Dining

Uncorked: Italian sparkling wine you can drink with a meal

What started off as a friendly bet, turned into an endeavor into world-class winemaking. 


Geneva’s Wildwood receives fourth Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

GENEVA – With more than 300 wines from around the world in stock, Wildwood restaurant owner and wine director Patrick Neary takes pride in the restaurant having an expansive wine list.


Al Capone’s Hideaway to be bought, renovated, reopened

Closed since February 2012, the former Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steakhouse property ...


Mystery Diner: River House brings barbecue to downtown St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – After one bite of the Brunswick Stew, I knew I would be coming back to The River House Barbecue in downtown St. Charles. A traditional dish hailing from the American South, the rich and thick stew consisted of chicken, brisket and corn, and ever-so-slightly tickled the tongue with a kick of spice. A perfect start to a meal featuring slow- and low-cooked barbecue and southern favorites such as collard greens, beef brisket and sweet potato mash.


Taste of the Town: Rivers Edge Bar and Grill opens in Batavia

BATAVIA – There is a new venue in downtown Batavia for people to watch football games or just hang out with friends.


Mystery Diner: Salsa Verde serves authentic, delicious dishes

ST. CHARLES – Kane County has no shortage of Mexican restaurants, but you should make room for one of the latest offerings on St. Charles’ west side.


Uncorked: Tablas winemaker expertly managing 3-year drought

A distraction forced Jason Haas to pause midstride.


A culinary mission: Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant features Italian fusion recipes

BATAVIA – Above the doorway to Gaetano’s Batavia is scrolled the phrase “with respect to tradition.”


Mystery Diner: Nobel House a prize eatery in Geneva

GENEVA – When I first noticed Nobel House’s striking, bright-blue awning distinctively standing out along busy State Street in downtown Geneva, I was immediately intrigued.


Scouts to host pancake breakfast in Elburn on Aug. 16

ELBURN – Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 has planned an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Elburn American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St., Elburn.


Uncorked: Soil and elevation help Daou winemaker

An intense afternoon sun draped the resplendent Daou Vineyards and Winery in shadows as a cool breeze refreshed patrons passing through the elegant courtyard and tasting room. 


Taste of the Town: Red hot celebration

BATAVIA – Bulldog’s Red Hots owner Allen Soboj knows there are plenty of places in the area for people to grab a cold sandwich, burger or slice of pizza.


Mystery Diner: Wildwood’s Oyster Bar delivers fresh flavors from the sea

GENEVA – Living in the Midwest may not always provide ample opportunities to enjoy the fresh, “off the boat” catches you would expect to find in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. But getting fresh seafood in the Chicago suburbs is not an impossible feat.


H.E.L.P to host annual Bark-B-Que

Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets will host its annual Bark-B-Que ...


Preservation Bread & Wine making effort to help bees

People need to stop and understand the chain of events ...


Lupita’s Cocina to host inaugural Tequila Taste

CAMPTON HILLS – Those who attend Lupita’s Cocina’s Tequila Taste on Wednesday, July 30, will get a taste of what the Campton Hills restaurant has to offer.


Uncorked: Winemaker builds white wine brand in red territory

Anthony Yount has always pushed winemaking boundaries.


O’ Sole Mio opens doors to newest location in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and City of St. Charles officials join O' Sole Mio owners Tory and Andrea Chiappelli to cut the ribbon to their newest location at 131 S. First St. in St. Charles. O' Sole Mio also has a location at 27 N. River St. in Batavia.


Mystery Diner: Liu Brothers brings B.Y.O.B. Chinese bistro to St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Chinese restaurants and take-out joints are a staple in the American dining scene, and – often – with popularity comes ubiquity. With so many options, it’s difficult to hone in on the places that are doing it better than everyone else.


A winemaker’s odyssey takes him around the world

Orion Stang did everything possible to become a winemaker. 


Orchard Ale Fest event set at Kuipers

Kuipers Family Farm has planned the Orchard Ale Fest event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26...


St. Charles McDonald's on west side reopens

It didn't take long for the reopened McDonald's on the west side of St. Charles to draw in customers.


Mystery Diner: Patten House injects southern charm into Geneva dining scene

Built in 1857, The Patten House underwent a well-deserved renovation ...


Boxcar Train eatery closed, space available for rent

The Boxcar Train Restaurant, 500 S. Third St., Geneva, was barely open for seven months before it closed in February..


Transcendence about great wine and causes

Joey Gummere manages every detail possible at Transcendence in order to make great wines. 

White Stag Tavern in St. Charles has closed

The White Stag Tavern closed its doors in early May, said the property owner where the business was located. ...


Rox City Grill adds contemporary flair to historic Hotel Baker

If there is any one menu item that draws a diner in and keeps him or her coming back, it’s Rox City Grill’s Beef ...


Orlando’s Pizza closes after 40 years

For 40 years, Orlando's Pizza, 821 E. State St., was the go-to eatery on Geneva's east side, a little place with big taste..


Taste of the Town: Home at The Range

Even though Open Range in Batavia now has a new name, its new management said that regular customers should still expect great food and service.


Orders for Geneva's Lobster Fly-In event due June 9

TriCity Family Services will host its Father's Day weekend tradition, the Great Lobster Fly-In fundraising event...


The Herrington names Atwater's new executive chef

GENEVA – Atwater's at The Herrington Inn and Spa in Geneva has named a new executive chef. ...


Mystery Diner: Bien Trucha’s reputation reaches beyond county border

Soldiering past other Mexican eateries as one of the finest – according to some critics – not only in the Kane County area...


Taste of the Town: Nobel House prides itself on excellence in food, brews

Just as the Nobel Prize marks excellence in achievement, the owners of the Nobel House ...


Salvation Army Donut Days kicks off Friday

The Salvation Army's 77th annual Donut Days kicks off this Friday. ...


Mystery Diner: E&S Fish Company quite the catch in St. Charles

An unassuming fish market and cafe located in a strip mall on the outskirts of downtown St. Charles ...


Taste of the Town: Historic home converted into Patten House restaurant

St. Charles resident Nancy Luyten is bringing a taste of New Orleans ...


Pizza shop, pub to open in former Pi Pizza site

A pizzeria and pub will open later this year in the former Pi Pizza Perfection location in downtown St. Charles ...


North Aurora Tastee Freez reopens for business

After being closed for a few months for remodeling, the Tastee Freez restaurant at 17 S. Lincolnway in North Aurora...


Heritage Prairie Farm Dinner to benefit academy

Bridges Montessori Academy in St. Charles and Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn will host a Farm Dinner on May 10...


Taste of the Town: Raimondo’s offers fresh food, craft brews

Freshness is at the center of everything that Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub in North Aurora does. ...


Local lacrosse club to host barbecue fundraiser at fairgrounds

The St. Charles Lacrosse Club will have a Fay's Pork Chop BBQ fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1...


Pheasant Run Resort names new executive chef

Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles has announced that Tiffany Tooker has been named executive chef ...


Mystery Diner: Apple Villa’s baked apple pancake a treat

Using the words “tastebud explosion” to describe one of its signature dishes, I knew I was ...


A Toda Madre to move from Geneva to Glen Ellyn

Two years after A Toda Madre opened next door to Bien Trucha, it is moving to Glen Ellyn, the company announced.


Taste of the Town: Muscle Maker Grill offers up healthier fare

In a sea of fast food options, Muscle Maker Grill aims to serve up healthier fare.


Crowds savor food delights at 60 Men Who Cook

With two pans frying cashew encrusted tilapia at once, Michael Olesen had some serious sizzle going on. ...


Mystery Diner: Isacco’s Kitchen specializes in Northern Italian cuisine

What sets Isacco’s Kitchen in St. Charles apart from other Italian restaurants in the area is the food. ...


Slice of Life: Wine steward's expertise aids Herrington Inn diners

GENEVA – When diners at the Herrington Inn and Spa in Geneva have a question about wine ...


Stirring up culinary creations at 60 Men Who Cook

John Hanson of St. Charles said he has been making a popular and tasty appetizer for his family for years ...


Poblano Pepper Grill closed during lease transfer

The Poblano Pepper Grill restaurant will remain closed during ongoing negotiations to reassign the lease, ...


Niche to offer beer dinner, Easter brunch this month

Niche, which recently reopened with a reinvigorated menu and look on April 1, will offer a couple of events ...


Taste of the Town: O' Sole Mio to compete in Gelato World Tour

With an inherent affinity for authentic gelato and all things Italian, married couple Andrea and Tory Chiappelli ...


Niche Restaurant to reopen with reinvigorated menu, look

Niche Restaurant, after having temporarily closed March 23, will reopen Tuesday, April 1, with a brand new look, menu and chef.


'Purple Store' embraces cupcake fundraiser

Alexa Hill is hoping to cover the inside of Hill’s Country Store with purple paper cupcakes ...


Mystery Diner: Fiora’s casual sophistication satisfies lunch crowd

Fiora’s, the alluring yellow mansion set back from Third Street in historic downtown Geneva...


Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream joins Geneva’s Third Street district

The Castronovo family of Geneva has always wanted a retail presence on Third Street.


Dolce Bakery and Cafe in St. Charles closes

Dolce Bakery and Cafe, 131 S. First St., closed for business sometime earlier this week ...


Taste of the Town: Pub 302 to bring gastropub concept to Geneva

Starting next month, EvenFlow Music and Spirits in downtown Geneva will have two dining options for customers. ...



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