Indie Eats: Deerfield

Indie Eats! An insider’s guide to the best in local, independent dining.

Where to go and what to eat in Lake County is the question everyone wants answered. With so many towns and so many establishments, there are a many choices. To make your dining decisions just a little bit easier, Little Lake County has compiled a ‘sampler platter’ of independently owned, family-friendly restaurants in select Lake County towns as suggestions for your own family dining experience.  We might even toss in a suggestion for a date night, too.  And feel free to recommend additions to our lists–we love reader suggestions.

This week we’re heading to Deerfield!
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We love finding family-friendly places to eat, especially when it’s coupled with exploring locally owned restaurants around Lake County. One of our favorite stops is Deerfield because it’s a sweet little town right on the train line. There have been a few times when we’ve taken the Milwaukee District North line from Prairie Crossing to Deerfield to spend the day playing at the parks, browsing for new books at the bookstore and eating at our favorite local spots.

Where to Eat in Deerfield

tony's subs

Tony’s Subs
1480 Waukegan Road, Deerfield | (847) 680-8900
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If you want to know where the locals go, this is it. While it’s not walking distance from the train station, it’s absolutely worth the short drive north of town. Tony’s uses the freshest ingredients and isn’t afraid to pile the meats and veggies up high. The subs are made with Gonella bread, which is based out of Schaumburg. If that isn’t enough, the hot-air fries are amazing! From Tony’s Subs you’re only a short drive to Jewett Park, a great place for a picnic and play.

il forno

Il Forno
750 Osterman Street, Deerfield | (847) 680-8900
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Looking for a great thin-slice pizza in Deerfield? Head over to Il Forno! Il Forno has great thin crust pizza and is nestled behind the shopping area near Barnes and Noble so don’t miss it!

The Italian Kitchen
648 Deerfield Road, Deerfield | (847) 945-2727
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For more of a family-style, sit-down Italian restaurant, try The Italian Kitchen. It’s a family-owned and family-run business. If you visit for lunch, enjoy the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

kevin's place deerfield

kevin's place deerfield


Kevin’s Place
808 Waukegan Road, Deerfield | (847) 945-4577
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Kevin’s Place has a diner feel with quirky decorations, family photographs and children’s artwork on the walls. This eatery has a great kids’ menu, super fresh fruit and even a no-egg skillet for the vegetarian or vegan in your family. Be sure you have time to enjoy the funky ambiance and great food. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Kevin himself who enjoys visiting with the kids.

Deerfield's Bakery

Deerfield Bakery 
813 Waukegan Road, Deerfield | (847) 945-0068
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What’s a great restaurant list without dessert? I started playing the violin in fourth grade and growing up in Lake Forest, we always went to Deerfield Music for my instrument, replacement strings and sheet music. Every trip to the music store also meant stopping for a treat at Deerfield’s Bakery. From cookies to cake to even gluten-free options, Deerfield Bakery has you covered!

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