It was practically fate that owner EJ Lenzi would open a steakhouse one day. His late grandfather was none other than Eugene Michelotti, co-founder of Chicago’s oldest steakhouse Gene & Georgetti, and EJ’s Place – a local staple since 1997 – is carrying on the family tradition. Its supper club ambiance and menu full of classic surf ‘n’ turf and Italian dishes have secured EJ’s Place among the North Shore’s top restaurants, and with dishes like prime aged New York strip steak, homemade meat ravioli and fresh Lake Superior whitefish – plus an impressive wine list featuring top Italian and Californian vineyards – it isn’t hard to see why.
EJ’s Place, 10027 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL, USA, +1 847 933 9800
Classic breakfast fare has a modern twist at Alexander’s Breakfast & Lunch – an urban dining inspired establishment opened in downtown Skokie in the summer of 2013. Fresh, seasonal ingredients and global influences come together in creative, made-from-scratch breakfast dishes like the Azteca hash (pulled chicken, tomato chipotle sauce, black bean chili and roasted potatoes topped with eggs, sour cream and avocado) and the Italian omelet with onion, herb-roasted tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella and walnut pesto. Sunday brunch features the likes of peach and almond French toast and chocolate chip bacon waffle. Breakfast is served all day, but more lunchtime-themed fare like sandwiches and salads are also served.