My Favorite is the Million Room: A Myriad of Choices at Arlington Race Track
Please click Photo of the Million Room, and Allan is the first person with his back to the camera.
There are so many choices for eating at Arlington International Race Track that it mostly depends on how you are dressed, how much money you wish to spend, or where your seat is located.
The Paddock Pub is an all-American pub that overlooks the paddock area and saddling barn. You can order fresh sandwiches, soup, crab cakes, cold beer, soft drinks. It's located on level 3 on the east side of the facility.
Cobey's Food Court is where the majority of people eat. It's for a quick lunch or a break from the races. It has something for everyone such as hand-tossed salads, hamburgers, french fries, cola, desserts, or Chicago-style hot dogs. It's located on the apron level in the center.
Silk's Lounge is an upscale lounge that serves specialty drinks, hand-carved sandwiches, and excellent service. You can smoke here, even hand rolled cigars. It's located on level 2, on the west side of the facility.
Hearth Grill is a fan favorite which features trackside fare such as gourmet nachos, specialty sausages, grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, and all kinds of drinks. It's located on the apron level on the west side of the facility.
Favorite Dish: The Park is for people who savor outdoor eating with famous hamburgers, corn on the cob, and cold beer and cola. It's family-oriented with pony rides, a petting zoo, specialty meals for kids, and on Fridays, live music.
Note: outside alcohol & glass are not allowed nor is commercially prepared food.
Located outside on the grass by the final turn.
Million Room is my favorite place to eat. You need to make reservations. There is a $5.00 seating charge because you have a seat looking out on the race track, a personal monitor, and excellent surroundings. It's a limited menu, but there is something for everyone such as steak, hamburger, seafood, etc. They also have outstanding desserts.
We ordered a cheese platter the last time we were there. There were three kinds of cheeses, raisen toast, crackers, strawberries, raspberries, & sliced pears. After a couple of hours, we shared a fabulous dessert of chocolate cake, caramel, and raspberry sauces.
There is a dress code. For reservations call 1-847-385-7410.
It's located on level four
Come to "play the ponies" and eat to your heart's content!
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Dunton House Restaurant: Where the locals go to eat
Bill and Nancy run this wonderful eatery in Downtown Arlington Heights. Local people eat here because the food is good, and it is a nice place. There are signs in the window for local events and happenings.
Favorite Dish: Try the Blintzes for $5.55 or have a meal of the Athenian Steak $10.95. Dinners come with dessert, and the rice pudding is a good choice.
La Tasca: Paella y Tapas
Danny and Peter follow the spanish tradition of "tapas", or small portions. Choose from a large selection of small portions and share with your friends. The tables have stacks of small plates to share. Frias, Calientes, Sopas, Ensaladas, Paellas, Postres. Try it all!
Favorite Dish: Canalon frio de atun $6.50, Delicias andaluzas $5.75, Sopa de alubias negras $2.95, Paella Alicantina (por dos) $14.95 Tarta de nueces con caramelo y chocolate $5.50. ummmmm!
Cajun Kitchen: ummm ... ummm
We were going to go to Pappadeaux, where there was a 45 minute wait. This place is across the street, and the parking lot was empty. Mainly because the driveway is hard to find. What a great place!! Homey, with plenty of good food and fun decor. Free samples if your unsure of a side, and real nice folks.
Favorite Dish: I had the porkchop special with dirty rice and Mardi Gras Slaw. Pops had the seafood platter (shrimp,catfish,crawfish) and yams. Try the bananas foster for dessert. All meals come with a biscuit (wonderfly warm and soft). Worth the effort to find your way in!!
Pappadeaux: You'll have to wait
This must be a chain, I ate at Pappadeaux in Houston. Here there was a 45 minute wait, so we left. In Houston, when we did eat, the food was very good, and this is a fun place.
Favorite Dish: If you are unfamiliar with this type of food, good choices are the etouffee, the red beans and rice, or the fried shrimp and oysters. For dessert try the sweet potato pecan pie.
Brew Street Chop House: Don't want to drive?
This is the restaurant inside the Radisson in Arlington Heights. We ate breakfast before catching the shuttle to the track. They feature a breakfast buffet, with omelettes made fresh. The food was first rate, but the service was non-existant, and you will pay hotel prices. Go to Dunton House, it is much better!
Favorite Dish: Breakfast.
Mitsuwa: Asian food court
Mitsuwa Marketplace has a food court located inside with a choice of Chinese dim sum, Korean fast food, Japanese fast food, sushi and a ramen noodle house.
The food is hit and miss, nothing we tried was terrible but a couple of the items were a little bland.
Favorite Dish: Mama House-Korean fast food-we tried a seafood pancake and fried gyozu, the equivalent of the Chinese pot sticker. The pancake was OK but a little bland, the gyozu was good.
Otafuku-Tei-Japanese fast food-we tried a curry dish with a chicken cutlet, the best thing we tried.
Kayaba-Japanese fast food-we tried shrimp tempura over rice, OK but not something I'd get again.
Jockey Express-dim sum-just a banana smoothie with tapioca, yummy
Pastry House Hippo-the potato donut was pretty bad but we had a cupcake that was very tasty and the banana omelet was delicious, consisted of a banana inside the spongy custard cake filled with whipping cream
La Tasca: Spanish tapas
We've eaten at La Tasca twice with friends, the food is very good but it's a long trip for us since we have lots of other Spanish options closer to where we live. But it's a good option should you be out in Arlington Heights at the racetrack or on your way from O'Hare.
Favorite Dish: Tapas are small plates of Spanish dishes so it's a good place to go with a big group so you can try lots of different dishes.
Fuego Mexican Grill: Great Mexican and authentic decor
The restaurant has authentic decor, with stucco walls, themed paintings, posters and music. There are booth tables as well as taller bar tables.
This is only one of two "Fuego" restaurants in the Chicago area. They do not spread their efforts too thin, thereby making these two great quality places.
Favorite Dish: Simply put, there is nothing bad on the menu. The cocktails are great too.
One thing that you simply must have is the guacamole. There is a lady who brings a wheeled cart to your table and makes the guacamole fresh right in front of your table.
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