Re: Family Style Restaurants
Date: November 05, 2013 12:10PM
Having worked in Rosemont for quite a few years now, I am familiar with most of the restaurants out here. Yes, it appears that the chain restaurants are taking over here. A longtime favorite was Abruzzi, in the shopping center just west of River Road on Higgins. It was formerly known as the Olympic. Abruzzi closed down about two years ago as there was some problem where they had to tear up the floor of the building. The owner, did reopen, however, taking over the old Mama K's on Lawrence Avenue, and now the restaurant is known as Richie's Place. They have a particularly good Italian sauce. Another favorite, maybe slightly upscale from the "family" designation, is Café Zalute on Devon, west of River Road, across from the casino. Its an Italian themed restaurant, lots of unusual entrees, and the best lobster bisque in the world on Fridays. A long time Rosemont staple, Pancakes Eggcetera, again on Higgins near River, just closed down because the building is coming down. They were offered the old Abruzzi space in the shopping center but it was too expensive for them. Al and Andy's, on Irving Park, is a classic family restaurant, quite reasonable, just east of 25th Avenue, on the north side of the street. I was quite surprised to find that Gibson's, the steak house, is very affordable for lunch and offers a wide selection, tho again not quite a family restaurant. A little bit further away, you have the Elmwood on Belmont, about 7700 west, which is also a classic family restaurant. Going back to Rosemont, I remember there was a wonderful buffet restaurant located on the current site of the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station, but the name escapes me at the moment. I remember it was the first buffet I had ever seen as a child. Just north of Higgins on Mannheim Road, in what is now the abandonded ACE car rental site, there used to be a nice restaurant called Burkley's, which was kind of a bar/restaurant, but served good food. The only other suggestion I can make is to go down Mannheim right under the bridge by Addison St., and visit Al & Joe's, who are famous for their subs. A hidden surprise is that they make some of their own pasta, and the dinner dishes can be quite good, and its a place you could take the whole family.