Posted 2019-04-29

The Shanty, 38985 North RT 41 Wadsworth, IL 60083

Bar At The Shanty

There are more than a couple of great things going on at The Shanty on RT 41 up near the Wisconsin border.  What really struck me as unique when I sat down with Dimitri Kallianis, the owner and operator, was that the restaurant had been featured on The Food Network twice!  I thought that was really cool. 

While The Shanty might look like a (smallish) road house in Wadsworth, there is a…

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Posted 2019-04-22

Soft Wave Fish Co., Lake Bluff Farmer's Market (Friday mornings, June - October)

Soft Wave Fish Co.

When I met Bob DePalma, the owner and proprietor of Soft Wave Fish Co., he was actually the second DePalma I met tending the Soft Wave stand at the Lake Bluff Farmers Market. The first was his grandson. I was so impressed with the young man’s professionalism and ability to talk to anyone and everyone (as well as sell) at a young age that I wanted to tell Bob about it the next week.

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Posted 2019-04-04

Mickey Finn's Brewery, 345 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048

Mickey Finn's

My first trip to Mickey Finn’s in a while to eat had me a little nervous. I had just interviewed Brian Grano for this blog a couple days before and decided to see if I agreed with something he mentioned. 

Brian said they had been receiving feedback that their food was not up to snuff, that the other restaurants in downtown Libertyville were doing it better than Mickey’s. So he and his…

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