The Starboard Way to Dine on Seafood This Restaurant Week

‘Thar she blows.’

In Lake County, we have a nautical appetite. Maybe it’s because many of us fish for sport in over 75 lakes that Lake County has to offer. Or it’s just because seafood is absolutely delicious and nourishing.

There are an array of eateries participating in Lake County Restaurant Week that specialize in fish, shellfish and more. This is an especially good option for those of you that refrain from meat eating during Lent.

In this blog, forget everything you TROUT you REELY knew about everyFINgle Lake County Restaurant Week seafood PLAICE. You have the OP-PERCH-TUNA-ty to ex-SALMON and experience all of the aquatic bites you’ve been HERRING about with this guide of eats from down under (we promise we’re not FISHING for compliments with these SARDINELY excEELent seafood puns).

Don’t look port, because these dining options provide the starboard way to feast on seafood for Lake County Restaurant Week. Only three more days to savor the flavor! Let’s get a little Vitamin Seafood.

Tramontana (Northern) Restaurants

129 Center Cut


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Atlantic Salmon: Grilled, Zucchini, Squash, Dill & Red Pepper Coulis

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129 Center Cut, 129 Center St., Grayslake

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Pan Seared Sockeye Salmon (Red lentils, parsnips purée, roasted fennel, lemon butter)

Light the Lamp Brewery

1 S. Lake St., Grayslake

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Friday Fish Fry through Lent

The Vine Martini & Wine Bar

The Vine Martini & Wine Bar, 101 Center St., Grayslake

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Miso Crab Sandwich (Crab cake, miso glazed, micro green slaw, cucumbers, wasabi avocado sauce, sweet chili sauce on a bao bun served with choice of side)
  • Crab & Gruyere Mac N’ Cheese (Baked crab, gruyere cheese, macaroni pasta, bacon, scallions, asparagus and red bell pepper)

Magnolia Café & Bakery

Magnolia Café at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Fish Tacos (Grilled tilapia mixed with lettuce, pico de Gallo and cheddar cheese with a side of taco sauce. Served with Spanish rice)

Barnwood Restaurant

Barnwood inside Great Wolf Lodge, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Pan-Seared Walleye (Served with chorizo has, lemon brown butter)

The Chocolate Sanctuary


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The Chocolate Sanctuary Restaurant Lounge, 5101 Washington St., Gurnee

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Belgian Endive Caesar Salad (Baby spinach, chocolate spiced nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, fried anchovies and cured egg yolk offered at lunch and dinner)
  • Three-Ounce Cocoa-Nib Crusted Salmon (Orange zest, Israeli cous cous with carrots, Brussel sprouts and cocoa-candied bacon and citrus beurre blanc sauce offered only at dinner)

Stevens’ Steakhouse


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Stevens’ Steakhouse, 401 N. Riverside Dr., Gurnee

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Crab Brie Soup
  • Leslie’s Salmon (Blackened, mango salsa and garlic spinach)

Timothy O’Tooles in Gurnee, Lake Villa and Libertyville

Timothy O’Toole’s, 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Lake Villa, 10 W. Grand Ave., Lake Villa
O’Toole’s of Libertyville, 412 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Fish & Chips

Dover Straits

Dover Straits, 890 E. U.S. Highway 45, Mundelein

Restaurant Favorites:

  • Captain’s Combo (Red lobster tail & sautéed shrimp with mushrooms, sherry wine sauce served with drawn butter)
  • North Australian Lobster Tail (Nine-ounce lobster broiled and served with drawn butter)
  • Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Legs (One pound crab steamed and served with drawn butter)

Karma Pub

Karma Pub inside the Doubletree Mundelein, 510 E. U.S. Route 83, Mundelein

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Fish & Chips (Battered perch with coleslaw, french fries and tartar sauce)

Park Street Craft Kitchen & Bar

Park Street, 14 E. Park St., Mundelein

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Lobster Bisque
  • Voodoo Shrimp Skewers (Bacon wrapped andouille sausage and shrimp with voodoo sauce)
  • Spicy Garlic Shrimp Pasta (Pasta, cherry tomato, asparagus with garlic cream sauce)

The Shanty


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The Shanty, 38985 N. US Highway 41, Wadsworth

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Whiskey Shrimp (Four jumbo shrimp flamed in their signature Jack Daniels tarragon cream sauce served over garlic toast points)
  • Tequila & Orange Salmon (Fresh wild salmon glazed in tequila, orange juice, garlic and brown sugar served with rice pilaf and sautéed vegetables in organic extra virgin olive oil)

Lindy’s Landing


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Lindy’s Landing Restaurant & Marina, 115 Park St., Wauconda

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Seafood Scampi (Shrimp, lobster, clam and linguini)

Ostro (Southern) Restaurants

Chessie’s Restaurant


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Chessie’s Restaurant, 200 Applebee St., Barrington

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Fried Calamari (Hand-dipped in buttermilk batter, lightly fried with marinara dipping sauce)
  • Crab Cake (Served over spring greens with pineapple-papaya sauce)
  • Coconut Shrimp (Breaded jumbo gulf shrimp and apricot dipping sauce)
  • Broccoli Crab Bites (Lightly fried, honey mustard dipping sauce)
  • Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon (Salmon filet, pineapple-papaya salsa and fresh vegetables)
  • Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (Oven baked filet, parmesan bread crumbs, citrus cream sauce with rice pilaf and vegetables)
  • Shrimp Palermo (Sautéed gulf shrimp, ground sausage, herbs and spices over linguine)

Jaxx Bistro

Jaxx Bistro inside the Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Linguini Roberto (Jumbo shrimp simmered with Roma tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic and a touch of white wine; finished with fresh mozzarella and aged Parmigiano cheese)
  • Grilled Salmon (Wild mushroom ravioli, tomato-olive relish and asparagus spears)

Cadwell’s Grille

Cadwell’s Grill inside Embassy Suites Deerfield, 1445 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Grilled Calamari (Marinated squid grilled with toasted ciabatta bread)
  • Tuna Tartare (Wasabi soy sauce, avocado, jalapeno and tortilla chips)
  • Cape Cod Black Sea Bass (Sautéed mushroom red wine sauce, grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes)

The Parkway Grill

The Parkway Grill inside Marriott Suites Deerfield, 2 Parkway North, Deerfield

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Salt & Pepper Calamari (served with sweet chili sauce)
  • Pan Fried Lake Trout (Served with carrot and potato pomme puree, pea tendril, crisp fennel and red cabbage slaw. Also served with a broken caper vinaigrette)

Bluegrass Restaurant

Bluegrass, 1636 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Tilapia Sassafras: Pecan coated flash-fried topped with a wild mushroom sauce rice and green beans

Ruby of Siam

Ruby of Siam, 1849 Second St., Highland Park

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Shrimp Spring Rolls (Three pieces)
  • Ruby Crab Legs (Three-piece)

Franco’s Pescheria

Franco’s Pescheria, 471 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Aragosta Martini (Grilled lobster, citrus salsa and grapefruit vodka)
  • Tonno Bolognaise Arancini (Tuna, marinara and risotto)
  • Calamari Ripieni Alla Griglia (Crab, shrimp, panko, parsley and Calabrian chili sauce)
  • Spigola Cilena e Asparagi con Crema di Salsa di Porro (Chilean sea bass and asparagus with a cream leek sauce)
  • Trio di Mini Insalate (Shrimp roll, lobster roll and smoked salmon artichoke)

Big Bowl

Big Bowl Chinese and Thai, 215 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Teriyaki Shrimp Fried Rice

Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood, 185 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 100, Lincolnshire

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Crab and Corn Bisque (King crab, sweet corn and rich cream)
  • Grilled Shrimp Chimichurri (Served with white rice, zucchini, tomatoes and tomato jam)
  • Blackened Salmon (Sautéed spinach and fingerling potatoes)
  • Bacon Wrapped BBQ Shrimp
  • Crab and Shrimp del Mar

Half Day Brewing Co.

Half Day Brewing Co., 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Chef’s Choice Fish of the Day

Three Embers

Three Embers inside Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire

LCRW Seafood Options:

  • Seared Scallops (Squash puree, coconut lime sauce)



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Wildfire Steaks, Chops and Seafood, 435 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire

LCRW Seafood Option:

  • Shrimp & Crab Bisque
  • Cedar Planked Salmon
  • Herb-Marinated Grilled Mahi

Continue here to learn more about Lake County Restaurant Week. Only three days left! Savor the flavor while there’s still time!

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