Located just 17 miles north west of Chicago, Des Plaines is a worthwhile destination in its own right. Its arts scene really comes alive in summer with outdoor concerts series, and its recreational activities include the Park District and large casinos. It also houses the McDonald’s number one store museum, but here are 10 restaurants that blow the fast food chain out of the water.
Real Sicilian and southern Italian food in the heart of Des Plaines. The head chef and owner of Giacomo’s, Giacomo Zita, was born in Sicily and has used his roots to inform the dishes. The interior is casual yet elegant with tablecloths, exposed brick walls and large windows giving it a classic and airy feel. There is also an outdoor patio for dining during the warmer months with views over gardens. All of their pasta is handmade on site, and there are plenty of options of meat, seafood, veal, vegetarian, house specials and create-your-own pasta dishes.
Giacomo’s, 740 North Wolf Road, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, +1 847-390-7330.
Since opening in 2008, Katie’s Kitchen has grown in popularity to become a serious contender in the fight for best breakfast in the area. It has already been awarded the Best French Toast accolade by Chicago Magazine on two occasions. Its menu sets a slightly more continental niche than other breakfast restaurants in the area, with Belgian waffles, cinnamon swirl French toast and crêpes being among the most popular options on the menu. There are also classic egg, oatmeal and skillet dishes and some healthy choices too. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the best seats in the house are near the large fireplace in the winter or on the open air patio during summer.
Katie’s Kitchen, 623 North Wolf Road, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, +1 847-803-3544.