CYOC stands for ‘Create Your Own Cheesecake and Cheesesteak,’ and from this it is obvious what their two specialities are. However, what sets CYOC apart from other cheesecake restaurants is the way they serve their cake. Unconventionally, they serve it by the scoop, allowing you to mix and match and add multiple toppings and candies. This makes CYOC a perfect visit for families, with kids loving this pick and mix approach to dessert. And that is without even mentioning their delicious cheesesteaks, some of the best outside of Philadelphia.
CYOC, 2114 North Green Bay Road, Waukegan, IL, USA, +1 847 406 2962
Open until 3pm every day for breakfast or lunch, Emily’s is a popular destination for those looking to satisfy their breakfast food cravings. As the name suggests, pancakes are their speciality, with their apple pancakes a particular treat, call ahead to avoid waiting for the 30 minutes they take to prepare. However, they also offer versions of all your other favorite breakfast and lunch staples on their extensive menu, and in portions guaranteed to keep you full until a late dinner, or more likely until you see the Emily’s lunch menu.
Although inauspicious and indistinguishable from a thousand other Mediterranean restaurants at first sight, Papa Marco’s Grill and Kabob offers authentic Middle Eastern food that has earned it the number one spot in the hearts of locals. The menu also features a selection of Italian and American dishes, but it is its Mediterranean dishes that are its most popular. All of their dishes, however, are served with the same amount of care from the extremely friendly family staff.
Papa Marco’s, 622 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL, USA, +1 224 656 5809
A small sandwich shop that is a perfect antidote to the myriad of sandwich and sub chain stores that swamp the state. Many have memories of visiting Leno’s in their childhood and teen years, with the shop serving sandwiches since the 1970s. Rest assured those who have not visited since then, with its recent refit it has only gotten better. It can still offer you those winning flavors that you can remember from the past, but with the modern additions that are in demand now.
Leno’s Sandwich Shop, 1826 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL, USA, +1 847 244 7320
Chicago pizza has the international reputation for quality, but Waukegan’s best pizza places can more than live up to this. One such place that can deliver is Mike’s, one of Waukegan’s prime pizza joints. With this quality comes popularity, so book your pizza in advance if you can. Do this, however, and you will be rewarded with some of the tastiest homemade pizza you will ever experience.
Mike’s Pizza House, 322 South Elmwood Avenue, Waukegan, IL, USA, +1 847 623 9533