Saint Charles Restaurants

  • Salerno's terrace
    Salerno's terrace
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  • Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse
    Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse
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    Manor Restaurant and Pancake House: Pancakes with a view

    by Leniwy Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A longtime favorite of the Sunday after-church "brunch bunch," the seating along these windows offers a nice view of the Fox River.

    Favorite Dish: A good 'coffee shop'-style restaurant (American coffee, that is: 'Regular' and 'Unleaded' - er, 'De-Caf' ;-) where locals would be likely to take visiting 'company.'

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    Filling Station Pub & Grill: Fill 'er up!

    by Leniwy Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Filling Station

    This casual lunch and dinner spot features a unique decor of walls covered with old license plates and motoring memorabilia. This unique ambiance makes it a popular place for local businesspeople to bring visiting colleagues from out-of-town for lunch.
    Conversely, they tend to draw a "YOUNG young crowd" (as my neighbors' granddaughter put it - she's in her mid-20's and says that when she and her friends go there, even they feel 'old' ;-). They may be trying to address this, though, by playing music frm the 60's & 70's during lunchtime.
    It features outdoor seating in the streetside courtyard, occasional live entertainment, those NTN Trivia game boxes, and (according to the city's online Visitors' Guide), an "extensive beer selection" (I knew that'd get you VT-ers' attention ;-)

    Favorite Dish: The Chicken Fajita Platter - served in 'do-it-yourself' form - a generous plate of ingredients, and a stack of tortillas.
    The last time I had lunch there, a businessman (sitting at the bar) began talking about the names and emblems of the now-gone petrolium companies. Some fascinating history now relegated to providing colorful adornment on the shelves and walls.

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    Pub 222: Irishmen available...

    by Leniwy Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Pub 222

    Irish-American atmosphere, with a courtyard in back for outdoor dining. The front windows have tables up-close, making for some amusing bi-directional 'people-watching' between patrons and passers-by. During lunchtime on St. Patrick's Day. they had a (live) 'bag-piper' strolling around the dining tables - at one point, some excitable "dufus" was even pointing his cell phone at him, doing a remote transmission... One of those moments like we all have when we wish we'd brought the camera along :(

    Favorite Dish: Their menu features traditional Irish dishes (such as beef stew) as daily lunch specials.
    For a light lunch, I enjoyed their "Reuben" sandwich, served 'California-style' (side order of cole slaw instead of chips).

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    Salerno's On The Fox: Nice terrace by the Fox River

    by monica71 Written Mar 24, 2008

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    This is another restaurant close to the Fox River with a nice terrace and view. I usually go here to sit on their terrace while enjoying an icecream and the view of the river. I am not sure how good their food is, I heard both, good and bad about it, from people who had lunch or dinner here. Their icecream is very good, though.

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    Town House Books and Cafe: Homey Meals

    by monica71 Written Mar 18, 2008

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    This is one of my favorite places for a quick and delicious lunch! It is a family owned bookstore that has a cafeteria on site too. The atmosphere is very friendly and homey! The meal is made from scratch and it is very fresh. Everything on the menu is homemade. They serve soups and sandwiches in the store backyard. There are also tables in front of the store where you can eat lunch and watch people strolling if, for some reason, you decide to pass on sitting in the quiet and very friendly backyard. You can also create your own sandwich if for some reason you do not like the ones you see on the menu. They have a list from where you can choose the type of bread and filling you want for your sandwich. Each sandwich comes with your choice of fruit salad or chips.

    Favorite Dish: Here are some of the things we ate here and enjoyed: avocado tuna melt sandwich, spinach turkey sandwich, florentine melt sandwich, beef and bleu sandwich, homemade quiche, town house signature salad, gelato (we tried all the flavors they offer!).

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    Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse: great steakhouse (part 2)

    by monica71 Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    We went here on a Saturday night in March to celebrate my husband's birthday and we had a blast. It is a very popular place, casual atmosphere that resembles the early 20's. You need to have a reservation, so call ahead if you plan on going there. The location is very nice, right by the Fox River. There are signs to help you to get there, but you can get lost easily if you do not pay attention to the road. It is a hideaway, after all :)

    The house was built around 1910 and it has 3 stories. The first floor was used as a restaurant, the 2nd floor was used to conduct the bootlegger business and the 3rd floor was a brothel. Today the whole place is a restaurant.

    There is a great variety of food and it is very tasty. We were told by our waitress that the cook has been with the restaurant for 40 years. They have a great selection of meats and some seafood choices, but not too many since it is a steakhouse. The chef was very nice and prepared a pasta marinara dish on the spot for me since I am allergic to meat. This alone says a lot about the place!

    Everything that you order from the menu comes with a soup and a salad, so you need to bring a big appetite! They also have a good selection of wines, but they are a little pricey. We paid $98 for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. A glass of VSOP cognac is $10 and a glass of martini costs about the same.

    The restaurant is also one of the not too many places that offer USDA Prime cuts meat. USDA Prime cut is known to be the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor and my husband (who ordered a Rib Eye steak in this cut) said it was indeed very tender, juicy and tasty meat.
    The other people in our party had fillet mignon, broiled swordfish, New York Strip steak, Porterhouse steak. Everybody was impressed with the taste of the food!
    We also had dessert: turtle icecream cake, flourless chocolate cake, white chocolate cheese cake, lemon sorbet and coffee.

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    Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse: great steakhouse!

    by monica71 Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    We went here on a Saturday night in March to celebrate my husband's birthday and we had a blast. It is a very popular place, casual atmosphere that resembles the early 20's. You need to have a reservation, so call ahead if you plan on going there. The location is very nice, right by the Fox River. There are signs to help you to get there, but you can get lost easily if you do not pay attention to the road. It is a hideaway, after all :)

    The house was built around 1910 and it has 3 stories. The first floor was used as a restaurant, the 2nd floor was used to conduct the bootlegger business and the 3rd floor was a brothel. Today the whole place is a restaurant.

    There is a great variety of food and it is very tasty. We were told by our waitress that the cook has been with the restaurant for 40 years. They have a great selection of meats and some seafood choices, but not too many since it is a steakhouse. The chef was very nice and prepared a pasta marinara dish on the spot for me since I am allergic to meat. This alone says a lot about the place!

    Everything that you order from the menu comes with a soup and a salad, so you need to bring a big appetite! They also have a good selection of wines, but they are a little pricey. We paid $98 for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. A glass of VSOP cognac is $10 and a glass of martini costs about the same.

    The restaurant is also one of the not too many places that offer USDA Prime cuts meat. USDA Prime cut is known to be the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor and my husband (who ordered a Rib Eye steak in this cut) said it was indeed very tender, juicy and tasty meat.
    The other people in our party had fillet mignon, broiled swordfish, New York Strip steak, Porterhouse steak. Everybody was impressed with the taste of the food!
    We also had dessert: turtle icecream cake, flourless chocolate cake, white chocolate cheese cake, lemon sorbet and coffee.

    Favorite Dish: Here is what we have ordered:
    - appetizers: shrimp cocktail and calamari
    - rib eye steak
    - fillet mignon
    - broiled swordfish
    - New York Strip steak
    - Porterhouse steak
    - pasta marinara
    Soup and salad comes with the main dish: house salad with your choice of dressing; cream of potato soup; french onion soup
    - desert: turtle icecream cake, flourless chocolate cake, white chocolate cheese cake, lemon shorbet
    - drinks: 4 glasses of VSOP cognac, 1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 orange juice, 4 lemonade, 1 glass of martini, 4 coffees.
    The tab (without the tip): $318
    It may look pricey, but consider what you get for the money before judging it!

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    Colonial Ice Cream: ICE CREAM!!!

    by JonnyB82 Written Sep 29, 2004

    Great food, great prices... pretty decent variety... Delicious ice cream, and a half dozen or so Chicago Suburban locations; Naperville, Crystal Lake, Elgin and 2 in St. Charles, probably more, but i have never been to those locations.

    Also, an excellent idea for the casual evening out with a friend of the opposite sex.

    Favorite Dish: Turkey melt.. comes with seasoned fries.. and definetely get a chocolate shake, or some type of sundae.

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    Rookies All American Pub & Grill: 'Batter' up!

    by Leniwy Updated Sep 20, 2003
    Rookies' Car Show - August 2003

    Built originally as a 'Ponderosa' steak house, this building is now home to a neighborhood 'Sports Bar' (for those not familiar with the term: a bar with numerous TV sets tuned to sporting events - the "Rookies" name may have arisen from the construction of a minor-league baseball stadium, for the 'Kane County Cougars' in nearby Geneva, IL.).
    What sets this place apart is the harmonious coexistence of patrons raging in age from their 20's to 50's. The wait staff is attentive and alert (good peripheral vision for detection of empty glasses ;-), and there's live music on most Saturday nights.
    On Wednesday nights, they host a 'Classic Car Show' in their front parking area, with a larger all-day car & motorcycle show held in August.

    Favorite Dish: "Chicken Fingers" ('batter'-fried) with honey mustard dip. They have a full menu of hot sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pizza, and salads. For families: watch for their "Kids Eat Free" night (during the week).

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    La Za Za Tratoria: Great Italian Food!

    by monica71 Written Mar 24, 2008

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    This is a very nice and homey restaurant downtown St Charles that serves great Italian food and stakes.

    Favorite Dish: I like their seafood and pasta, while my husband is very fond of their stakes :)

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