The Dish: Naperville’s Must-Visit Restaurants

| February 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Naperville, Illinois is arguably one of the hippest and best suburbs to live in the Chicagoland area.

Being dubbed twice by Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in America, it is no wonder that families from all over Chicago have relocated to Naperville and it’s surrounding suburbs like Aurora, Plainfield and Oswego, just to name a few.

Naperville’s jewel is it’s world-class downtown boasting a Riverwalk with 1.75 miles of bike & walking paths, fountains, artwork and more, according to the town’s official website. No decent downtown is without proper shopping destinations and Downtown Naperville is abundant with chain shops. But Naperville fashionistas and insiders clamor to the local independent shops like Lillian’s of Naperville, Twist Boutique, Meg & Me, Joe, Brizan Couture and many more!

If one hand is overflowing with great local retail shops in downtown and beyond, the other is full of great restaurants that help to complete a fabulous day trip to Naperville. Chicago residents will be impressed to see the quaint, yet upscale and fashionable Downtown Naperville showcase metropolitan standards like Catch 35, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Rosebud’s. However, Naperville has more to offer in restaurants that are unique to the area and a must-visit when coming to Naperville.

Naf-Naf Grill (Mediterranean) – A local fast-food concept that has recently expanded to Niles, IL. Showcasing some the best falafel and sharwama in Chicago!

Meson Sabika (Tapas)  – A restaurant set inside The Willoway Mansion built in 1847 sitting on four-acres of land in Downtown Naperville. Their patio is the talk of the town during the warmer months!

Sugar Toad (Modern American) – Headed by Chef Keith Willis by way for Charlie Trotter’s and French Laundry, this restaurant is set inside the upscale and eco-friendly Arista Hotel and features a four-course menu. Tasting menu also available.

La Sorella di Francesca (Italian) – You guessed it! The Chicago beloved Mia Francesca franchise of restaurants has placed roots in Naperville delivering fine and authentic Italian cuisine to residents and visitors alike.

Black Finn American Saloon (American/Bar) – The tri-level saloon features a nice rooftop patio and a hotspot for local charity and social events, as well as bar hoppers!

Kiku Sushi & Hibachi (Japanese) – Set in an unassuming strip mall as many suburban eateries are, one would never expect they’d be walking in a upscale atmosphere. Kiku has loyal customers that has made this restaurant a place to visit if you’re craving for Japanese faire in Naperville.

These are just some of my recommendations when visiting Naperville. What are your favorite Naperville restaurants not mentioned?

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  1. Read my article in @Chicagonista: The Dish: Naperville’s Must-Visit Restaurants via @chicagonista by @mommacuisine

  2. Lisa Gangi says:

    Great choices! Don’t forget Catch 35 (seafood), Rito’s (Mexican), Raffi’s (fine mediterranean)….

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