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 six 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.
Pilot Pete’s Restaurant and Bar
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.
Stonewood Ale House
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.
Village Tavern and Grill
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.
Wildberry Pancakes and Café
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.
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