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Jest the way you like it: Highwood’s Buffo’s serves quality staples for 40 years

July 3, 2017 by Courtney Jacquin, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

When Leonard Innocenzi, known by most as Lenny, told his dad he wanted to open his own restaurant, his dad called him a “buffo” — Italian slang for clown.

In his 20s at the time, Innocenzi didn’t know much about the...

Nothing square about these choices: Waffles abound at North Shore eateries

August 15, 2017 by Staff report Life & Arts, Dining Out

Among one of breakfast’s most popular ­— and heartiest — menu items is the waffle. However you like yours — Belgian-style, with a helping of fried chicken or drizzled with chocolate chips — waffles are a fun batter alternative to...

North Shore’s very own ‘Cheers’: Luke’s thrives on community involvement, traditional dishes

by Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

There’s something about those mom-and-pop, Chicago-style food joints that people gravitate toward. 

According to Dave Puzes, the owner of Luke’s in Lake Bluff, it’s the concept of “Cheers.” 


Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant offers family-style dining

by Alyssa Groh, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

Focusing on family and providing a warm and welcoming environment for customers is the main focus for the founding family and staff at Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant in Glenview. 

Eduardo, who went by Lalo for short,...

The Otherdoor: a hidden, idiosyncratic gem

by Jacqueline Glosniak, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

While everyone appreciates fine dining, our favorite foods often come from places we lovingly consider the neighborhood hole in the wall. Nothing beats the quirkiness and fast and easy service found at the simplest of eateries.