Orland Park, Illinois
Orland Park is located in Cook County, and with a burgeoning population of over 50,000, there are plenty of great place to visit, shop, drink, and dine in the 60462 and 60467 zip codes. Money Magazine ranked Orland Park the 45th Best Place to Live in America in 2006, and there's no question why if you take a look at their exquisite nature trails, wildlife areas, sports venues, parks, malls, and more. If you're heading into the area by party bus, here are a few of our best recommendations for a great dinner or perfectly mixed drinks in the area.
COOPER'S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT
If you've been wanting to go to a wine tasting, your best bet is Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant. We recommend going for the wine tasting first, and then finishing that off with a delicious dinner in their dining room. The Mexican Drunken Shrimp is a perfect choice!
Address: 15690 South Harlem Avenue
BUCA DI BEPPO
Buca di Beppo is by far the best Italian restaurant we have ever dined in. It's tough because we tend to prefer family owned restaurants as opposed to chain restaurants, but this is one of the larger chains that really gets it right. It's very authentic, with huge portions, and very talented cooks. All of the pastas are highly recommended, and the seafood specialties are too incredible to believe!
Address: 15350 South 94th Avenue
P F CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO
P F Chang's China Bistro is becoming more and more well known, and as they do, their quality and attention to detail becomes more and more important! Each dish is carefully put together and served with the elegant style that only PF Chang's can deliver. We recommend the green tea noodles (order the large portion!) and the ahi tuna. Fabulous!
Address: 14135 South La Grange Road
TAJ MAHAL INDIAN RESTAURANT
It's tough to find Indian and Pakistani cuisine, but the Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant in Orland Park definitely delivers that and more. They've got something for the vegetarians and something for the meat lovers, and everybody in between. It's fully family owned and operated, so you know that what you're getting is world class service and the best prepared food in the are. Best choices? Fish Tikka and Tandoori Mix Grill.
Address: 14812 South La Grange Road
PAPA JOE'S RESTAURANT
Yet another Italian restaurant makes the list. This one is known for its subdued charm and class. We love the shuttered windows and white tablecloths. They ranked highly in the Daily Southtown and Star newspapers from 1998 through 2003 in categories like Best Italian Cuisine, Favorite Restaurant, and Best Catering, and they are still going strong today. We recommend any one of the seafood or pasta dishes. Truly delicious!
Address: 14459 South La Grange Road
SAM MAGUIRE'S TRADITIONAL IRISH PUB
Seeking that authentic Irish pub vibe in the Orland Park area? Clearly Sam Maguire's Traditional Irish Pub is calling your name. They've got all the traditional Irish fare that you love, plus all your favorite domestic and imported beers on tap. Friendly service too, and great crowds!
Address: 39 Orland Square Drive
HARRISON'S RESTAURANT BREWERY
Looking for a great microbrewery that offers more than just sandwiches and bar food? Harrison's is a cut above the rest. How about seared goat cheese and portabello mushroom salad? Or a filet mignon? There's no reason to settle for burgers and fries with those microbrews, though they've got those too! As far as the beers go, try the Black Diamond Stout, or the Raspberry Wheat if you prefer something a little sweeter.
Address: 15845 South La Grange Road
FOX'S ORLAND PARK RESTAURANT & PUB
There's always a lot of great entertainment going on at Fox's Orland Park Restaurant and Pub. At the time of this writing they've got Irish dancing, a guitarist playing a full Irish repertoire, and a face painter and balloonist to entertain the kids. As far as food goes, there are plenty of specials, pizzas, dinners, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, and appetizers! We recommend the Chicken Asparagus Bruschetta!
Address: 9655 West 143rd Street
GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY
Having been to Granite City many times, our favorite thing about the restaurant is the Growler. It's a take-home 2-liter brew that you can get refilled for just six bucks every Tuesday and Thursday! And our second favorite thing? The Saturday Brunch Buffet from nine to noon. Great atmosphere, incredible food, and a very friendly staff. We really can't say enough about how wonderful this place is for dining and drinks.
Address: 14035 South La Grange Road
KOPPERMILL BAR & GRILL
It's easy to miss this one since it's in the midst of strip mall type locations, but though it's casual, it still feels upscale. We go there for the sandwiches and end up staying for the beer! The grilled steaks are cooked to perfection. Highly recommended! Don't miss this one.
Address: 11265 West 159th Street