Not a lot has changed at Left Bank since it first opened its doors in 1966 - and the people of Lake Forest wouldn't have it any other way.
At first glance, the limited menu, which includes hot dogs, "not-so-sloppy-joes" and tuna salad, doesn't seem to be particularly noteworthy - that is, until you take your first bite.
"I've been coming here since I was seven years old," said Andy Bungert, a lifelong Lake Forest resident. "I came here all of the time in high school for lunch!"
The cheese dogs in particular are a real local favorite. The recipe is simple - a hot dog and bun, with a dollop of cheese sauce on top. It's a simple yet perfect blend of flavors.
The combination is the exact same as its been since Left Bank first began in the early 1960s as a hot dog and snack stand by Forest Park beach - and remains just as beloved by North Shore residents, having been described as a "Lake Forest staple".
Lane Pasquesi took over the restaurant from his grandparents in 2001, making it truly a family business.
Another iconic dish that's remained the same over the years is the "not-so-sloppy-joe," which is a hollowed-out bun filled with Pasquesi's grandmother's original recipe.
"It's definitely an institution," Pasquesi said. "[The Left Bank] is a part of me. I've never changed how it's done - we just do our thing, six days a week...I've really tried to keep it as much the same as possible."
And with the friendly atmosphere, the family connection and a can't-go-wrong menu, there's no doubt that Left Bank will be around for many years to come.
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