Chicago is close to the North Shore and it's tempting to head downtown for dinner.
But wait! The North Shore is teeming with good dining spots of all types. Here is a list of our local restaurants by village:
Avli - 566 Chestnut, Winnetka 847-446-9300. Traditional Greek fare served in a cool space with brick walls, high ceilings, and an outdoor patio.
Cafe Aroma - 749 Elm, Winnetka, 847-881-2601. Charming European spot with a prime Winnetka corner location. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Capt'n Nemo's - 38 Green Bay, Winnetka, 847-446-6406. Quick soups and sandwiches.
Cafe Buongiorno - 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, - 847-784-8899 - made-from-scratch breakfasts and lunches
Green Bay Cafe - 568 Green Bay, Winnetka, 847-446-7698. Snug and cute, this cafe offers breakfast and lunch.
George Trois - 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-441-3100. A companion restaurant to Michael (below), George Trois will have small dining capacity so make reservations.
Happ Bar and Grill - 305 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-0784-9200 - American continental
Kyoto - 1062 Gage St., Winnetka (corner of Gage & Green Bay) 847-446-784-9398 - traditional Japanese and sushi (shown in photo)
Little Lan's - 544 Chestnut, Winnetka, 847-446-9988 - eat-in or take out Chinese
Little Ricky's Rib Joint - 540 Lincoln, Winnetka 847-784-1444 - casual ribs, burgers, salads
Marco Roma Pizzeria - 14 Green Bay, Winnetka, 847-501-3333. Pizza for eat-in or take-out. Great Margarita pizza.
McDonalds - 858 Green Bay, Winnetka, 847-446-0180. You know what this is.
Michael - 64 Green Bay, Winnetka 847-441-3100 - high end French with many dining awards and stars
Mirani's at Home - 967B Lincoln, 847-446-4646. When the owners of the French restaurant Mirani's closed, they opened Mirani's at Home. Gourmet take out food has expanded to include Italian and Persian.
Once Upon a Bagel - Bagels, soups, sandwiches - Mexican, too!
Stacked and Folded - 551 Lincoln, 847-386-9100. Delicious sandwiches, fusion tacos and salads.
Taco Nano - 1743 Orchard, 847-386-7159. The BEST soft tacos
Tapas Gitana - 310 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-784-9300 - little piece of "Barcelona"
Three Tarts Bakery and Cafe - 301 S. Happ, Northfield 847-446-5444. Gorgeous cakes, tarts, and freshly made artisan sandwiches.
Trifecta - 501 Chestnut, 847-441-1700. The 3rd Winnetka restaurant opened by the O'Neils - American food with outdoor dining patio
Akai Hana - 3223 Lake, 847-251-0384 - popular Japanese restaurant
Akira - 1137 Greenleaf, 847-256-1133 - Japanese cuisine
Baker's Square - 200 Skokie Blvd, 847-256-6080 - chain restaurant with lots of pies
Big Tomato - 1109 Central, 847-256-1800 - pastas, pizza
Chuck Wagon - 1120 Central, 847-256-0120. Gyros, hot dogs, sandwiches, and fries.
Convito Cafe and Market - 1515 Sheridan Rd (Plaza del Lago) 847-251-3654 - Regional Italian and French food (above)
Corner Bakery - 3232 Lake Ave (Edens Plaza) 847-251-2547 - pasta, soups, salads, breads, and sweets
Depot Nuevo - 1139 Wilmette Ave., 847-251-3111 - Latin American inspired food in a Wilmette historic building
Dowize Thai Bistro - 1107 Central, 847-920-5317. Serving Thai and sushi
Firefly - 111 Green Bay Rd., 224-408-2464 - billing itself as "a Brooklyn Style Bistro."
Five Guys Burgers - 3232 Lake (Eden's Plaza) 847-256-2910 - Burgers, hot dogs, fries
Fuel - 1222 Washington, 847-251-FUEL. Locally sourced American style food. Farm-to-table for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Homer's - 1237 Green Bay, 847-251-0477 - ice cream parlor, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, great for kids
Gusto - 1146 Wilmette Ave., 847-920-5962 - traditional Italian food in a comfortable, open setting.
Hotcakes - 1195 Wilmette, 847-256-2099. Home cooked breakfasts
House of Chan - 627 Green Bay, 847-251-6200 - Chinese
Irvings for Red Hot Lovers - 3207 Lake St, 847-251-6300. All kinds of hot dogs.
J.P. McCarthy's Pizza and Grill - 509 4th St., 847-853-9999 - Pizza, bar, and casual dining near 4th and Linden
Koya Sushi - 1116 Central St., 847-256-6783 - traditional Japanese and sushi bar - right in downtown Wilmette
Lou Malnati's Pizza & Pasta - 3223 Lake, 847-256-5780 - best North Shore pizza!
Mei Lin House - 3207 Lake, 847-251-888 - Chinese and carry out
Napolita Pizzeria & Wine Bar - 1126 Central, 224-215-0305 - delicious specialy pizzas and pasta
Nick's Bar & Grill - 1168 Wilmette Ave., 847-251-3262 - neighborhood bar & grill with American style gastro-pub style cuisine. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The Noodle Cafe - 1156 Central, 847-251-1133 - American Italian in a European style cafe
Panda Express - 3232 Lake (Edens Plaza), 847-853-1195 - Asian cuisine
Panera Bread - 1199 Wilmette (just east of Metra) 847-853-8170 - chain serving bagels, soups, salads, and sandwiches
Ridgeview Grill - 827 Ridge, 847-251-2770 - American comfort food favorites
Sea Ranch- 3217 Lake Ave, 847-256-4404. Japanese - outstanding quality
Taco Lago - 1515 Sheridan Rd., 847-251-5400. Trend tacqueria in the historic Plaza del Lago mall across from the lake
TB Asian Cuisine - 339 Ridge, 847-251-2666 - Asian cuisine
Thai Inbox - 143 Skokie Blvd., 847-853-9898
Torino Ramen - 1162 Wilmette Ave., 847-920-5075 - excellent Japanese
Trendy Taco - 1195 Wilmette Ave, 847-906-4041. Self-serve, quick and easy taco, burritos, and sides.
Tsing Tao - 537 Green Bay, 846-251-7760. Mandarin Chinese cuisine
Walker Brothers Original Pancake House - 153 Green Bay, 847-251-6000. The line is out the door on weekend mornings!
Valley Lodge Tavern - 1141 Central St., 847-920-5675. Soups, salads, sandwiches and tavern burgers. Comfortable homey atmosphere.
Valor - 667 Vernon, 847-786-4556 - French-American bistro opened in December 2016.
Frank & Betsie's - 51 Green Bay, 847-446-0404 - French/California cuisine
Guanajuato - 73 Green Bay Rd. Glencoe, 847-242-8051 - fresh Mexican and tequila bar
Guildhall - 694 Vernon, 847-835-8100. Vibrant, hot reviews and very busy.
Little Red Hen - 653 Vernon, 847-835-4900 - casual spot for chicken, barbecue, pizza
Meg's Cafe - 317 Park, 847-835-2620 - small lunch cafe associated with Apple a Day Catering
3-Star Lung Wah - 1450 Park Ave W., 847-433-2330 - Chinese eat-in and take out
Abigail's American Bistro - 493 Roger Williams, 847-849-1009. Neighborhood restaurant with regional fresh foods.
Barbeque Pit and Rib House - BBQ Pit and Rib House - 589 Elm Place, 847-432-6393. Family owned barbecue restaurant
Bella Via - 1899 Second St., 847-681-8300 - regional Italian restaurant
Bluegrass - 1636 Old Deerfield Rd., 847-831-0595 - American food with a Southern twist
Cafe Central - 455 Central, 847-266-7878 - casual atmosphere serving French food - companion restaurant to Carlos
Country Kitchen - 446 Central, 847-432-7500 - breakfast and lunch institution serving pancakes, salads, omelets, and sandwiches
Hunan Pearl - 586 Roger Williams, 847-432-5410 - affordable Chinese food
Jade China Bistro - 600 Elm Pl., 847-433-0590 - Chinese take-out an dine-in
Koya Japan - 508 E. Old Elm, 847-266-0891 - Japanese and sushi
La Casa de Isaac- 431 Temple, 847-433-5550 - Mexican food with a flair
Merlo's - 581 Roger Williams, 847-266-0600 - Italian
Michael's Chicago Style Hot Dogs - 1879 Second St., 847-432-3338 - hot dogs, sandwiches, salad bar and wraps
Mizrahi Grill - 215 Skokie Valley, 847-831-1400. Kosher Mediterranean cuisine
Nieto's - 429 Temple, 847-432-0770. Where the fabled Carlos used to be - same owners though. American cuisine in a club-like setting
Norton's - 1905 Sheridan, 847-432-3287 - salads, burgers, sandwiches and live music
Phoenicia - 1910 First S., 847-266-9990 - Mediterranean food
Players Grill - 1855 Deerfield Rd., 847-831-4445 - sports themed dining room - steaks, chicken, seafood, chops
Ravinia BBQ & Grill - 594 Roger Williams, 847-433-1111 - as the name says, barbeque and grill
Shaevitz Uptown BBQ - 710 Central, 847-432-7310. Texas Kosher bbq brisket, steak, ribs, and more
Sushi Badaya - 600 Central, Suite 100, 847-266-7302 - specializing in gourmet maki and finest grade nigiri and sashimi
Tamales - 493 Central, 847-433-4070 - a Mexican "joint"
Evanston - too many to name! Check out Time Out's list of the best of Evanston: