Taste of Lincolnshire

As much as I love going downtown for the annual Taste of Chicago i’m just not sure if it’s worth it this year to endure the crowds when the taste of Lincolnshire is happening this weekend right here in Lake County.  This seems like the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends and family after work to enjoy a drink and sample dishes from local favorite restaurants.  Some restaurant vendors this year include: Egg Harbor Cafe, El Barrio, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Luke’s of Mundelein, Eddie Merlot’s, Philly G’s, Smokin T’s and many more.  Besides tasting samples from some of my favorite restaurants I look forward to discovering new places to eat out. What better way to discover new potential dining options then getting a “taste” of the menu first.   With friends from out of town visiting this weekend this is the perfect opportunity to give them a “taste” of a variety of restaurants in the area instead of sticking to just one.

Taste Of Lincolnshire 2011

In addition to all the dining options there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family. The Juke Box Band will kick off the celebration on Friday night at 5:30, followed by the Downhome Sophisticates.  Entertainment of Saturday will include a bag tournament, cooking demo, wine tasting, and of course live music.  To keep the kids busy there will be a bounce house, face painting and a clown show.  Every year the celebration seems to grown bigger and bigger.  With a packed entertainment schedule and so many excellent restaurants to choose from this Taste of Lincolnshire is sure to be the best yet!


Good Feed at the Silo

If you’ve driven down Rockland Road in Lake Bluff, just east of Waukegan Road, chances are you’ve noticed a unique building.  Resembling a ramshackle train depot with a giant grain silo, “The Silo,” is a spot where you’ll find good fodder for you and the whole family.

As the exterior would suggest, the interior is comfortable and casual.  The Silo has been a popular spot in the North Shore for decades, and the bustling and casual atmosphere make it the perfect spot for a meal with children.  Ask to be seated in the center of the first floor dining area, where a model train circles overhead.

The Silo serves American standards like burgers, pasta, sandwiches, ribs, etc. but they are best known for their pan pizza which is even available with a gluten-free crust.  Now I have to admit, I committed a sin on my first visit and didn’t try the pizza.  When I returned home from my lunch with the kids, my husband who has frequented The Silo for business lunches berated me.  Apparently, you should not make the same mistake either.  Their pizza has received many accolades, and not just from my disappointed husband.

{Source: Silo Pizza Facebook Page}

I just love locally-owned, family-operated places that know how to cater to families.  For us the overall hustle and bustle of the restaurant and model train were enough to keep my young kids entertained.  But on Sunday nights from 5:00-8:00 pm, The Silo really makes it special for children when they feature BOZ the Magician.  Arrive early to make sure he can get to your table for balloon animals and magic tricks.

The Silo serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for dinner only on Sundays (see hours below.) Visit their website to print coupons before you go for extra savings.


625 Rockland Road (Rt. 176), Lake Bluff
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am – 10pm,  Fri-Sat 11am-12midnight, Sun 4pm-10pm


Loralie Thomas spends her days exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers, although she refuses to do so in a minivan. She invites you to join her on her quest for civilization north of Peterson Road, and one day hopes to discover decent felafel in the hinterlands of North-Central Lake County. She is a the Managing Editor and Contributing Writer at Little Lake County. All photos credited to Loralie at Little Lake County Unless otherwise stated.