Sweeten Your Mood with Lake County Restaurant Rally

Who said that dessert has to be the last eaten? These delectable goodies are so good, we think they should be given a first-place in line. And, we’re voting for more than one on the splurge. Hey, why not? It is dessert.

In Lake County, we have so many spots to enjoy, outdoor spaces, fun hautes to visit for shopping and more, and a some of the best (and sweetest) tastes for the wish list. You can even do a toast to the after-meal soiree with a fruity or light dessert wine.

Check out these top choices and the many other participating restaurants in Lake County Restaurant Rally. Support local with a lift of your fork!

This give-a-lift for your favorite cuisine and local eateries invites you to visit favorite locales, try new and unique foods, dine-in or carryout, share a toast with friends, and of course, spoil your sweet tooth, all to help restaurants successfully get back to full operations. So, skip the guilt and enjoy that well-deserved dessert! Lake County Restaurant Rally runs through this Sunday, March 7.

Have your cake and eat it, too!

In this blog, get ready to sweeten a tooth or two, enjoy a flavorful wine to compliment your lunch or dinner. Eating dessert has been found to even be a mood-booster. So, you really can “have your cake and eat it, too.”


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    • Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (shown)
    • Other options: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, Ice Box Pie, Ultimate Two Bites

Francesca’s Intimo in Lake Forest

  • Gelati (shown)
  • Other options: Blood Orange Crème Brûlée with Caramelized Sugar Crust, Homemade Flourless Chocolate Cake, Delicate Cream Puffs, New York-style Cheesecake and Tiramisu

Glunz Family Wineries (Grayslake)

  • This time, toast for the “sweetness” with a glass of fruity Sangria.

Main Street Social (Libertyville)

  • Brunch is where it’s at with Main Street Social’s Sunday deliciousness
  • Try their oh-so-good homemade doughnuts or their “old school” pop tarts


The Chocolate Sanctuary (Gurnee)

  • Try the sweet and light flavors of the new Rosemary Almond Lemon Olive Oil Cake — a can’t miss!
  • Pair it with a sparkling Moscato, for dining in, or in The Shanty’s retail shop, to go.

The Village Tavern (Long Grove)

  • Enjoy the great food with a long history of pleasing your taste buds (The Village Tavern is the oldest restaurant/tavern in continuous operation in Illinois!)
  • Try the apple pie that’s ready for applause from Long Grove’s own Apple Haus and Long Grove Confectionery

The Shanty in Wadsworth

For more great ways (and tastes!) supporting local restaurants and eateries by a “lift of your fork” during Lake County Restaurant Rally, continue here. Hurry, it ends March 7!

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