Food and drinks always taste better outside. Surrounded by natural beauty and a gorgeous downtown area, there are plenty of restaurants in Lake Forest that fit the bill. Here are five of our favorite spots to enjoy a meal al fresco.
Deer Path Inn
Voted Travel + Leisure’s top resort in the Midwest for the second year in a row, Deer Path Inn offers a heralded dining experience. Locals gravitate toward the secluded atmosphere of The English Room’s courtyard patio, which boasts beautiful lighting, warm décor, a fountain, and a fireplace. Start dinner with the Ahi Tuna Nachos and follow up with the Cider Fish N’ Chips or Chicken Picatta as you embrace the warmth of summer’s final days.
The English Room also serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, as well as the inn’s coveted “Afternoon Tea” dining experience, which has seatings Tuesday through Saturday between 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
What was once a Burger King featured in the movie Ordinary People has become home to Kuro Bistro. Serving up a contemporary approach to Asian cuisine, Kuro Bistro’s patio is the perfect place to taste therestaurant’s standout dishes and fresh flavors. Order the
Hawaiian Taco starter and Summer 13 roll for a meal that’s sure to secure your next visit.
A Lake Forest staple since 2001, Francesca’s Intimo brings the taste of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio to the North Shore. Enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and be sure to order the Salmone Alla Fresca, a grilled salon dish with avocado, basil, and lemon over asparagus. You can’t go wrong with the Pollo Alla Salvia, which comes with a sautéed chicken breast that’s topped with prosciutto and mozzarella.
The Peanut Gallery
Sister restaurant to The Gallery, The Peanut Gallery answers Lake Forest’s desire for a refined but fast-casual dining experience. Stop by for ice cream or shakes, or grab a seat on the outdoor patio for lunch or dinner. Our favorite menu items include the Korean Hot Chicken sandwich and the Turkey Burger with fries.
Rounding out our list of places to dine al fresco in Lake Forest is Egg Harbor. Locals love this tried and true breakfast and lunch spot, which is known for its breakfast potatoes, blueberry pancakes, shakshuka, and chorizo chilaquiles. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio or in the tented parking lot, which is set up to accommodate diners amid COVID-19.
Kelmscott Park is only a short walk from many of these great Lake Forest restaurants. With only a limited supply of available units and homes, time is running out to see what all the talk is about. Reach out today to schedule a tour.