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Lake Forest Restaurants: 9 reviews and 12 photos

English Room: North Shore's Award Winning Restaurant

For a real Sunday treat, select the ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch in the English Room at the Deer Path Inn Granted, because it is so expensive [$35.00 per adult and $17.50 for children 12 and under], we have only gone once or twice.

When you walk into the room, your senses are bombarded with wonderful frangrances such as maple syrup, crisply fried bacon, and other assorted herbs and spices.

The huge buffet table, covered in crisp damask linen, fine china, and elegant silver is a sight to behold. I was especially impressed with the lovely bouquets of fresh flowers. In the background beautiful classical music is playing.

In addition to the fabulous food, you can drink an unlimited amount of fine champagne!


Favorite Dish: They have a great salad section with salads from around the world. My favorite is Tabouleh, but they also have Allan's favorite, Caesar.

They offer a great amount of seafood such as jumbo shrimp, oysters, crab, salmon, lake trout [smoked in-house] and white fish.

Of course I love the fresh fruit which is also so fresh and tastes in-season all the time.

The Carving station has juicy prime rib, baked turkey, roasted Bavarian ham, and Australian lamb loin.

There is a wide variety of cheeses on display, and since I love cheese, it's difficult not to try them all!

Their very talented pastry chef creates delicious fresh pastries such as Tiramisu, mousses, tarts, heavenly European cakes, and small pecan rolls. {YUM]

My very favorite dessert, however, is their juicy fresh strawberries bathed in European Chocolate.

So, splurge and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

Address: 255 EAST ILLINOIS ROAD, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Located Inside the Deer Path Inn

Phone: (847) 234-2280

Price: US$31-40

Rating: 4

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2007
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Located in Deerpath Inn - Lake Forest

Located in Deerpath Inn

White Hart Pub: Pub With Style

If staying at the Deer Path Inn or while just visiting Lake Forest, a good place to enjoy a delicious lunch is in the WHITE HART PUB in the Dee Path Inn.

It's less formal than the other eating areas, but just as delicious. The menu includes Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Pasta, Pizza and Specials.

My favorites are The Greek Salad with Shrimp [$18.00]
For Sandwiches Allan and/or I enjoy
Burger [$12.00]
Ruben [$13.oo]
Steak [15.oo]
Club [$10.00]
The pasta and pizzas range from $10-$18.

Allan's favorite is The Turkey Pot Pie for $10.00.
My favorite is the Steak Quesadillas for $16.00.
Both of us love the Fish and Chips for $12.00.


Even though the prices are a bit steep, the ambience and food quality are worth it.

Address: 255 EAST ILLINOIS ROAD, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2007
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The South Gate Cafe - Lake Forest

The South Gate Cafe

South Gate Cafe: Historic 1901 Building

Housed in the city's first fire department [1901], The South Gate Cafe gleans its name from the street along its northern border. This was Howard Van Doren Shaw's planned entrance or "gateway" to Market Square. This building has been certified as a National Historic Landmark.

When you enter Southgate Cafe, there is a small bar area on the left and to the right is the dining room. Southgate Cafe is the most formal of the Southgate Group dining areas [the others being Bank Lane Bistro and Bank Lane Bakery]. Also, there is an atrium area where you are able to eat. The patio area is really popular in the summer and difficult to "snag" a location.

We found a warm and comfortable atmosphere , as well as romantic, and a very accommodating staff.We also appreciate the unusual entrees and homemade breads, soups, and desserts.

They use top quality ingredients that are creatively presented. Because the patio is shaded, it is a grand place to eat during the summer months for lunch.


Favorite Dish: For lunch I always enjoy the soups and salads, especially the salad with mixed greens, Red Peppers, Macadamia Nuts, and Sesame Vinaigrette. I also like the Mixed Greens with Black Olives, Capers, Tomatoes, Fresh Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Allan loves the Grilled Pekin Duck Breast accompanied by the Mixed Greens, dried cherries, candied walnuts, Fuji Apples, and Champagne Vinaigrette.

One time Allan and I had the Grilled Blackened Catfish Sandwich with Remoulade, shredded romaine, Tomato all on a Focaccia Hoagie Roll. It was delicious.

But, our all-time favorite is the Wood Fired BBQ Pulled Pork with Louisiana Style BBQ Sauce on a Brioche Roll. It comes with Creamy Coleslaw and South Gate Fries.
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Address: 655 Forest Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: more expensive than average

Phone: (847) 234-8800

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Bank Lane Bistro of Lake Forest - Lake Forest

Bank Lane Bistro of Lake Forest

Bank Lane Bistro: Casual French-American Restaurant

In about 1998, the South Gate Group started the Bank Lane Bistro and Bank Lane Bakery. The Bistro has a wood burning oven, and is located on the secon floor above the Bakery. The building that it is housed in has been certified as a National Historic Landmark.

The owner, Larry Ross grew up in Lake Forest and still is actively involved in the running of South Gate Care, The Bank Lane Bakery, as well as The Bank Lane Bistro.

For lunch I enjoy Quiche of the day with a petite Salad or Maine lobster soup with smoked mussels and artichoke.


Favorite Dish: Note: The executive chef is John des Rosiers who attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York.. He says, "We've got the basic components in place, including well-sourced and painstaingly prepared food and, I think, hometown service that's formal where it needs to be..."

I love the menu at the Bank Lane Bistro because of the clever titles given to each course. For instance:

"Swimming" is seafood
"Swim meets Turf" is seafood and ham combined
"Roaming of Flying" includes lamb, and steak or short ribs for roaming
Chicken and duck as flying.


They have a lunch and dinner menu.

Here are my favorites from when I've eaten here:

1. The Best Steak Frites: filet mignon, black peppercorn, ripened "4 time" fries, natural jus
2. Slow Cooked boneless beef short rib, peruvian mandarin orange, organic red inca quinoa, broccoli rabe, spicy lime-maple sauce.
3. 4 Sorbets made from different wine:
Champagne, rose, pinot noir, cabernet
4. Warm dense chocolate cake [carolina pecan mousse, patron cafe sauce]

Address: 670 Bank Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: more expensive than average

Phone: (847)234-8802

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: French

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Bank Lane Bakery, Lake Forest, IL 60045 - Lake Forest

Bank Lane Bakery, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Bank Lane Bakery: Freshly Made Items

Bank Lane Baker is part of the South Gate Complex. It is located on the 1st floor below the Bank Lane Bistro. It features all freshly made items.

There is a cafe menu that features:

A variety of salads and soups in regular, large, "feed the family" sizes.%cc*Sandwiches range from $3.50 to $6.00. You are able to purchase a half or a full sandwich.
Their sandwiches include: Tuna, roast beef, chicken cob, a daily special, and more.

They have specialty items such as: Texicali spicy peanuts, chocolate and caramel sauces, granola, homemade chips.


Favorite Dish: My favorite from Bank Lane Bakery would be the caramel and chocolate sauces and homemade chips

Open:

Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Address: 670 Bank Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: about average

Phone: (847)234-8801

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Bakery

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Steeds of Apollo Over bar at Lovells - Lake Forest

Steeds of Apollo Over bar at Lovells

Lovells of Lake Forest: Celebrity Connection

On the western side of Lake Forest, you will find an outstanding restaurant called Lovells of Lake Forest. The photograph that I used is of the mural called "Steeds of Apollo" [a gift to Captain James A. Lovell from Tom Hanks].It is located over the bar. This beautiful mural is a depiction of the myth of Apollo pulling the sun across the sky.

Captain James A. Lovell, one of the astronauts who was Module Pilot and Navigator for the 6-day journey on Apollo 8 [the moon journey] is a partner to his son, James A. Lovell, III, the executive chef and owner of Lovells of Lake Forest. This restaurant has been open since 1999 and has won many awards

It is located in a French provincial building with a traditional interior, but what makes the interior so special are all the space artifacts from Captain James Lovell, Jr. This is a huge place with a main lobby, bar, main ding room, and upstairs private dining facility [The Odyssey], and the small private dining on the lower level {The Wine Cellar]. There is also another dining room on the lower level called Captain's Quarters with its grill menu, and on Saturday nights they offer live music. It is really a lounge and Martini Bar where fine cigars are sold and smoked.

Lovell's offers Lunch and dinner.

Hours of Service:

Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.


Favorite Dish: There are several choices here at Lovells of Lake Forest. There is the lunch menu, dinner menu, children's menu, and a separate menu for Catain's Quarters.

I can only speak of the dinner menu which I experienced.

Their soups range from $5.00 to $12.00 [which is really Gazpacho with Crab Salad, Poached Shrimp, and Avocado.

They offer Appetizers such as Cured Salmon Lox with Dill Cream & Salmon Caviar, Texas Blue Crab Cakes, Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell plus several other choices.

They offer about 7 different salads that range from $6.00 up to $14! I really enjoyed the Granny Smith Apple Salad with Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Apple Cider Vinaigrette for $7.00.

Their steaks and chops are delicious but quite expensive [$24.95-$36.95].

Lovells offer a wide range of Seafood [Bass, Tuna, Northwest Coast Black Cod, Ruby Red Trout, and Lobster Tails. [or a combo of Lobster Tail and Filet, which was my choice].

Side Dishes include Twice Baked Potato, Souffle Potatoes, Baked Potao, Flageolet Vegetable Stew, Crushed Red Potatoes, French Green Beans.

Their Entrees include:

Shrimp Creole Infused with Spanish Saffron, Jumbalaya Rice & Pico de Gallo
Bouillabaisse with Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops, and Fresh Catch of the Day
Chicken Breast with Tasso and Red Crushed Potatoes, Poblano Cream Sauce
Roasted Duck with Late Harvest Grains & Poached Pear, Poultry Infused Cream (Allan's choice)
Trio of Lamb, Veal, and Filet Medallions with Flageolet Bean Vegetable Stew.


They have a Pastry Selections Menu [desserts]

Allan loved the "Chocolate Muca-Muca Cake with a Warm Chocolate Center..strawberry Sauce with Chocolate Sauce".

I adored the "Warm Pineapple Macadamia Nut Upside Down Cake with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato & Coconut Crusted Bananas"!

Finish the night with one of their wonderful coffee offerings.

Address: 915 South Waukegan Road

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Just North of Route 22 and East of Highway 294 on Waukegan Road

Phone: (847) 234-8013

Price: US$31-40

Rating: 5

Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 9, 2007
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The Latern Restaurant in Lake Forest - Lake Forest

The Latern Restaurant in Lake Forest

The Latern: "Best Burgers In Town"

The sign in the window reads, Best Burgers in Town". The sign does not lie. Established in 1934, this unassuming restaurant called THE LANTERN has served the people of Lake Forest with comfort food.

One late afternoon in August of 2007, my husband Allan and I decided to revisit The Lantern because Allan had a taste for one of their famous hamburgers. It had been years since we had been in the restaurant, and we were both relieved to discover that it had not changed.

It is located on North Western Avenue across the way from the Train station. There is a huge bar where many commuters come [ to "water their whistles"] after a long day's work in Chicago, and an hour ride on the train. The bar was pretty much filled that afternoon. To the left of the bar area is a separate and larger room where most people eat. We, however, stayed in the bar area.

Thank goodness, the famous Choo Choo Train still makes its way around the ceiling. Besides the train, there are old railroad memorabilia and old photographs to peruse.

Our waitress had worked at The Lantern for years, and she was quite efficient, helpful, and genuinely friendly.


Favorite Dish: Allan, of course, ordered his much anticipated hamburger and was not disappointed. With it came slender homemade French fries and a crisp salad. He accompanied this meal with a tall, frosty imported beer.

I was in the mood for one of their delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I also had a crisp salad topped with homemade Blue Cheese Dressing. A tall glass of diet Pepsi just "hit the spot" on that warm afternoon. The Grilled Cheese was perfectly done and was not greasy at all.

The Lantern is also known for their wonderful Friday night fish fries and for their Baby Back Ribs.

Address: 768 Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: less expensive than average

Phone: (847)234-9844

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2007
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Almond Joy Sundae - Lake Forest

Almond Joy Sundae

Sweet's of Lake Forest: Mouthwatering Chocolates and Ice Cream

What a treat it was for me to savor the delicious combination of creamy rich coconut/almond ice cream smothered with decadent hot fudge! It was an unusually warm late September afternoon, and I had not eaten since early morning. I was too busy visiting and photographing the beautiful town of Lake Forest. As I walked down the short street called Bank Lane, I reach the corner at Deer Path Road, and, much to my delight, I could smell the chocolate wafting through the air. There before me was a charming establishment called Sweet's.

It is jam-packed with chocolate candies, edible gift items, and other savory treats. At the far end of this large room is an attractive large counter that displays tempting ice cream. Above the counter is a chalk board covered with all the available ice cream/frozen yogurt desserts. The only trouble I had was making a decision of which dangerously fattening treats I wanted to discover!

The young man behind the counter was so friendly and quite efficient.


Favorite Dish: I finally decided to go overboard and succumb to a double dip of Coconut with almonds ice cream [called Almond Joy] that would be covered with thick hot fudge, mounds of true whipped cream, and then topped off with a handful of nuts. Yum and Yum again!

I literally devoured the whole thing. It had been so long since I had splurged on such a sweet treat that I could not believe anything so decadent.

Photographs:

1. The Almond Joy Double Dip Sundae

2. Candy Counter

3. View of Ice Cream Counter

4. Outside View of SWEET'S

Address: 260 East Deerpath Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: about average

Directions: Corner of Deerpath Road and Bank Lane

Phone: 847-295-1111

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Ice Cream

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Left Bank Restaurant - Lake Forest

Left Bank Restaurant

Left Pank: 45 Years of Service

The Left Bank holds a special place in my heart....when our daughter Jill was growing up, she went to school for a few years at Lake Forest Country Day School which did not have school on Friday afternoons. Thus, Allan would always take her to The Left Bank for lunch. The two of them really loved it there. They were on a first name basis with the owner and always sat in the back and talked to him.

The Left Bank was really the first fast-food restaurant in Lake Forest, but it was nothing like the fast food places we know today. This place has been serving quick lunches to repeat customers for 45 years!

They serve pizza, sandwiches, subs, hot dogs, and cold drinks. It's a real family-oriented restaurant. Many of the customers are the ones who order and then carry out the food to eat elsewhere. No matter whether you eat in or take out, it's a really great place for a quick, delicious meal.


Favorite Dish: The Left Bank is known for its terrific Chili Cheese dogs, but they sell more pizza than any other food. I personally enjoyed the subs that they serve. All the food is fairly priced; there is nothing over $8.00.

I also liked this place because there is no smoking, which is good for a place that seats 25.
They don't take credit cards, but they do take personal checks!.

The Left Bank is open during the summer: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Winter hours: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Saturday all year: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Yes, THE LEFT BANK has been a mainstay in Lake Forest for over 45 years and it is because of the great food, friendly staff, and quaint ambience.

Address: 659 N. Bank Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Comparison: less expensive than average

Phone: (847) 234-4770

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2007
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