Glendale Heights Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Glendale Heights

April 14, 2018 Osvaldo Hartline

Glendale Heights is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 34,208 at the 2010 census. It is best known nationally as the hometown of Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan, but known more locally for its ethnically diverse population. The town elected Dupage County's first Asian mayor in 1995.
Things to do in Glendale Heights

1. Red Apple Pancake House & Restaurant

414 S Schmale Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2417 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 630-871-2911
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Red Apple Pancake House & Restaurant

Reviewed By z3r0h3r0

Best breakfast experience I've ever had!

Staff is top notch! Very friendly and make you feel like family.

The food is amazing! Fresh, flavorful and cooked to perfection. My poached eggs couldn't have been more perfectly cooked.

You get the perfect amount of food, I was full but not overly so.

The fresh fruit is the best fruit I've had at a restaurant.

Food is reasonably priced as well.

Great experience and I wouldn't hesitate to come back!

2. Steamboat BBQ

322 E Geneva Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187-2404 Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 29 +1 630-665-6227
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Steamboat BBQ

This is where Steamboat BBQ got started. With the promise of producing the finest BBQ in the Chicagoland area, we took this little location and kept that promise. Producing top-quality BBQ everyday is our passion. Getting involved in our community is our goal. Consistency is our mantra. We love what we do and can only hope that you love how it tastes. Come on down to Steamboat BBQ - Wheaton, Illinois

Reviewed By buckeyemorel

If you love hand-cut fries, eat at Steamboat, but the smoked meats (to this at-home small-batch smoker) are moderately bitter and seem to taste just a bit of petroleum smoke. No sweet apple our crisp mesquite undertones. Specifically, we tried beef brisket and pulled pork. Both were a bit dry and certainly not exceptional. The nadir: baked beans that were unpleasantly squishy (sc. super-cheap canned beans with a bitter smoke flavor). That said, the sauces were good, and the service was quick.

3. Fire + Wine

433 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-5101 Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 31 +1 630-793-9955
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

Fire + Wine

Casual dining with sophisticated hospitality. American food with an Italian twist, fresh prepared everyday! 78 wine bottle list, 45 global wines by the glass, hand crafted fresh cocktails, 38 item beer craft list. Reservations not accepted, we do offer a "call ahead, priority wait list" which you can call days and weeks in advance to get on, highly recommend to reduce wait times. Seating preference is given to elderly, pregnant woman, families with babies and local regular customers as a courtesy. Very family friendly local restaurant. TripAdvisor #1 restaurant in Glen Ellyn 4 years in a row as well as Certificate of Excellence.

Reviewed By Sandy S - Glen Ellyn, Illinois

The appetizers, main courses, dessert and wine were outstanding; however, the extreme noise level made it extremely difficult for my daughter and me to converse. The same has been true other times I've visited, and it keeps my friends and me from meeting there.

4. Portillo's

235 E North Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139-3790 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Italian, Fast Food Dinner, Lunch +1 630-690-9380
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Portillo's

Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

Reviewed By William J - New York City, New York

Located on North Ave. about 2 miles west of I-355. Well worth a short detour off the highway if it's lunch or dinner time. I used the drive through, the line was long and slow -but- the restaurant actually had employees outside taking orders and payment from the vehicles waiting in line - this greatly sped up the process. The food is worth the wait. I had a large Italian Beef with mozzarella cheese, juicy, with fries and a chocolate shake. Maybe not the healthiest of dinners but boy oh boy was it tasty and filling. I have never had a meal at any Portillo's in the chain and been disappointed. If you haven't given this place a try - do so as soon as you can.

5. Anyway's Restaurant

304 W Army Trail Rd, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-2300 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 630-351-8870
Excellent
42%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Anyway's Restaurant

Reviewed By flintjarvis - Flint, mi

The menu at Anyway's Restaurant has better selections than the national "chain" restaurants. The prices are similar to slightly better.

My wife ordered meatloaf, I ordered the half sandwich and soup deal. Both of our meals were very good and filling.

The restaurant interior is a bit "classier" than most modern bar and grill type restaurants. There are enough TVs to keep sports fans satisfied but they don't overwhelm the space like so many sports bars do.

This restaurant has three video slot machines (gambling) in the bar area and I was told that they will be expanding to add even more machines in the near future. I think that this is a cool idea and I wish my home state of Michigan would consider gaming in bars like this.

Our waitress was friendly and refilled our drinks often, however, it took a while for her to bring us the bill and change after dinner.

6. Culver's

290 S Schmale Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2133 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 630-933-9747
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Culver's

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Every Culver's location offers a flavor of the day for its frozen custard desserts. And every Culver's offers a different flavor. What'll you have? Strawberry cheesecake or Oreo mint or Georgia peach or chocolate caramel twist or chocolate almond salted caramel? Does it matter? They're all creamy and delicious. If you haven't tasted Culver's frozen custard, you don't know what you're missing. It is luscious and creamy. With farm fresh dairy, it contains less air so it's denser and richer than ordinary ice cream. And because it is served at a temperature that doesn't freeze your taste buds, you actually experience the flavor longer. You know the difference between ice cream and sorbet and gelato. Well, the difference between frozen custard and ice cream is even more significant. So our family decided to indulge in Culver's frozen custard desserts at the 290 South Schmale Road location in Carol Stream. It is located close to my brother's house and he swears by its friendly service and clean appearance and consistent quality of the food. The six of us consumed four butterburgers, a North Atlantic cod sandwich, a basket of butterfly jumbo shrimp, four orders of crinkle cut fries, two orders of Wisconsin cheese curds, cole slaw, onion rings, two chocolate milk shakes, two strawberry milk shakes and two glasses of Culver's own root beer. And there were no leftovers. Each of us left with a frozen custard cone in our hands--two chocolate, one caramel, one fudge, one peanut butter and one cheesecake. Did someone remember to pick up the check?

7. Village Tavern & Grill

291 S Schmale Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188-2104 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 630-668-1101
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Village Tavern & Grill

Our restaurant is located in Carol Stream so you're never far away from having a great meal and a great time. After 16 years of service in Carol Stream we have defined ourselves as the premier "Neighborhood Eatery"! All our food is prepared fresh with the highest quality ingredients.​We have a menu that will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites, from classic dishes to our very own signature entrees and appetizers. Enjoy your meal in our dinning room at a table, booth, or dine outdoors on our garden patio.

Reviewed By Chicago-BB

We take our elderly dad out for a meal every two weeks and he only eats fish so we're limited in where we can go. We've tried Carol's, Olive Garden, Chilli's, and a couple of Chinese restaurants. We finally landed on Village Grill and he loves the fish platter. I love the chicken strips, either as a dinner or on the salad. My husband has tried the fajitas, burger, and corned beef special. The wait staff are attentive and patient with my dad and even though it's always busy we've never had to wait for a table.

8. Blackberry Market

401 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-5101 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 630-474-9149
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Blackberry Market

We are on the corner of Main St. and Hillside in downtown Glen Ellyn – across the street from St. Marks Episcopal Church and Giesche Shoes.

Reviewed By Avidtraveler919 - Miami, Florida

One of the few places that has actual fresh today (like a few hours ago) sweets. The cookies and brownies are fantastically good.I always purchase them and haven't tried some of the other choices.The soup is sooo good. Just try it and you will be taking some home. I have frozen a quart or two of my favorites and they are perfect for those nights when you want something really good but don't want to cook or go out. This was a bit out of the way for me but it is so worth the trip.

9. Ki's Steak and Seafood

705 North Avenue, Glendale Heights, IL 60139 Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 39 +1 630-469-4757
Excellent
45%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Ki's Steak and Seafood

Reviewed By Gaylewinds - Winfield, Illinois

Ki's restaurant has a wonderful, comfy atmosphere with great friendly service. I think Ki's has a great seafood variety on the menu. They also feature seafood on the Specials list quite frequently. I dine at Ki's often and have never had a mediocre meal. Also have taken friends and family members there and they have all given Ki's very high ratings.

10. Ivy Restaurant

120 N Hale St, Wheaton, IL 60187-5113 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 630-665-2489
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Ivy Restaurant

Reviewed By Lynne A - Anchorage, Alaska

This was our first time to dine at Ivy and we were delighted. The service was helpful, efficient, sensitive to our needs (turned down the music). The menu features a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The tilapia fish with crab was delicious and served with fresh veggies was healthy too. There is a pleasant and peaceful ambience to the place that compliments the food all of which gave us a splendid dining experience. We were with a group of friends and enjoyed a private dining room. Prices were mid-range.

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