Lake Bluff Restaurants

  • Holly's American Bistro
    Holly's American Bistro
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    The Silo: Excellent Pizza in Lake Bluff

    by deecat Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    The Silo has been on the North Shore for almost 40 years. I remember going there to have delicious deep dish Pan Pizza in the late 1960's!

    The Silo seats people on two different levels and has a huge bar on one side. It is very rustic with all the wood inside. It was built in 1968 by Gene Bergmark and Karl Skogland. In 1988 the Pikes and the Tarmans purchased The Silo and remodeled it. At that time, they also added an outside deck and a new bar area. The redid the kitchen area and added much to the menu including Thin Crust Specialty Pizzas. Today just The Pikes own The Silo.

    The Silo has been voted the best Pan Pizza on the North Shore by the likes of The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine.

    Besides Pizzas, The Silo offers Appetizers {Quesadilla is my favorite], Soups & Chili, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Salads, Gourmet Stuffed Potatoes, Pasta, Dinner Entrees, Baked Sandwiches, and Other Sandwiches. But I really enjoy what they call Foldovers. These consist of freshly baked pizza dough topped with melted Wisconsin cheddar and mozzarella cheeses then folded over like a pita and stuffed with fresh Romaine lettuce and Caesar Dressing and your choice of either flame roasted veggies, Beef n' Bacon, or BBQ Chicken.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite from The Silo is still the deep dish Pan Pizza! I love mushrooms, onions and Pepperoni [Pepperoni must be on the top so it gets crunchy]. Allan and I usually split a 14" pan pizza and take home about half of it.

    1. The famous Silo
    2. The restaurant with its famed Silo
    3. Sign on door as you go inside The Silo
    4. Beautiful black wrought-iron design in the fence that surrounds the outdoor eating area

    The Silo is open:
    Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. until Midnight
    Sunday: 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

    When in Lake Bluff go to The Silo where the Chicago Magazine says it's "...a superior version of Chicago Style Pan Pizza".

    The Silo The Silo Restaurant in Lake Bluff Sign on Door of The Silo Wrought Iron Detail Around Outdoor Eating Area
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    Holly's American Bistro: Much Needed in Lake Bluff

    by deecat Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Finally, Lake Bluff has a full-service restaurant right in the middle of history downtown! When we lived in Lake Bluff, we loved everything about the village except the fact that it needed a good extensive restaurant.

    Holly's American Bistro was named for the owner's [who is also the chef] wife.

    Owner, Michael Wales, took on a huge task by opening such a large facility in such a small town. The inside is quite lovely with its simple Prairie-style design. It has beautiful wood accents and cream-colored walls. What is really nice is that in the appropriate weather, you can select to eat outdoors (9 tables).

    There is no parking lot because street parking provides ample space.
    Holly's is open:
    11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

    11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

    11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday

    The serve lunch and dinner, and serve Brunch on Sunday. I noted that the day that I was there, they closed between Lunch and Dinner (about 3:30 until 5:30), but I do not know if that is an everyday practice or not.

    They have a full bar, but smoking is NOT permitted.
    Holly's is able to seat 80 people, and they take American Express, Discover Card, as well as Mastercrd and Visa.

    They advertise Life Music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

    Favorite Dish: Some favorites are Rigatoni with Italian sausage and sage cream, house scallops with lemon-grass infusion, Bigeye tuna with wasabi potatoes, crab cakes with a red pepper remoulade, veal tenderloin with mushroom polenta and cognac cream, baby back ribs, braised lamb shank ....but, for me, I prefer the delicious chicken pot pie, Margherita-style pizza, and NY strip steak. Of all the salads offered, I like the lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing.

    For my small appetite, I prefer the lighter version of the dinner menu which is served at lunch.

    Best of all, all the breads and desserts are made here!

    I just wish that Holly's American Bistro would have been in Lake Bluff when we lived here.

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    Bluffington"s Cafe: All Homemade at

    by deecat Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    I saw the lovely umbrellas outside a nice working building on Scranton Avenue, so I went in to investigate. This was a cafe called Bluffington's Cafe, and it's located in the historic center of Lake Bluff. It's convenient for those people on their way to the train staition. They offer breakfast sandwichs, coffee and lattes.

    Inside, I noticed the attractive surroundings, which appeared to be an English decor.

    They also serve lunch with such things as entree salads and specialty sandwiches.

    Doug Karnazes is the owner, and people highly recommend a salad that was named for the owner's wife. It is called Sunny Salad and it is comprised of romaine lettuce that is topped with bacon, marinated chicken, fresh shredded carrots, tomatoes, and sweet poppyseed dressing.

    My husband was thrilled that they have made-from-scratch chicken, egg, and potato salads. There are about five other club sandwiches also.

    Allan also really liked the ice cream shakes; they also serve smoothies and several ice cream treats.

    Favorite Dish: As with most things in Lake Bluff, parking is not a problem so you can easily find street parking for Bluffington's. It, of course, is a No Smoking restaurant. They do have carry out, and they take credit cards.

    As seen in the photo, they have outdoor seating but only 5 tables. The cafe can accommodate up to 30 people.

    It's so great to have this small cafe for breakfast and lunch, especially since the food is fresh, homemade, and delicious.

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    The Silo: Great pizza in a pan

    by Dabs Written Sep 28, 2004

    This place has been around for a long time, I celebrated my sweet 16 birthday there and that was an awfully long time ago.

    The restaurant has a silo out front and inside it is designed to look like a barn complete with hayloft seating for adults only.

    Favorite Dish: I've never tried anything besides the pan pizza, on our recent trip we got a sausage/pepperoni pizza, the toppings were ample, the crust with just a hint of sweetness. The pizza was ready quite quickly, 20 minutes was the estimate from our server and it seemed like the wait was even shorter.

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