Highland Park and Highwood


Food & Drink




If  you find yourself north of Chicago for an outing at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, a concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park or a performance at the Writer’s Theatre in Glencoe, both Highland Park and Highwood have some excellent dining options.

Highwood is a small Lake County town north of Highland Park that has been a top restaurant destination for many years. I have always liked Froggy’s French Cafe, at 306 Green Bay Rd., since it opened in 1980. I had not been back in many years, so just made a special trip to have lunch with a local friend who lives nearby. I thought the menu choices and service were excellent. The food was really great! I was there for lunch so the cafe was perfect on a sunny winter day. The cozy back dining room is perfect for dinner. It was well-worth the drive from Chicago to have a great experience!  Make a point to stop in before or after at the Gourmet Frog at 316 Green Bay Rd. where you can buy one of their great pastries, croissants, macaron or cakes.

Other fun spots to try include Nieto’s at 429 Temple  Ave., La Casa de Isaac at 431 Temple Ave. for Mexican food, The Del Rio Restaurant at 228 Greenbay Rd. for Italian fare, and Miramar Bistro for French food with a few Cuban accents. All get good reviews.

Downtown Highland Park has some great shops and restaurants to visit. Walker Bros. Pancake House at 620 Central Ave. is popular for breakfast and brunch, but the lines can be out the door. So a fun alternative is Country Kitchen down the street at 446 Central Ave. where they serve breakfast all day. Local friends love Norton’s at 1905 Sheridan Rd. for live music, burgers, salads and more. Prefect Blend Coffee at 491 Central Ave. downtown is a great spot for coffee and I also recommend Frost Gelato at 617 Central Ave. for an afternoon snack.