Eat in Park Ridge
Park Ridge has made some impressive improvements to their dining experience over recent years. “Park Ridgians” once had to travel to Edison Park to have a proper “dinner and drinks” experience. With quality additions of restaurants, Park Ridge has become a desirable local culinary option. Some restaurants that stand out are detailed here.
Harp & Fiddle: “The Harp” offers diners an excellent American Pub menu with classy Irish accompaniments. Sit at their large bar and order from their eclectic craft beer selection or dine in their spacious seasonal patio.
Recommended: Refreshing Fiddler Salad with an Arnold Palmer on their patio or their Guinness Stew and a Guinness pint at the bar.
Holts:Holts sits in an ideal Park Ridge location and showcases a modern approach to drinking and dining. Holts is a popular destination for brunchers and offers some impressive menu options with innovative alternatives to typical menu items. Craft beer menu offers some unique and delicious beers that pair well with the unique menu.
Recommended: Salmon BLT at the open air window seating or share a goat cheese & grape pizza at the bar.
Venus Szechuan & Mandarin: This spicy dining spot has a classy dining experience but I’ve added them as a go-to take-out restaurant. Menu items can be on the heavy side and the menu is large so sharing or splitting is recommended.
Recommended: Crispy Duck served mild with a light side of edamame delivered to your couch with a bottle of sauvignon blanc from Trader Joe’s.
Wally’s: Wally’s is a neighborhood staple with a huge menu selection highlighted by gyro plates, burgers and good American food. Most menu items need a “waist-line warning” but the quality makes this a worthwhile guilty pleasure.
Recommended: Gyro plate with rice and their chocolate milkshake!
Maki Sushi/Blu Fish Sushi Bistoi/Shakou: Looking for sushi? Park Ridge has an abundance of options. This isn’t even a complete list. Sushi Express offers more of lunchtime approach compared to a full dining experience. All 4 sushi spots are within walking distance of each-other and ranking them is too subjective. Shakou is the most formal, Maki is our original sushi spot and Blu-Fish is an ideal lunch spot. For take-out sushi, I’d pick up a mad to order sushi platter at…Marianos.
Arguably the most subjective culinary topic, pizza is affordable enough to sample a few local restaurants before deciding for yourself. Here are a few to choose from:
LouMalnatis – 650 N Northwest HWY
Perry’s – 711 Devon Ave
D’Agostinos – 742 Higgins
Panino’s – 28 S Fairview
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