Do you even remember that last time you’ve been out to eat on date night? Are you tiring from the same-old, same-old restaurant routine? Then it’s probably time to change up your out-to-dinner routine and try something new. But where to go? If this is your first question, here is a list especially for you–date night delights, ten new restaurants to try for date night. We’re sure you’ll find something you like from this list of exceptional eateries.
New Lake County Restaurants:
10 E. Park St., Mundelein | (847) 566-8462
From steak to pork, to chicken to pasta, the menu at Tina G’s will please even the most discriminating appetites. With two types of gnocchi on the menu, this restaurant automatically makes my list of must-try, new restaurants in Lake County.
130 S. Hough St., Barrington | (847) 382-1330
Neotech is a brand-new pizza and wine bar that features Neapolitan-style pizza, antipasto, and a bruschetta bar and a salumi bar. A lengthy list of libations and a great selection of Italian dishes and desserts, including affogato, gelato, and sorbet, will have your mouth watering in no time at all.
129 Center Cut
129 Center St., Grayslake | (847) 986-6872
Dine amid the warm, modern rustic décor at this American steakhouse, which also features seafood, pasta, wood-fired pizza and over 20 beers on tap (and a great wine list, too). Of special note is the 13-oz Argentinian Skirt Steak and the Australian Rack of Lamb, but we would be remiss not to mention the whopping 25-oz bone-in prime rib eye on the menu. Bring your appetite!
315 Waukegan Ave., Highwood | (847) 926-7495
This North Shore neighborhood favorite features creative Latin American cuisine (Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela). The menu features an array of large- and small-plate entrees and a selection of a la carte sides, allowing you to tailor your meal precisely to your own tastes. Don’t miss the Colombian-style flan or the impressive South American wine selection.
1850 2nd St., Highland Park | (847) 780-3300
Who says you have to drive all the way to the city to find a sophisticated steakhouse? Look no further than Beelows NorthShore and skip the pay-to-park and the pesky city traffic. Beelows NorthShore menu proclaims “serious steaks,” “signature crusts,” and offers everything (besides steak) from salads to pasta to seafood and surf ‘n turf. You will also find dedicated gluten-free and vegetarian menus here.
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St., Gurnee | (224) 944-0808
The Chocolate Sanctuary continues to impress us since its inception. With a seasonally-changing menu, you’ll always find something new and interesting here. From classic cocktails with a chocolate twist, to expertly prepared meat and seafood dishes with a hint of cacao, you’ll be delighted from drinks through dessert. Little Lake County recently previewed The Chocolate Sanctuary’s winter menu and found it to be phenomenal.
850 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills | (224) 513-0300
Two standouts at this restaurant, besides the quality, made-from-scratch cooking are the made-to-order, tableside guacamole and the chocolate piñata. You’ll love what the menu offers here, from appetizers to desserts, and everything in between. Uncle Julio’s is also perfect for family dining; see Melissa’s recent review of her experience dining with the children.
Panino’s Seafood House and Bar
5628 Broadway St., Richmond | (815) 678-4000
Enjoy the fresh catch of the day at Panino’s Seafood House and Bar. You decide how it’s prepared, with scrumptious options such as key lime butter, cream dill, brown butter, parmesan-crusted or Cajun-style. The menu features plenty of pasta options, too. And don’t forget to save room for a slice of key lime pie! Little Lake County writer Jessica G. included Panino’s Seafood House and Bar as not-to-be-missed on a day-trip to Richmond.
Is there a new restaurant in your neighborhood that you can’t resist? Tell us about it in the comments section, and we’ll include it on future lists.