Galati’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

142 Cedar Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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We just ordered take out tonight from them and I'm so glad we did! We left the city over 7 years ago, and I've been on the hunt for a good take-out Italian place ever since. The search is over! It tastes real and authentic and like someone actually cared about the end result. My husband and I each ordered a pasta dish and the arancini. Big portions, well seasoned, soup or salad all included. Even the toasted side bread was good. We'll definitely be back. Way better than any of those chain Italian restaurants.
We were excited to try the pizza here. Unfortunately for us it was not what we expected from all the positive reviews. It's not like the meal was horrible but it wasn't fantastic or even close. The "thin crust" was more of pan crust to me. The crust was 3/8" thick and chewy. The sauce had a nice spicy flavor but there was not nearly enough sauce or cheese and toppings for that matter. When you have a crust that thick you would hope they would have the correct cheese, toppings, and sauce proportions. This will be a one and done place for us.
I really want to like this place. The rave reviews had me hopeful. Too hopeful? We are recent transplants from northern Cook County, and of course being good neighbors we always want to try the local places first. We've had Galati's 3 times, and every time has been delivery. Maybe the food will be better when we actually dine in - Galati's will get another chance based on their RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING MEATBALL. That being said, their thin crust pizza is average: nothing special, nothing terrible (dare I say, bland?) but it's one of those kind of meals where I regretted the calories consumed because I felt unfulfilled, dissatisfied. Same can be said for their fries, buffalo chicken sandwich, and shrimp. Pretty good chicken fingers, though. Maybe we got spoiled having places like Nino's or Giordano's right at our fingertips. But hopefully the 4th time is the charm - maybe we'll go in for the wood-fired pizza.

(847) 356-6800

Pizza, Italian

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The Deli Lama Store & Cafe

37041 N Rt 83
Lake Villa, 60046
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love this place! They have delicious sandwhiches and I can get just about any beer or wine that I want. They are a bit on the pricer side though so I only go when I have extra cash. If they were cheaper, I'd probably give them five instead of four stars.
The Deli Lama Cafe is a fantastic place for craft beer and harder to find liquor options, that masquerades as a typical convenience store, and not quite a cafe. The owner is awesome and friendly. The deli itself provides delicious sandwiches (using Boar's Head meats, among others), a real surprise the first time I tried one. But my friend and I met there once for a ladies lunch, and quickly realized that its not exactly a cafe. I mean, there's a counter and chairs, but it's not exactly what we were looking for, in the same way Subway is not a cafe- albeit the DL has way better sandwiches! There's a walk-in cigar humidor, and even bigger craft brew walk-in where you mix and match, if you so desire. It's a few bucks more than a single-product 6 pack, but well worth it for the sampling possibilities, especially if you're looking for a gift for a craft beer lover. If you're in the area, I'd highly suggest a stop for such a gift- and a yummy sandwich.
There is an enormous beer selection here, and, as others have mentioned, one can create his or her own six pack. There are a couple of problems--a big one is that each beer is charged individually and it's impossible to know how much you're spending until you get to the counter. I could have drunk my personal six pack at a bar for the same price. Another problem is that it's tough to know how long these bottles have been hanging out in the walk-in. I saw summer and fall brews (it's February) and some whose labels have seen much better days. My suggestion: Avoid clear bottles. (Well, that's ALWAYS my suggestion). Still, it's very fun to look at all the beer. The six pack fills up right quick. It's like being an English major at City Lights bookstore.

(847) 245-3354

Delis, Convenience Stores, Beer, Wine & Spirits

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The Fogcutter

36021 N US Hwy 45
Lake Villa, 60046
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Nice little dive bar where you can hang out and meet up with friends for some cheap drinks. It definetly caters to the younger crowd (e.g. College of Lake County kids) so probably not a place to take the family. Certainly reminds me of my college days but I'm getting a little too old for places like this.
This is a great place and I have many fond memories of it from going there on Friday nights while I was going to school in the area. It's definitely a dive but don't let that keep you away. The food is great and the bartender is generous with his pours; the Long Island is always on the strong side. Further, everything here is cheap and the service is good. I would recommend a few things. On Tuesday nights they have half priced pizza. The pizza takes a little longer but is pretty good; the meatlover's is a good choice. All of their burgers are good but I particularly like the D&D Burger. It's always cooked to order, which is great for such a generous portion. During Lent on Fridays they have a great fish fry. Lastly, the Holy Fog is fantastic and almost absurd in the amount of food you receive. It's an entire sirloin steak on a big baguette with cheese and grilled onions and peppers. Stop in and you won't be disappointed.
Okay, it's a bit of a dive. Food is surprisingly good, yes its worth eating a meal there. Drinks are reasonably priced. Friendly staff. If you can enjoy a dive you will like this, if don't tolerate that kind of place skip it.

(847) 356-3555

American (New)

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3 Amigo’s

895 E Grand Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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We moved to the area from Seattle 2+ years ago and we've been searching for a good Mexican restaurant. Finally we found one. Great nachos (real cheese, including cotija, guacamole, and black beans by request), chicken and steak fajitas (flavorful and not oily, as can often be the case), veggie burrito for my vegetarian wife, quesadillas for the kids, and a few cocktails (raspberry margaritas and sangria...maybe a bit too much ice). Our server was polite and attentive. We've got a winner!
Awesome place!!! I have been going here since it opened and I've never had a bad meal. The place is a gem in northern Lake County, IL right on Grand Avenue (Rte. 32) just a tad west of the Lake Villa Library. The steak taco salad (medium on the steak) is my favorite. However, their cheeseburgers are the best I have ever had in my life!!!
Love love love this place! Always great service! The food is always served hot and in a timely manner. I recommend the breakfast. All of it is great!

(847) 356-0234

Mexican, American (New)

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Chill Martini and Wine Bar

216 N Milwaukee Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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(224) 643-7659

Wine Bars, Cocktail Bars

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Lake Villa Restaurant

147 Cedar Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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So much yes. Not only is downtown Lake Villa quaint and old-timey feeling, but so is this place - in a good way. While not a dive, don't expect to be immediately reassured by the look or decor. But it's the kind of place you know the locals frequent: a breakfast bar with stools, bouncy vinyl booth cushions, men dining alone dressed in their hunting gear. Good coffee, good service, good food. So glad we can call Lake Villa (and this family-owned blast from the past) home. I almost didn't want to write this review because for my sake I don't want you going there (did that sound too hipster-ish? I hate hipsters). But go, and support awesome small businesses like this!
Update: Came here for breakfast today (Father's Day). It was three of us and it was packed. We were seated within 30 seconds of walking in though and we're tended to immediately. They had every table taken but we were still checked on frequently, refills were given promptly and everyone was SO nice, even when they were running around trying to keep up with everything. As always, this place is phenomenal and has never been a let down! Will be back.. hopefully tomorrow! :) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Note: Lake Villa Restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch. They no longer serve dinner * This review is overdue considering how much I come here. They aren't always packed but it gets busy sometimes. Nevertheless, service is always great. Food is always freshly made, homemade and an absolute must for anyone in need of a home cooked meal. Prices are excellent. About $6 or $7 per person for each meal and it is always nice supporting a local family owned business compared to going out to eat at some big ol' restaurant chain. Highly recommended for anyone driving by or through the town as it cannot get much better than this. Cheap, home cooked meals with excellent quality and superb wait service. A+ all around.
We waited over 40 minutes after ordering breakfast for it to be served. A table of 5 that came in after us along with two other tables of 2 were all served their orders first. I ordered a skillet with the eggs over easy but they were well over cooked. My wife had plain scrambled eggs and even those were bad. The servers were very nice but the food was awful... We will not be back.

(847) 356-8400

Breakfast & Brunch

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Roost 59

37669 N Il Rt 59
Lake Villa, 60046
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5 stars, yes!!! This place has the best Chicago Style hotdogs and there Corn fritters were amazing!!!
We went back just recently and tried some different items on the menu...the Roost burger, the sweet potato fries, tacos and ice cream. Loved the burger, fries and ice cream. My husband had the tacos and he said he's had better. It is hard to compete with tacos. They looked good to me - had cilantro and onion, but the flavor may not have been great. We also got to talk with one of the owners. It always helps you feel like a part of something when you get to meet the person in charge and see that they really care about their business and their customer's satisfaction. We like this place and will definitely be back to try more. :)
This is the first time I was there., The cheese burgers are really good. They are a little thin but good. Then I ordered the sweet potato fries they come with a carmel apple sause. I thought this was strange at first but this was awesome! IT was like thanksgiving in a syrup.. I would go back. They have a huge menu. Sunday hotdogs are 99 cents

(847) 973-2446

American (Traditional), Barbeque, Hot Dogs

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Sammies

216 N Milwaukee Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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I always liked the gyros here. Tonight I got a hamburger. My husband and mom also got hamburgers. They were AWFUL!!!! Worst burger in the area!!! The hamburger patties were super thin, and cooked rare. They were cooked on a grill, but had no flavor. I will definitely go to Bulldog in Grayslake or 3 Amigos in Lake Villa for a DELICIOUS burger!!!
Sammies is a great fast food option in Lake Villa. The food is reasonably priced and the inside seating is a nice addition (although it is mostly take-out). The food is not the healthiest and can be pretty greasy, but it is quick takeout food so not sure what one would expect. Personally, I think the beefs trump even portillos, but both are great options.
Good food reasonably priced. When the fries are fresh they are some of the better ones you can find. The chicken sandwich, hotdogs, and burgers are pretty decent. The gyros tend to be on the greasy side, but not too bad.

(847) 265-2400

Fast Food

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R-Dogs

400 E Grand Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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(847) 356-1881

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Subway

300 N Milwaukee Ave
Lake Villa, 60046
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(847) 265-3683

Fast Food, Sandwiches

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