Vernon Hills Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Vernon Hills

April 15, 2018 Margarita Chappel

Vernon Hills is an affluent suburb north of Chicago, Illinois in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 20,120 at the 2000 census, and 25,113 in 2010. Vernon Hills serves as a retail hub for its surrounding area (Libertyville, Lake Forest, Long Grove, Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove).
Things to do in Vernon Hills

1. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2104 Television, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 847-215-7100
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 384 reviews

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

With a name like Buffalo Grove, it's only fitting that we have a giant buffalo overlooking our main dining room! This location is a full service restaurant and bar, with carry-out and delivery serving Buffalo Grove and parts of Long Grove, Lincolnshire, and Wheeling. We offer catering and have private event spaces available for up to 80 people. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is the home of the best pizza in Chicago. Our signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza is made using a recipe that has been handed down through the generations. Today, Lou Malnati's is recognized as one of the most iconic and best restaurants in Chicago.

Reviewed By TravelerJim

Lou Malnati's serves authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The pizzas do take about 45 minutes to cook, so don't be in a hurry. Start off with their wonderful Lou's salad while you are waiting. Service is almost always friendly and...MoreThank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your deep dish pizza and had a great experience while dining in with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

2. Walker Brothers

200 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3664 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-634-2220
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 270 reviews

Walker Brothers

Reviewed By Mamatenz - Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Long lines. Overcrowded tables. Poorly cooked food. I have come several times before, food is usually very good and fresh.
Today the potato pancakes that came with my spinach crepes tasted like they precooked and reheated. The bottoms were burnt and the consistency was heavy and in appetizing. People were shoved in at the ends of tables and moving around was extremely difficult. I kept thinking that if there was a fire people would not be able to get out. I would come at an off time Not
On a Sunday.

3. Portillo's

221 E Townline Rd, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1565 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 847-367-7290
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Portillo's

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

Reviewed By Walkaboutfar - Barrie, Canada

Portillo's ... many in Chicago rave about the restaurant. The drive-through line-ups are always long. The food: lots of its and made fresh and hot. The food was too greasy for my taste but this certainly comfort food.

4. Lauretta's Italian Bakeshop Lake

709 S Lake St, Mundelein, IL 60060-3684 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-566-0883
Excellent
71%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Lauretta's Italian Bakeshop Lake

Reviewed By Mary R - Mundelein, Illinois

Laurie is great and so is the food she presents. Always a nice experience. Quaint. Welcoming. Cozy. Fresh, homemade pasta dishes. We are long time customers.
Outside eating area too when weather permits. Wine. I like the linguine and clams. Lasagna is good, too. Love love love her cookies and cannolis.

5. Wildfire

235 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4318 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 847-279-7900
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 463 reviews

Wildfire

Step back in time to when going out for dinner meant something really special. From the decor to the jazz music, Wildfire has the style and warmth that makes it perfect for celebrating with friends or a quiet evening for two. The extensive menu features broiled steaks and chops, wood-roasted seafood and roasted meats, all prepared in an open kitchen. Signature dishes include Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon, Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut, Wildfire Chopped Salad and Cedar Planked Salmon. So order a signature martini or one of our many wines by the glass, then sit back and enjoy the 1940s supper club experience of Wildfire.

Reviewed By LCL-travels - Chicago, Illinois

Happily for us, Wildfire in Lincolnshire was open Christmas Eve and we had a lovely dinner. The enticing bread basket offers small onion rolls, black bread rolls, and corn bread. We had to ask for a refill. Three of us shared the small chopped salad. I had an open-faced Mediterranean salmon sandwich, which included avocado, arugula, tomatoes, cucumber and yogurt sauce. Really excellent. For my side dish, I had the roasted vegetables, also very tasty. We shared a sampler plate of three delicious dessert selections. A great meal!

6. Mambo Italiano

748 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060-9458 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 131 +1 847-281-9100
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Mambo Italiano

Reviewed By LCL-travels - Chicago, Illinois

Based on recommendations from friends, we had dinner at Mambo Italiano. The menu features traditional Italian entrees. The bread was average. Three of us had pasta dinners and one had the fish special. All entrees come with soup or salad. The minestrone soup was good. One criticism is that we were not offered freshly grated Parmesan cheese. We all enjoyed our entrees. The marinara sauce was very flavorful. The tiramisu dessert was excellent.

7. Real Urban Barbecue

1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-4121 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 847-947-6474
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 184 reviews

Real Urban Barbecue

Real Urban Barbecue has four Chicagoland locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave.), Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive) and Skokie, IL (5328 W. Touhy Ave). Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dine in, carryout, and private or corporate catering. Their menu features homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked items like their famous burnt ends, award winning ribs, pulled pork, Turkey, brisket and chicken, all slowly rotated on 11 Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 12,000 pounds of meat daily. RUB also offers sandwiches, fresh salads, comfort sides… And come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert! Real Urban Barbecue has recently expanded their spread of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of the Real Urban Bakery.

Reviewed By Randall L - Waukee, Iowa

Been here several times during family visits. The BBQ, particularly the burnt ends, ribs, brisket and chicken are good, and the many sides to pick from are good as well. The drawbacks are the long lines, cafeteria style ordering, pick up, and wait to pay, all make it frustrating when your food is cooled by the time you get to the table when you can find a seat. A bit over priced in my opinion for the portion and quality of the food. Our son and grandkids love the place so we'll be going back many times.

8. Elly's Pancake House

435 Townline Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060-4413 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 847-837-8100
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

Elly's Pancake House

Founded in Chicago over 20 years ago, Elly's has offered a friendly, casual and contemporary dining atmosphere. Making all our dishes from scratch using only quality ingredients and serving them fresh and fast to our guests. In 2017, Elly's has expanded outside the Chicagoland area to Phoenix & Kansas City known as Elly's Brunch & Cafe.

Reviewed By Suzysme

Elly’s is a terrific, casual breakfast place. Prices are fair, food is good quality and dependable. Weekends tend to get crowded, but staff does good job keeping things moving. Weekdays are usually less crowded with fast, friendly service. Delicious omelettes are my favorite, typical diner menu here with good atmosphere. Try the fresh squeezed orange juice.

9. Tsukasa Of Tokyo

561 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1557 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 847-816-8770
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Tsukasa Of Tokyo

Reviewed By betona - Ohio

Came here for the hibachi meal with some associates, and the meal was made as expected, fresh and quick. If you've been to this type of place, you know the drill with the speedy knives, flying shrimp pieces and flambé demonstrations. I'd say that the pricing was reasonable for the location and type of food.

10. Bonta Italian Market and Cafe

430 Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-3015 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Serves Alcohol Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 847-383-6233
Excellent
69%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Bonta Italian Market and Cafe

Reviewed By Richard W - Duncanville, Texas

First the positives. The service was attentive, friendly, and fast. The food was delicious, and quite reasonably priced.The atmosphere, although not at all fancy, was nice and homey. Now for the negatives. The spinach and cheese pizza, although very good, would have probably been a bit better if it had a little less cheese so that the spinach stood out more. That's it. Sound like a picky thing to complain about? Can't argue, but that's the only thing even vaguely come up with as a negative, and that's the reason it got a five star review. This place really is that good. The cold plate of mixed grilled vegetables, Italian meats and cheeses was worth the visit all by itself. Both the vegetable sandwich and the caprisi sandwich were excellent.We were in the Chicago area for a few days during our vacation, and ate at this place twice. Since it's several hundred miles from home I'm not going to claim I'm going to become a regular, but I will say that it was the best meal I had in the Chicago area, as well as one of the least expensive.

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