Hello fellow suburbanites! I'm Another Suburbanite and I've joined up to spread the word about how awesome Chicagoland is, even without the city. I just moved to the 'burbs in August with my handsome fiance and we've already done quite a bit of exploring. That said, here we go...
My most recent job required quite a bit of travel around Lake County. Though this was often a pain in the neck (especially when gas hovered around $4 per gallon!), it allowed me to enjoy some of the finer establishments unique to that area. I would like to share with you all one of my favorite places in all of Lake County: Something's Brewing in Grayslake.
Located in the Washington Square shopping center on East Washington directly across the street from the College of Lake County, this café is probably the area's finest. I was a very loyal patron when working in the area, visiting for lunch or dinner or just grabbing a quick coffee and muffin. The menu has so much variety that I doubt I tried the same thing twice on purpose.
The atmosphere is inviting and, because you're surrounded by homemade treats and sweets, also genius. After a sandwich and their famous bagel chips, I almost always craved something sweet. Whether you're in the mood for a sugar cookie, chocolate covered Oreo, or even an elephant ear, you can get it at Something's Brewing.
If you're in the area for breakfast, stop in for a latte and a cranberry nut muffin. The muffins are dense and filling and their espresso? Much better than Starbucks. For lunch, be prepared to wait behind a line of college students, but if you don't mind a short wait, I would recommend chicken and rice soup and the chef's salad. The salads include a great assortment of crisp veggies and come with fresh garlic bread, which is a delight. Try the honey sesame dressing. If you're stopping in for dinner, you can't beat the French melt with a side of bagel chips and spinach dip. Ham served warm on a croissant with lettuce and melted cheese is a favorite of mine. And if you're just in the mood for a snack, stop in for an everything bagel and an iced coffee. I promise you this combination will make any sour day good again.
I can't sing the praises of Something's Brewing enough. Be sure to stop in for sweet and original stocking stuffers!