New Restaurant Roundup: LaGrange

August 23, 2011 3:00 PM

In suburbia these days it can be hard to find a town that you can actually walk around without having to drive everywhere, which is why coming to LaGrange can be a relaxing relief. A quaint, western suburb, LaGrange is booming with restaurants and is only a short ride on the Metra from Chicago. Here are some of the top, new restaurants to open in LaGrange recently.

Prasino

Located in a spot that once was an IHOP and before that a Pizza Hut, LaGrange has classed up the corner with Prasino, a restaurant that is eco-friendly, promotes organic agriculture and supports local growers. For breakfast, you can choose from favorites like French toast and pancakes or crepes and frittatas. For dinner, you can try their environmentally friendly seafood or choose one of the seven salads for lunch. Don’t forget to taste one of their delicious smoothies that could be a meal in and of itself. This is also a great place to try if you’re a vegan or on a gluten-free diet.

93 S. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-469-7058
Fax: 708-469-7627
Website: www.prasino.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Q-Barbeque

If what your craving is a little bit of southern barbeque, then this is the place to stop in to eat. They smoke their brisket for 15 hours with hickory and apple wood and swear that your fingers will be a part of the meal when you try their baby back ribs rubbed with spices. Along with their meats they offer a variety of sides including Mac-Q-roni & Cheese with a little bit of crunch to it, corn bread and Q-puppies. You’ll definitely need the roll of paper towels they provide on all tables. They also do delicious catering.

70 S. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-482-8700
Fax: 708-482-8703
Website: www.q-bbq.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Thipi Thai Restaurant and Lounge

The great thing about LaGrange is that it offers a variety of cuisines. If you’re in the mood for good Thai food head over to Calendar Court. Thipi Thai used to hold a spot on LaGrange Road for quite some time but they just recently moved into their much larger location now offering a lounge area with a full bar and sometimes providing music and a space for dancing. Thipi Thai on their site recommends trying their garlic chicken or their Pad Thai.

25 W. Calendar Court
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-588-1002
E-mail: thipithailagrange@gmail.com
Website: www.thipithai.com

Kama Indian Bistro

If you’re in the mood for Indian food in a warm, romantic setting this is your place. The owner’s father, who had over 40 years of experimenting with Indian, French and Continental cuisine at the top restaurants in India, developed the recipes the kitchen uses today. Get ready for sauces prepared with fresh ingredients and homemade spice mixes, all natural chicken and fresh domestic lamb. They also offer 90 gluten free and 30 vegan menu options.

8 W. Burlington Ave.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-352-3300
E-mail: kamabistro@yahoo.com
Website: www.kamabistro.com

El Picante Mexican Grill

One of the newest restaurants on the scene, El Picante offers authentic Mexican cuisine with a home-cooked feel to it. Their bar offers daily drinks specials and margaritas at a reasonable price. If you like enchiladas, they offer four different kinds with either pulled chicken or sautéed crabmeat. If you’re a fan of Mexican seafood, try one of their tilapia dishes or tequila shrimp.

50 S. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-352-2064
Website: www.elpicantemexicangrill.com

Di Nico

(credit: dinicospizza.com)

Di Nico’s Pizza & Gelato

Whether you want to try what they advertise as the world’s largest pizza slice, and it is really quite large, or you want to finish off the night with some gelato for dessert stop in to Di Nico’s. If you’re not in the mood for staying at the small-ish restaurant to eat your pizza they do offer pick up and delivery.  Or if you’re there for a scoop of gelato to take with you on an evening stroll around LaGrange, they’ll let you test the flavors before you decide which one you want to savor.

42 S. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
Phone: 708-352-9800
Website: dinicospizza.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Rachel Azark is a writer, grew up in LaGrange and now lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog parksandpancakes.com.