VLC Staff Picks Their Top 3 Cuisines for Lake County Restaurant Rally

Welcome to Lake County Restaurant Rally’s second installment: Feed the Economy running now through March 7. The VLC staff “rallied” together to list some of their top 3 cuisines.

Restaurants are an integral part of our community, and with the effects of the public health crisis, Visit Lake County strives to assist these world-class cuisine makers.

From American restaurants to international eats, from pizza pies to a flank of steak, to nautical bites to spectacular desserts, the Lake County Restaurant Rally will feature cuisines fitting for anyone’s palate.

Without further adieu, here are your staff’s pick top 3 cuisines during Lake County Restaurant Rally.

President Maureen Riedy


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  • Slyce Coal Fired Pizza in Wauconda, Highwood and Vernon Hills: Blanca Pizza with Evoo, Arugula, Imported Prosciutto, Garlic and Cheese. INFO»
  • Beelow’s Steakhouse in Lake Zurich: Asian Chicken Salad. INFO»
  • Bontá Pizzeria and Restaurant: Bontá Salad with Mixed Greens, Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Peppers and your choice of Grilled Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon. INFO»

Senior Account Executive Kimberly Ghys


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  • Salutos of Gurnee: The House Salad with Baked Mostaccioli for the Entree. INFO»
  • Shakou Libertyville: Spicy Tuna Maki. INFO»
  • O’Toole’s of Libertyville, Gurnee and Lake Villa: Michigan Avenue Salad with Grilled Chicken. INFO»

Content Manager Jonathan Jones


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  • Village Tavern in Long Grove: Broasted Chicken & Tavern Bread. INFO»
  • La Casa De Samuel in Waukegan: Carne Asada Tacos with Onions and Cilantro; (sides) Rice, Beans and Pico de Gallo. INFO»
  • Maggiano’ls Little Italy Hawthorn in Vernon Hills: Taylor Street Baked Ziti: Pomodoro Sauce and Italian Cheese Blend. INFO»

Account Executive Teresa Lewis


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  • Mambo Italiano in Mundelein: Gluten-free Chicken Alfredo. INFO»
  • Primo Italian American Cuisine in Gurnee: Burrata & Roast Beet Salad: Red and Golden Roasted Beets, Arugula, Pomegranate Seeds, Burrata Cheese, Local Honey and Coarse Sea Salt and Fig Jam. INFO»
  • Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee: Creme Brulee INFO»

Business & Community Development Manager John Maguire

  • Light the Lamp in Grayslake: Lake Street Taco Flatbread INFO»
  • Park Street Craft Kitchen and Bar in Mundelein: Bistec A La Huancaina – Marinated Skirt Steak with Linguine INFO»
  • Miramar Bistro in Highwood: Roasted Salmon with Mushrooms and Horse Radish Sauce INFO»

Group Tours & Partnership Manager Jayne Nordstrom

  • Wildfire Steaks in Lincolnshire: Macadamia Encrusted Halibut INFO»
  • Chessie’s Restaurant in Barrington: Strawberry Salmon Salad INFO»
  • The Vine Martini & Wine Bar in Grayslake: Spinach Artichoke Dip and Salmon Piccata INFO»

Marketing Manager Mary Priller

  • The Lodge of Antioch: The Soprano Pizza: Garlic Crust loaded with Mozzarella Cheese Piled Thick with Chicago Style Italian Beef With Giardniera or Garlic-Roasted Sweet Peppers INFO»
  • Main Street Social in Libertyville: Berkshire Meatball 16-house Pomodoro, Bellweather Ricotta, Basil and Grilled Ciabatta INFO»
  • El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake: Shrimp Fajitas INFO»

Marketing Intern Kelli Smith

  • Bill’s Pizza and Pub in Mundelein. Throwing hundreds of peanut shells on the floor is my favorite pastime from ages 8-12. I’d choose the Margarita thin crust pizza currently, but my go-to was strictly cheese until about age 14. INFO»
  • Wildberry Pancakes in Libertyville – best breakfast place of all time. I always get the butcher block skillet with a side of cinnamon roll pancakes. INFO»
  • The Shanty in Wadsworth – went for my 21st birthday. I would get a mango martini and filet mignon being the entree of choice. INFO»

For more information about Lake County Restaurant Rally, continue here. For dining options beyond VLC’s top 3 cuisines, click here.


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