Where to Eat in Sycamore: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Sycamore is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. It has a commercial district based and centered on Illinois Route 64. The population was 17,519 at the 2010 census, up from 12,020 in 2000. Sycamore is the county seat of DeKalb County and was named after the sycamore tree.
Things to do in Sycamore

1. Ollie's Frozen Custard

2290 Oakland Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178-3112 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 815-758-8222
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 110 reviews

Ollie's Frozen Custard

Reviewed By Catherine M - Genoa, United States

Best ice cream around. Worth the wait in the long summer lines. Get some and bring home a pint. There is always a flavor of the day. Opening day is always anticipated and hard to wait for.

2. Nat's on Maple

112 S Maple St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1828 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch 815-895-4243
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Nat's on Maple

Reviewed By kcomets - Rockford, Illinois

We were out with friends to help one couple celebrate their anniversary. They choose Nats and made reservation for 8. There was no problem with separate checks and no automatic gratuity added because there were 8 of us. Our table was ready at reservation time requested. Our waitress took our drink orders and returned after a few minutes with our drinks. She asked if we wanted appetizers. One couple ordered one. They also brought 8 pieces of bread, while it was good they didn't ask or offer any more. The waitress took our dinner orders. Many different food items was selected. From Jambolaya, to filet to shrimp and scallops. My wife ordered ordered the coconut shrimp, my wife praised how good they were. I and a friend ordered the Citrus Shrimp. I found the shrimp cooked perfectly the dish was bland. No taste of garlic, or citrus. It had angel hair pasta topped with, tomatoes, spinach, and a light sauce. The pasta did not take any flavor of the sauce and as I said it was bland maybe some grated cheese might have help but none was offered. One of our friends also pointed that the second dish of the Citrus Shrimp looked like there was more. The dish did appear fuller. The scallops order seemed normal and they were about the size of a silver dollar and about 1/2" thick, there were about 4 or 5 on her plate. She appeared disappointed with serving size because of the lack of leftovers. Everyone else enjoyed there meals. I felt some of the items were over priced, I will really have to think about going again.

3. Egg Haven Pancakes and Cafe

2562 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115-2052 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 815-748-1200
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Egg Haven Pancakes and Cafe

Reviewed By Hack W

Despite being "overly breakfast" you can enjoy a descent sandwich, salad, soup or burger at Egg Haven... Some new tea and cold beverage options are now on a separate menu...This regular staff working fast n friendly, so enthusiastic, always makes the dinning experience a triumph...tip them well as the prices have gone up but not the quality of your meal...Opa Pete!

4. Elleson's Bakery

344 W State St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1421 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 815-895-4533
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By AvWriter - Rochelle, Illinois

We dropped in for some of their famous cinnamon bread. When we hit the door, nobody was at the counter. I made a loud "DING" sound trying to get someone, and someone finally came, and put a bell on the counter.

They had every dessert I could imagine, and then some. Fortunately, we were there for the cinnamon bread, which did not disappoint. Good stuff - buy two loaves. It goes annoyingly fast once you open it up.

5. Portillo's Hot Dogs

1780 Dekalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178-2810 Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 815-895-0100
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Portillo's Hot Dogs

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

Reviewed By SanJan1939 - Coupeville, Washington

It doesn't matter which Portillo's a person chooses, the hot dog or beef sandwich is a taste of Chicago and necessary for an exChicagoan to have several times during their visit!

6. Sweet Dreams Desserts and Catering

1969 Dekalb Ave Ste B, Sycamore, IL 60178-3118 Takeout, Waitstaff American, Delicatessen Breakfast +1 815-756-8150
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Sweet Dreams Desserts and Catering

Reviewed By daughterofhercules - DeKalb, Illinois

Sweet Dreams cupcakes and cream cheese desserts are a staple at many of my parties. The cupcakes have a soft cream center and are hand made daily. I have had the lunch food once and have no complaints, but when I have a special occasion, I go get cupcakes. I have had a few catering items like meatballs too. Everything was good.

7. Eggsclusive Cafe

265 W Peace Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178-8939 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 815-899-3447
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Eggsclusive Cafe

Reviewed By SeamusDad - Chicago

Atmosphere: Dim, sterile, noisy.

The Help: Very pleasant and attentive.

The Menu: Lots of selections but a bit confusing.

The Food: Huge portions, hot, well prepared, tasty.

Coffee: Hot, flavorful.

Bacon: Very bacony.

The Price: Reasonable.

Would we go again? Yes.

Do we recommend that you give this place a try? Yes.

8. The Forge Brewhouse

1330 E State St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1420 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pizza, Brew Pub, Pub Dinner +1 815-991-9760
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

The Forge Brewhouse

Reviewed By LauraJean - DeKalb, IL

It's great to have a brewery in town. They have lots of interesting beers and offer custom or themed flights. Their pizza is a highlight, especially the chef's choice, which can be anything creative. It's an industrial look that encourages informality. Kids are welcome. Nice use of an old car showroom.

9. Taxco Restaurant

223 W State St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1418 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available Mexican, Seafood, Wine Bar, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 43 +1 815-895-2545
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Taxco Restaurant

Taxco Restaurant is a Family Restaurant with a Mexican cuisine and with Tequila bar, we are a Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly with great choices , Kids menu, we also offer banquents and caterings, with a full bar service

Reviewed By Ann G - Sycamore, Illinois, United States

We really love this place. Great atmosphere and company. Food is delicious, not overly cheesed or spiced. The salsa is fresh and has a great kick. The refried beans are authentic and delicious. I have had the enchiladas most recently, but my favorite is the pollo el cilantro. Real margaritas too. We enjoy the tequila bar side of the restaurant as it's brighter and more action.

10. PJ's Courthouse Tavern and Grille

202 W State St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1419 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 815-895-9253
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

PJ's Courthouse Tavern and Grille

Reviewed By Cathryn S - Sycamore, Illinois

My elderly mother and I enjoy lunch here regularly. We have always been more than satisfied with the food quality. The service could be improved, but is not bad. The one improvement I would suggest, which may sound petty, is that they need better quality paper napkins especially with the type of food they serve. Overall, excellent food and good service. They get busy on the weekends and parking can be an issue.

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