Friday, February 22, 2013
The Wilmette business offers a variety of homemade ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and sherbets.
Homer’s Ice Cream in Wilmette has been a North Shore favorite since it first opened its doors in 1935. Since then, this family-owned business has undergone a series of changes — they began serving food in 1972, and now ship their products across the Chicagoland area and the country— but they’ve never stopped making their famous homemade ice cream. “Homer’s was started here in 1935 by my father [Gus Poulos],” said current owner Dean Poulos. “At that point, it was a little two-table ice cream parlor.” Even in the beginning, Homer’s was a fast hit, with Al Capone — who owned a lakefront house nearby — rumored to be a huge fan of the chocolate ice cream. Homer’s remains in its original location (although it has since been added on to). Most of…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Olly Olly Play Cafe is the perfect spot for a play date or to meet new friends.
Many people associate cafés with quiet afternoons, cups of coffee and a relaxing break with friends — but most people also don't cry when it's time to leave. That's not the case at Olly Olly Play Café in Glencoe, where kids can transform themselves into pirates, princess and everything in between while their parents relax. Olly Olly features a wide variety of toys and spaces for kids to play in — including an enormous castle, a pirateship to climb around in and a dress-up closet overflowing with countless costumes. There are also board games, books, a fully-stocked play kitchen to play with. Besides having plenty of room for the kids to explore, Olly Olly has an array of tables for parents to unwind, catch up with friends and enjoy a …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Located in the Winnetka Metra station at Elm Street, the café serves traditional French baked goods.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Left Bank's cheese dogs have been a North Shore staple for decades.
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 …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Deerfield restaurant has one of the North Shore’s unique desserts.
Chocolate lovers seeking a unique dessert need look no further than Deerfield’s Trax Tavern & Grill for its eight-layer cake. The eight layer creation, which measures over a foot tall, is designed to serve three to four people but on occasion has satisfied one eater, according to Trax Manager Robbie Cohn. “We have a group that comes in here once a month and four of them order their own piece,” he said. At least two of them finish it in one setting. A piece costs $13. Trax first got the idea for the cake with chocolate icing between each layer and chips on the edge a few years ago when “big” was the rage, according to Cohn. “A lot of restaurants in Chicago were doing it,” Cohn said. “We were the first to do it out here (in the suburbs). We …