A downtown Palatine dining favorite, Artistic Cuisine offers an eclectic menu blending Argentinian and Italian cuisine alongside a list of carefully selected wines with a distinct South American bent. Its lunchtime menu features plenty of gourmet pizzas and sandwiches, while Artistic Cuisine’s artfully plated dinner options include the likes of homemade gnocchi with roasted tomato sauce and Argentinian-style steak with chimichurri, roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials like grilled Atlantic salmon with avocado relish and beef bourguignon, and stick around for a dessert of traditional Argentinian dessert of flan con dulce de leche.
Artistic Cuisine, 16 South Bothwell Street, Palatine, IL, USA, +1 847 934 0400
It’s been hailed by diners as the best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats in the Chicago suburbs, and if classic Greek dishes and meaty kebabs are your idea of dining heaven, then Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill is the place to go. Take a seat in its airy, modern dining room and chow down on authentic appetizers like babha ghanouj and falafel, and hearty entrees such as chicken tawook (grilled chicken marinated in Mediterranean spices and served with grilled tomato and onion) or mnazeleh (tender cuts of beef sautéed with tomato and onion and served on a bed of eggplant). Only two desserts are served, baklava and qatayef, but they’re as deliciously authentic as any other Pita Pita dish.
For the tastiest wings in the northwest suburbs, look no further than Gators Wing Shack. Put frankly, its wings are legendary; not only are 14 different varieties cooked up, they’ve also scooped up multiple titles at the annual Chicago’s Best WingFest, including the Best of Fest award four times. While its award-winning wings are a definite must-try, Gators serves plenty of other casual, tasty fare, too. Choose from eats like homemade pizzas, Angus beef burgers, baby back ribs, and a range of south of the border style dishes, and wash it all down with a brew from Gators’ monthly craft beer selection.
Gators Wing Shack, 1719 North Rand Road, Palatine, IL, USA, +1 847 705 0555