UnmiSTEAKable Cuts During Lake County Restaurant Rally

The stakes are unmistakably high in the land of lakes. Feed the economy and feed your belly with unmiSTEAKable cuts during Lake County Restaurant Rally through March 7.

it’s not hard to find a great steakhouse in Lake County.

Longtime actor Robert Duvall known for such flicks as the Godfather series, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘The Apostle,’ says it correctly, “I take a vitamin every day; it’s called steak.”

No matter what your fancy is: T-Bone, ribeye, filet mignon, sirloin or some other mouthwatering cut, Lake County steakhouses will fulfill your beefy needs.

Let’s FLANK to a Lake County Restaurant Rally eatery this week and beyond, rest our TENDERLOINS in one of these fine steakhouses, and eat like we’re CLUB members. Remember to FLAT IRON your khakis and SKIRTS before entering. (Are any of these steak puns working for you?).

Beelow’s Steakhouse in Lake Zurich

This Lake Zurich fine dining venue features locally raised cuts of beef and pork from the family’s prized stock. Their menu also features slow-roasted prime rib, fresh seafood and locally-sourced produce. The delectable steakhouse is offering indoor dining, alfresco-style meals as well as curbside takeout and delivery.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Deer Park

This casual Italian Restaurant offers an extensive selection of homemade and imported steaks pastas, soups, salads, seafood and more. It a must-do to visit the eatery and feel a sense of serenity after polishing of their filet mignon.

Bluegrass Restaurant in Highland Park

A lifer in the restaurant business Jim Lederer has spent over 30 years in the restaurant business. Lederer went out on his own later in his career and created a concept for the American southern cuisine eatery, Bluegrass Restaurant. Located on the west end of Highland Park, Bluegrass is a true dining destination. Blending Southern hospitality eats, this American restaurant and bar feature plates of seafood, salads, barbecue meats, an array of delicious libations and more.

Chessie’s Restaurant in Barrington

Chessie’s was constructed near Barrington’s former train station and features dining in (when they are available to do so again) in a vintage Illinois Central railroad dining car. The menu ranges from appetizers to salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh fish and USDA-choice steaks.

The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee

t’s like living in cocoa heaven. The Chocolate Sanctuary makes most of their dishes with the magical cocoa bean. Whether you are munching on their cocoa infused barbecue sauce on their lollipop chicken pops, snacking on beef satay skewers with cocoa peanut chili sauce, chomping on the sanctuary’s chopped salad with chocolate vinaigrette or chewing on a chocolate dessert, expect big things with everyone’s favorite sweet treat somehow infused. 

Dover Straits Seafood House in Mundelein

This Mundelein seafood staple and one of the land of lake’s eldest nautical fare establishments. Famous extensive menu of seafood flown in daily, Dover Straits also offers premium steaks, pasta dishes and other excellent selections for the most discerning diner.

Jameson’s Charhouse in Vernon Hills

Quality, value and excellent service just scratch the surface of this Vernon Hills steakhouse. Jameson’s Charhouse is the premier local steakhouse located a block from Hawthorn Mall. has featured perfectly grilled steaks, chops and fresh fish, along with extensive menu selections that are carefully designed with delectable choices for everyone. Whether you have a taste for a cooked to order Black Angus New York Strip Steak, a juicy Jameson’s Burger, a crisp and refreshing Grilled Salmon Salad or delicious Greek Style Halibut, Jameson’s Charhouse will proudly serve it to you and make sure you have the most favorable dining experience!

Jimmy’s Charhouse in Libertyville

The Libertyville restaurant provides steaks and chops that are custom cut in-house to ensure quality. Donned as the home of the most delicious steaks and chops prepared and served fresh, also is a whiz with seafood, rotisserie chicken, salads and other mouthwatering eats.

Main Street Social in Libertyville

Independently-owned and operated Main Street Social opened in 2017. The restaurant, located in downtown Libertyville is a restaurant and bar that puts a twist on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Besides mouthwatering steak, the menu features housemade portions of pasta, fresh seafood, bountiful salads, meat and cheese boards, delectable desserts and more. Besides the innovative dishes made from scratch, the MainStreet Libertyville eatery provides fine wines and craft libations.

Miramar Bistro in Highwood

The rustic Highwood staple is a combination of traditional French bistro and Cuban cuisine. The family-owned eatery named after a Havana, Cuba suburb provides a delectable menu and delightful experience. The menu features divine steaks, appetizers, pasta, seafood (known for their oysters) burgers and more. Miramar is open for indoor, alfresco and carry out dining.

Park Street Craft Kitchen and Bar in Mundelein

The Mundelein kitchen and bar recently changed hands in ownership: Nora and Paul Arroyo as they purchased the eatery in November 2017. The menu is updated seasonally and evolves the new culinary experience for guests on each visit. The South American-style menu features soups, salads, a slew of unique entrees and housemade desserts. The downtown Mundelein establishment offers fresh takes on vintage Peruvian plates.

Primo Italian American Cuisine in Gurnee

Primo Italian American Cuisine is Lake County’s dining hot spot with five-star ratings across the board. The Gurnee establishment’s menu includes salads and sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steaks and much more. The Gurnee establishment boasts an array of Daily Herald Reader’s Choice Awards. The jam-packed menu is complemented by a wine list of 100+ flavors.

Scotty’s on 21 in Vernon Hills and Scotty’s on Sheridan in Highwood

With one location in Vernon Hills on Milwaukee Avenue and one the other located across from historic Fort Sheridan, Scotty’s on 21 and Scotty’s on Sheridan is a favorite neighborhood dining spot offering something delicious for everyone — from timeless comfort food to new American classics. The American cuisine eatery’s menu also features salads, thin-crust pizza, seafood, a gluten-free menu, burgers, soups and other delectable fare.

The Shanty in Wadsworth

The Shanty has been featured on two Food Network shows, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” featuring Guy Fieri and “Triple D Nation.” The Wadsworth restaurant just recently expanded by quadrupling the size of its facility. The Lake County Restaurant Week participant is highlighted by their whiskey shrimp, tequila and orange grilled salmon, premium hand-cut aged steaks, organic goat cheese wontons and an array of other delectable dishes. Visit the eatery during restaurant week in late February/early March or any day of the week to pamper your taste buds. Take a walk in the past with restaurateur and owner Dimitri Kallianis. His family also owns Captain Porky’s.

The Village Tavern in Long Grove

As the oldest restaurant/drinking holes in the state of Illinois (and probably in the top 10 oldest in the US), The Village Tavern has been in continuous operation since 1849. This family-owned restaurant, in a classic roadhouse fashion, has been a favorite watering hole in Lake County for generations. A spacious dining room and antique bar area preserve the establishment’s rustic authenticity. The 19th-century eatery is known for their great steaks, half-pound Angus beef hamburgers, hearty sandwiches, broasted chicken s and fish fry. You have to try their prime rib as well on Saturday nights.

Wildfire Steak, Chops & Seafood in Lincolnshire


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Your destination for steaks, chops and seafood, along with a variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. The Lincolnshire steakhouse offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. These filet mignon wellingtons seen in the gram above will have taste buds in a frenzy. The steak entree is paired with mushroom stuffing, sugar snap peas and gratin potatoes.The modern-day 1940s dinner club is inviting foodies back into their dining room with limited indoor dining as well as carryout and delivery services. Each table has a four-person max.

Zin Gastropub in Lake Zurich


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A unique, hip and relaxed urban upscale GastroPub in Lake Zurich. The mission of this eatery is to support local farms, distillers and beer makers with their farm-to-table cuisine. Its menu is highlighted by steaks boards, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Eighty percent of their fare is locally sourced and brought fresh on a consistent basis.

For more information about unmiSTEAKBLE cuts in the land of lakes, continue here. To learn more about the Lake County Restaurant Rally, click here.

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