Dine Like a Seasoned Traveler in Lake County

Sometimes you can’t make that big trip to Europe, that safari excursion in Africa, or that relaxing beach setting in Southeast Asia, Central America and/or the Caribbean Islands.

However with Lake County Restaurant Week rapidly approaching, you can have the next best thing from the comfort of an Illinois eatery.

Lake County Restaurant Week is March 2-11 and features over 40 restaurants for 10 days to savor highlighted by prix-fixe menus and dinner deals for attendees to devour delicious fare around Lake County. 

Who says you can’t stay Lake County local to eat traditional, rustic, ethnic and divine bites like a seasoned traveler abroad.

Here is a list of Lake County Restaurant Week participants that provide international fare (plus a few feature dishes to help you make your decision).

Big Bowl

General Tso's Chicken at Big Bowl

General Tso’s Chicken

Lincolnshire, China/Thailand

Main Dishes

  • General Tso’s Chicken
  • Classic Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Teriyaki Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Tofu Pad Thai
  • Beef & Broccoli
  • Shanghai Beef Asian Tacos

Cafe Pomigliano

Tortellini Carbonara

Tortellini Carbonara at Cafe Pomigliano. Photo Credit: Daily Herald

Libertyville, Italy


  • Bruschetta (tomato, garlic, basil, fresh mozzarella)

Main Dishes:

  • House Lasagna (baked with ricotta and beef, topped with marinara and mozzarella).
  • Tortellini Carbonara (bacon, mushrooms, green peas and cream sauce).
  • Chicken Vesuvio (chicken breast, oregano white whine sauce, sweet peas and roasted potatoes)


  • Grandma’s Tiramisu (hazelnut espresso dipped lady fingers, whipped mascarpone, chocolate sauce)
  • Cannoli (chocolate chip cannoli filling, pistachios, raspberry sauce)

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant

Bistec Ranchero Suizo at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant

Bistec Ranchero Suizo at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant

Fox Lake, Mexico

Main Dishes:

  • Steak Tacos (Carne asada and queso)
  • Bistec Ranchero Suizo
  • Burrito Pica Pica

La Casa De Samuel

Guilotas estilo Guerrero a La Casa de Samuel

Guilotas estilo Guerrero a La Casa de Samuel

Waukegan, Mexico

Main Dishes:

  • Chiles en Nogada
  • Carne Asada
  • Guilotas en Salsa Verde
  • Cabrito Estilo Monterrey

Timothy O’Toole’s and O’Toole’s of Libertyville


Fish & Chips at O'Tooles

Fish & Chips at O’Tooles

Libertyville and Gurnee, Ireland

Irish eats:

  • Fish ‘N’ Chips
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Grilled Polenta
  • Wild Boar Meatloaf
  • Quinoa Bowl

The Shanty

Tequila orange wild salmon at The Shanty

Tequila orange wild salmon at The Shanty

Wadsworth, Greece

Main Dishes:

  • Tequila orange wild salmon (Fresh wild salmon glazed in tequila, orange juice, garlic & brown sugar served with jasmine rice & sauteed vegetables in organic olive oil).
  • Apple brandy braised pork shanks (Six hour braised bone-in pork shanks drizzled with our apple cranberry brandy reduction balsamic drizzled Brussels sprouts).


  • Whiskey shrimp (Four fresh jumbo shrimp flamed in our signature Jack Daniels tarragon cream sauce served with garlic toast points).

Disotto Italian Restaurant

Highwood, Italy

Main Dishes:

  • Pappardelle, Sal’s bolognese, herbs parmesan.
  • Fettuccine con Pollo (fettuccine with chicken, pecorino sauce and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Brazino Della Casa (wild seabass, lemon, brown butter, capers and baby spinach)
  • Chicken Parmesan (breaded chicken, tomato sauce fontina parmesan and fresh basil

Francesca’s Intimo

Pollo Arrosto Alla Romano at Francesca's Intimo

Pollo Arrosto Alla Romano at Francesca’s Intimo

Lake Forest, Italy

Second Course:

  • Ravioli Ai Spinaci
  • Liguine Mare e Monti
  • Salmone Acqua Pazza
  • Pollo Arrosto alla Romano

Salutos Pizza & Pasta

Gurnee, Italy

Main Dishes:

  • Amatriciana Pasta
  • Shrimp Fettuccine Primavera



Cafe Pyrenees

Grilled Atlantic Salmon at Cafe Pyrenes

Grilled Atlantic Salmon at Cafe Pyrenees

Libertyville, France


  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon
  • Mussels
  • Vegetable Risotto
  • Beef Bourguignon

Franco’s Pescheria

Calamari Ripleni Alla Griglia at Franco's Pescheria

Calamari Ripleni Alla Griglia at Franco’s Pescheria

Lake Zurich, Italy

  • Aragosta Martini
  • Tonno Bolognaise Arancini
  • Calamari Ripleni Alla Griglia
  • Spigola Cilena e Asparagi
  • Bucatini Puttanesca
  • Trio di Mini Insalate

Shakou Libertyville

Green Dragon at Shakou Sushi

Green Dragon at Shakou Libertyville

Libertyville, Japan

  • Bul Go Gi
  • Midori
  • Green Dragon
  • Fire Cracker Shrimp


For more fare to dine like a seasoned traveler, continue here. For other Lake County Restaurant Week restaurant options click here.

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