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The excellent selection of restaurants in Northbrook continues to expand. Some of its eateries have been in the neighborhood for decades, while others have just moved in. Recent additions to the spread bring diversity to the established community favorites.

Opened in August 2007, Marcello’s, whose original restaurant was on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, has set up a location in Northbrook. Serving up Italian and American favorites, diners can enjoy pizza, pasta, chicken, ribs, salads, sandwiches, and bakery-fresh desserts. While Marcello’s may be new to Northbrook it has been established for over 60 years and serves fantastic made-from-scratch recipes.

Other newcomers to the area have included the well-known Morton’s, The Steakhouse; breakfast favorite Butterfield’s Pancake House; and the entertainment and dining establishment Pinstripes.

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Francesa’s North has earned a spot on the list of veteran Northbrook restaurants. Mother’s Day in 2009 marked its 14th year in the community. General Manager of Francesca’s North, Mark Elsey notes, “the neighborhood and the loyal customers that we have here sustain the popularity of Francesca’s North.” In his approximately 11 years with the restaurant he has seen a lot of loyalty. “If you give customers quality food, good prices, and great service they will keep coming back.”

Georgie V’s has been a part of the Northbrook dining landscape for about 12 years providing consistently good food and good service to its customers, according to Pete Vlahakis, son of owner George Vlahakis. It is no wonder his place is bustling with business. Best known for delicious breakfast foods, lunch is also a hit. The omelets are sure to impress, measuring enormous proportions. Impressive pancakes and waffles deliver a sweet morning treat.

For Pete Vlahakis, Northbrook “is a great town to be in. The people are nice. We like it so much here that Georgie V’s is in the process of opening a new lunch/dinner concept on the northeast corner of Dundee Road and Pfingsten Road.”

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To truly sample the infinite flavors of this suburb, the annual Northbrook Chamber Taste of Northbrook brings together an impressive number of restaurants. Once a year the food connoisseurs of the Village gather together to share their culinary genius with the masses. Residents and hungry visitors converge to sample delectable dishes. “It attracts many people from the area to try new places that they may not be aware of,” explained LB Belsky, spokesperson of Marcello’s.

According to Northbrook Chamber of Commerce President Tensley Garris, “The Chamber was looking for an opportunity to showcase the restaurants in the area,” and the Taste has done just that. “It’s an opportunity for area residents, Chamber members and civic leaders to sample menus from a wide variety of restaurants.”

Regular participant Francesca’s North offered some favorites, delectable salad caprese with sliced tomato, basil, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil along with an asparagus salad with tomatoes, lemon olive oil, and blue cheese. “We get a lot of feedback from the event,” explained Elsey, continuing, “both from people who work in and around Northbrook, and...sometimes people might not know we are in Northbrook. They always say ‘we always used to go to the one downtown. I am glad you’re here. I will see you soon!’”

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Marcello’s menu offered turkey paninis and goat cheese marinara to hungry taste-goers. “Marcello’s wanted to introduce people to something new and innovative that we offer,” said Belsky. “This was our first year and a great experience.” A multitude of other restaurants dish out the finest provisions at the Taste. Ruth’s Chris and Morton’s on Skokie Boulevard share fine steakhouse-style dishes. Di Pescara, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, located at Northbrook Court, Simply Thai, Kamehachi, Go Roma Italian Kitchen, and J. Alexander’s also have indulged in the festivities.

“The diverse collection of restaurants now operating in Northbrook entice other restaurants to the North Shore,” according to Garris. The expansive population of eateries continues to grow, with a mission to satiate the ever-growing number of famished patrons.

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