Dining in Downtown Naperville

I often joke with friends and family that Naperville is constantly providing one less reason to necessitate a trip into Chicago for a great meal on the town.  The irony is many staple downtown Chicago restaurants also have mirror restaurants in Naperville. 

The current list includes, Catch 35, Rosebud, La Sorella de Francessca (Mia Francessca), Hugo’s Frog Bar (Gibson’s), Bar Louie, Timpano Italian Steakhouse, Mortons Steakhouse, Boston Blackies and Sullivans Steakhouse. 

Local originals include Tango (Argentinian), Jimmy’s Grill (American), Meson Sabika (Spanish/Tapas), Rizzos, The Lantern, Cafe Buonaro, City Club, Walkers Charhouse, Angeli’s Italian Ristorante, Tessa’s, Features Bar & Grill, Front Street Cantina, Raffis (Meditteranean), Quigley’s (Irish) and more.

Add to that chocolate, aromatic caramel corn, candy shops, ice cream, coffee shops, Italian beef and even a cookie dough parlor and Naperville becomes a food paradise.     

My goal is to provide restaurant reviews for many of these places through the eyes of a local as well as tips for enjoying the perfect evening out in Naperville.  Below is a starting point for my current reviews of local Naperville restaurants:

A Review of White Chocolate Grill… Naperville’s Newest Restaurant Addition in Freedom Commons 

Posted March 22, 2008 by

Macarena Tapas Boldly Pursuing “Hidden Gem” Status in Naperville

Posted February 10, 2008

Dinining in Naperville – Local Restaurant Recommendations from World of Naperville Readers

Posted January 12, 2008

My Vote for Best Sushi in Naperville – Kiku

Posted October 24, 2007

Boston Blackie’s Shows Promise Amidst the Confusion of Opening Night in Naperville

Posted September 5, 2007

Unexpected Visit to Walker’s Charhouse in Gartner Plaza Provides Pleasant Surprise and Alternative to Downtown Naperville Restaurant Scene

Posted August 6, 2007

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano a Hit… and a Miss in South Naperville

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

H.P. Schmaltz and Co. Provides Taste of NYC for Naperville

Monday, April 30th, 2007

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Ted’s Montana Grill in Naperville a Stampede of Flavor and Value on Opening Night

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Naperville “Iron Chef” Meyermoto Takes on Mongolian Barbeque

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Gemato’s Wood Pit BBQ Celebrates a Festival of World-Class Ribs in Naperville Year-Round

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

I’d Rather Be At Quigley’s Pub Drinking a Pint of Guinness

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Naperville Really Is A Great “Catch” For Seafood

Saturday, March 17th, 2007


4 responses to “Dining in Downtown Naperville

  1. Hello, Stuart,

    I noticed with interest your quest to create restaurant reviews for Naperville dining establishments. I would be honored if you dined at the restaurant where I work. It’s called Elan Naperville and it’s located at the west end of 5th Avenue Station. We have wonderful food here and an enthusiastic staff here. The website, with our menu listing is http://www.elannaperville.com (NOTE: As of 1-7-08, Elan has closed – SM).

    On another note, I am a big fan of Valerie Lorimer. I was at her opening at the Cultural Center, but previous to that, I had purchased her work through the DuPage Art League, where I teach papermaking and bookbinding. I love her style.

    That’s all for now. Hope to see you at the restaurant! Carla Klausler

  2. Downtown Naperville food is a little bit too yummy with all that candy and ice cream–seriously don’t go there if you don’t want to blow your diet! 😀 Oh well.

    I really like Moshi Moshi Japanese restaurant, and if you go there you have to try the appetizer tuna takaki, it’s raw seared tuna and it is fantastic. They really know how to season their sushi rice and for Japanese food it is relatively affordable. Hugo’s is nice because you can get a small bowl of soup for $1.00 and a salad wedge for $2.00, meaning you can opt for a full dinner with family or just a nice snack. I like Catch 35 because they have food that is very filling yet very healthy. One of the best dishes they have is seared scallops, they’re just perfect. Their chef seems extremely talented.

  3. Hi Stuart:

    I found your website. Quite interesting, looking forward to seeing you Thursday.

  4. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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