Part of the larger Chicago area, Schaumburg, Illinois, started life as a small village in the mid-20th century, before undergoing sudden urban development in the 1980s and 1990s. The result is a thriving town with many local restaurants. Here we profile 10 of the best.
Bisi’s Restaurant is an incredibly popular Schaumburg spot for those who wish to branch out from typical American or European cuisine. Serving traditional Nigerian food, Bisi’s Restaurant stands out for the high-quality and authenticity of its dishes. They are all made according to old family recipes. Highlights from the menu include the spiced jallof rice served with plantain, and the asaro, a sweet yam porridge. The restaurant combines the tastiness of home-cooked food with the presentation and elegance of sophisticated dining – meals are skillfully arranged on the plate before being served in a spacious, contemporary dining area.
Opened in 2012, Brazil Express Churrasco Grill aims to bring the authentic Brazilian steakhouse experience to the diners of Schaumburg. An exciting new form of casual dining, visitors to the Brazil Express Currasco Grill don’t order specific dishes from a menu, but rather place a green card on their table. This signals to servers bearing platters of tasty grilled steaks, chicken, Brazilian sausage and even grilled pineapple to bring their offerings to the table. The restaurant also features an impressively stocked salad and dessert bar. To complement the meal, try a traditional Brazilian cocktail from the bar, made with tropical fruits and sugar cane rum.
Located in a charming building proudly flying the Greek flag, the Greek Village Taverna gives diners a taste of the Mediterranean from the very first moment. The interior is charming, with lush plants, twinkling lights and stone walls creating the impression of eating outdoors on a balmy night in Greece. The menu adds to this authentic experience. Filled with traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, the menu only features homemade recipes made with fresh herbs, spices, and authentic extra-virgin olive oil. Try the gyros or moussaka for something traditional, or the Saganaki cheese doused in brandy and set aflame for a dramatic flair.
A must-visit for aviation and travel enthusiasts, Pilot Pete’s Restaurant and Bar is located inside Schaumburg’s small regional airport, overlooking the active runway. Large panoramic windows provide an unequalled view of planes landing and taking off, while the quirky, fun decor inside features plane parts and memorabilia from all over the globe. The menu continues this around-the-world theme with items as diverse as a pot roast stroganoff, barbecue baby back ribs, Jamaican jerk Cobb salad and baked French onion soup. The eclectic menu, generous portion sizes, and colorful, fun atmosphere makes Pilot Pete’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch date or family evening-out.
With more than 70 items on its extensive menu, Stonewood Ale House promises to have a dish for whatever mood you’re in. There’s everything from hearty steaks and burgers – including the Elvis Burger, smothered with peanut butter and banana slices – to crispy fish tacos and freshly made salads. The traditional ale house also has one of the largest drinks selection in all of Schaumburg. It features a large variety of craft beers both bottled and on tap, as well as an impressive wine list and freshly made margaritas. The combination of delicious food, refreshing drinks and a cozy interior filled with warm wood, mood lighting and authentic stone fireplaces makes Stonewood Ale House a prime spot for relaxation on a weekend night.
It’s no secret that a grilled cheese sandwich is one of the ultimate comfort foods. What then could be more satisfying than a food truck which specializes in grilled cheese, bringing your favorite comfort food to a location near you? Toasty Cheese tours the greater Chicago area, stopping frequently in Schaumburg. With it, it brings a decadent menu filled with gourmet grilled cheeses. While they offer a simple grilled cheese for those wanting a slice of something classic, there is also the Mighty Max with steak, mozzarella, red onion and garlic butter, or the Chef’s Choice with duck bacon, provolone, spinach, arugula and aioli on fresh bread.
Opened in 1993, the Village Tavern and Grill has been providing the citizens of Schaumburg with hearty comfort food for more than 20 years. In that time, the restaurant has perfected its combination of high-quality, inventive dishes and a laid-back, casual environment. The seating area is homey and comfortable with a buzzing pub atmosphere, while the menu offers a variety of traditional pub food, often with a twist. Wildly popular dishes include the Nachorama, an enormous serving of nachos topped with chili, melted cheese, salad, sour cream and guacamole, or the house special chicken fingers served with a secret recipe honey mustard dipping sauce.
The very name of White Chocolate Restaurant and Bar is sumptuous, and luckily the rest of the menu follows. The restaurant specializes in a fine-dining approach to American cuisine, using the highest quality ingredients to create fresh, delectable dishes. Highlights from the menu include their tender, fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs and their award-winning citrus soy salmon marinated and grilled in a delicious marinade of Asian spices. The interior of the restaurant adds to the contemporary, upscale dining experience. Dark wood panelling, dramatic lighting and a feature wall displaying antique-looking barrels create an elegant yet laid back atmosphere.
Wildberry Pancakes and Café is the place to be for egg enthusiasts in Schaumburg. Containing a large and varied menu featuring almost every breakfast recipe imaginable, the cafe caters to all tastes, whether sweet, savory or creative. For those looking for a comforting, classic breakfast option, there are a large variety of eggs Benedict, speciality pancakes and Belgian waffles on offer. Those searching for something more unique can create their own omelette from scratch from a wide range of ingredients. Inside, the cafe has a warm and cozy atmosphere, with plenty of booths and tables to seat the hungry crowds.
As a recent addition to the Schaumburg dining scene, everything about Zeal Restaurant spells sleek and modern. The interior has a contemporary bar aesthetic, with chalkboard walls, industrial lighting and colorful glass bottles attractively displayed at the bar. The futuristic menus are backlit, adding a special touch to the dining experience from the very start. These menus offer an eclectic variety of dishes, focusing on American classics and Italian- and Latin-inspired cuisine, as well as exciting fusions between the three. Try a selection of the tapas as an appetizer: the grilled calamari steak, home ade gnocchi and shrimp cocktail will provide an intercontinental trip for your tastebuds.