ristorante for their fantastic steaks, pastas, seafood, and other Italian specialties. They've been going strong for more than three decades, and if current signs are any indication, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon! We recommend them a night out, for private parties, and special events.
Address: 4701 North Cumberland Avenue
Love German food? Want to dine in an authentic German restaurant with all the touches that make you feel like you've traveled halfway around the world without leaving your neck of the woods in Norridge? Try Edelweiss Restaurant. They've got sixteen imported beers on tap, and we love to stop in for their All You Can Eat Lake Perch Fish Fry every Friday. Fantastic restaurant and bar!
Address: 7650 West Irving Park Road
MARIA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
You'll love the authentic atmosphere at Maria's Mexican Restaurant--especially the murals that adorn the walls! Of course it's really all about the food here, and our favorites are the ceviche, the bolana compuesta, and the milanesa. The pollo en mole is also especially delicious, and if you haven't tried the Pollo Vallarta, that's an essential!
Address: 9440 West Foster Avenue (located in Chicago)
You really haven't lived until you've tried a slice of Dino's perfectly thick crust pizza. They've also got a special party menu, and buffet specials for all occasions. If you get hooked and plan to be a regular customer, join their pizza club for email coupons and contest drawings. Just a friendly neighborhood pizza joint with class!
Address: 7004 West Higgins Avenue (located in Chicago)
JOLLY INN RESTAURANT & BANQUET
Jolly Inn has been pleasing customers since 1989. The cozy seating, the delicious food... There are so many wonderful reasons to stop in for a bite to eat. Of course they've also got a hot buffet with two dozen home cooked dishes, plus a salad and fruit bar, and a sweet table. If you love to have a drink with your meal, you'll enjoy their domestic and imported beers, brandy, whiskey, wine, and mixed drinks.
Address: 6501 West Irving Park Road (located in Chicago)
VINCE'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Vince's has always served the Chicago area the best pizza, pasta, ribs, seafood, beer, wine, and cocktails, and that simply has not changed. We love the Zio Nuccio's (boneless breast sauteed in a sweet champagne sauce) and the Angel Hair Liguria (with sundried tomato, artichoke, asparagus, and chicken breast strips tossed in a creamy basil pesto sauce). Delish!
Address: 4747 North Harlem Avenue (located in Harwood Heights)
BAKER'S SQUARE RESTAURANT & PIES
Baker's Square is of course known for their pies, but did you know that they also have a delicious lunch and dinner menu? Right now they've got a special going on flatbread sandwiches, and we're big fans of the Cuban and the Mediterranean Chicken. If you're a pie fan, the Fresh Strawberry Supreme is the hands-down winner!
Address: 5220 North Harlem Avenue (located in Chicago)
ELI'S CHEESECAKE CO
What The Cheesecake Factory is to Los Angeles, Eli's Cheesecake Company is to Chicago. Take the tour and buy all your favorite types of cheesecake right there. There are so many exotic choices here, but the original cheesecake is still the best!
Address: 6701 West Forest Preserve Avenue (located in Chicago)
CAPONIE'S CAFE & PIZZERIA
Great place to grab an authentic Italian meal! We love the outdoor patio in the summer months. The pizzas and pastas are cooked just perfectly, and they've also got fresh salads and sandwiches that will satisfy even the hungriest appetites. Love the wood-fired pizza!
Address: 3350 North Harlem Avenue (located in Chicago)