Time magazine has consistently rated the Chicago suburb of Naperville as one of the best places to live in the United States of America, citing highly rated schools and low crime rates. Yet while many downtown areas pay for these improvements with their cultural identity, Naperville has retained its own distinctive flavor, boasting thriving museums, art galleries, and over fifty restaurants. This article introduces nine of Naperville’s best dining experiences.
Arguing over how to barbecue could be one of America’s favorite pastimes, with the southern states – specifically Texas – claiming that you’ll never get a better BBQ anywhere else. Gemato’s was not only included in ‘Chicago’s Best BBQ’s’ but draws patrons from all over the country. Established in 1996 by brothers Mario and Tom, Gemato’s offers good old fashioned American BBQ cooked on a wood-burning stove with a Greek twist. They pride themselves on the care they take with their cooking technique, and the carefully maintained quality of the stove, wood, and smoke that goes in to their famous food. Their specialties include riveting ribs and their moist, flavorsome chicken.
Shinto’s Naperville is a Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar which offers the full and immersive experience of dining at a Japanese restaurant. Its decor is simple yet elegant, mirroring the up-market, fashionable ambiance. Sushi is very difficult to get right – fresh fish and excellent preparation are required to make a perfect dish, but Shinto’s is an expert at this. Not only is the sushi and steak prepared in front of you, the latter on a traditional hibachi grill, but you can even learn to prepare sushi yourself – Shinto operates rolling classes for anyone interested. Moreover, the range of cocktails and drinks available match the quality of the fish and steak.