Family Dining on the North Shore

So, you just moved to the North Shore from Chicago and you think you're going to either starve or go broke! We've all been through it: You've found the fancy places, but you're beginning to have chills and nightmares in fear that you'll never again have a great hamburger or pizza with the family.

Well, we're here to tell you that you CAN enjoy casual, good dining on the North Shore! Don't despair! These are our favorite, fun, family-friendly restaurants in the area (and, in some cases, a bit beyond but worth the drive).
Our Top 3 Nearby Family Favorites
Cap'n Nemo'sGreen Bay, Winnetkaas old Rogers Parkers, we longed for a Nemo's on the North Shore, and now their fantastic subs and soups are here.
Walker BrosGreen Bay, Wilmetteclassic apple pancakes, crowded for weekend breakfasts but a nice alternative at lunch or dinnertime
C. J. Arthurdowntown WilmetteDecent food (to both kids' tastes and grownup tastes), family-friendly, low key. Also has nightly entertainment ranging from karaoke to classic rock.
Las PalmasGlenviewfun, mariachis, good salsa, great Mex seafood
El TipicoDempster, just w. of McCormickinteresting decor, "typical" Mexican dining
Wah MeiW. of 4th and Linden, Wilmetteoutstanding take-out
Hunan ChefNorthfield, east side of Happtake-out,delivery, and a small but never busy dining area
Best places for a burger or sandwich and a beer
Meier's TapLake, just west of Edens and tracks, GlenviewGreat burgers, lean Reuben sandwiches, and addictive tater tots. Tables in the bar area, or a separate dining area in back, if you prefer
Hackney'stwo in Glenview:
- Harms s. of Lake
- Lake e. of Waukegan
A North Shore classic
Seul'sNorthfield, east side of HappEverybody's after-the-game lunch stop
Merle'sEvanstonGrab a roll of paper towels and throw your gnawed ribs in the bucket. Tasty and fun.
Tommy Nevin'sEvanston, across from Holiday Inngreat food (really!) and music on Sunday afternoons
Dave'sEvanstonnew, somewhat-too-polished home for the long-time favorite of many.
The North Shore still needs a good, low-key, neighborhoody Italian place. If there is one, we haven't found it.
Pequod's s. on Gross Pt Rd, right on Dempster, left on Fernald, 2 blocksLegendary, fantastic pan pizza and German beer make drive worthwhile. Excruciatingly informal.
Gulliver'sHoward just east of California in Rogers Parkamazing decorations, great pan pizza, wide menu of other choices
Carmen'sEvanstonGood stuffed pizza, easy walk to Evanston theaters
Akai Hanas. side of Lake, across from Edens PlazaComfortable, attractive restaurant, many choices
Sea Ranchsame strip as Akai the best take-out sushi around Hana
Chuck Wagondowntown Wilmettenearest
Dengeo'sMcCormick & Mainbest
PeriyaliNilesA drive, but it's our pick for the best Greek restaurant in the entire Chicago area; delicious, beautiful.
Pretty Good CafeGreen Bay, Winnetka
Hackney'sHarms Road just south of Lake, in GlenviewBeautiful surroundings on a summer day
Gulliver'sHoward and California, Rogers ParkFabulous decorations, great food
PeriyaliNilesWelcome to Greece!
Ouilmette Depotdowntown Wilmette 
C. J. Arthur'sdowntown WilmetteA few tables on sidewalk
Where the heck have they hidden the franchises?
  • west side of Happ in Northfield, south of Willow
  • north of Hubbard Woods in Winnetka
  • McDonald's
  • Green Bay and Tower, Winnetka
  • downtown Evanston
  • Burger King
  • Waukegan Road, Glenview
  • downtown Evanston

  • What have we missed? Let us know!
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