Cakes by Dea and More

708 Busse Rd
Marengo, 60152
Reviews:
I had two really good cakes by Dea. Granted, she did not follow my instruction on the second cake. It was a full sheet half chocolate and vanilla with two different fillings. She had the same filling on both sides, which actually worked out fine. The flavor of the cakes are really good. The whipped cream stood up to the heat outside on a really hot day.
We have used Dea twice now -- for our wedding at Boulder Ridge (her cakes come with the package - do the tasting!!!) and then for my baby shower. Both cakes were insanely delicious and moist. She has many options to chose from, so if you can do a tasting, DO IT :) Her prices cannot be beat and she is very easy to work with. She is a little old school and most communication is done through a telephone call or in person. On her website it says you can email her, but I could never find an email address. If you are ordering a wedding cake, it will be delivered for you, but if you are getting a specialty cake, you will have to pick it up. For our wedding cake, we went with a design that was in her collection and then just changed some colors. She was very specific when it came to what kind of lavender we wanted so we were disappointed. For the shower cake, we simply sent her a pic of what we would like it to resemble. It wasn't exactly how the picture was, but it was not a big deal, it was still adorable and our guests loved the cake. She had pointed out that it would not look identical, so we were not caught off guard.
Dea is amazing! She's friendly and easy to work with. We ordered our first cake from her a few months ago and haven't looked anywhere else for our office parties since then! We've ordered cakes and cupcakes both, with so many different flavors and fillings. So far I think my favorite is the yellow cake with fresh strawberry filling and the whipped cream frosting but options are endless (and we're determined to try all of them! Haha). The cakes and cupcakes are always moist and flavorful. We usually leave the decor to Dea and we are never disappointed, it's always beautiful! We will definitely continue ordering from her for any desserts we need!

(815) 943-0942

Bakeries

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The Spot

214 S State St
Marengo, 60152
Reviews:
Great gigantic burgers and really good onion rings! Love finding these little hole in the wall bars with good food and good service!
The spot has the best burger in the county, arguably the best burger in the nation. Everything is made fresh to order. Even the fried foods and hairlike onion rings are incredible. If you order bacon on your burger it won't be just one or two slices laid flat it will be a pile of bacon. Reasonable prices, friendly service, make this a food destination.
My girlfriend and I have been coming here for years. The best burgers (and largest) in the area. Awesome drinks but please remember they only accept cash. If you like burgers the Spot is the spot to go! Great parking on the street

(815) 568-8676

Bars

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Glo-Bowl Fun Center

101 Franks Rd
Marengo, 60152
Reviews:
We had a great time last night at Glo-Bowl! Our group of 20 bowling kids and their parents loved the atmosphere. A special mention to Sandy for helping us plan a great event, what amazing service! And props to the Manager who checked on us multiple times and made us feel very welcome!! We'll definitely be back!
My husband & I bowled there last week and had a great time. We went in the afternoon as there were no leagues going on and were able to get right it. The place has a restaurant (which we did not try), an arcade and it looked like it had a room where bingo might have been taking place. A nice place that we will go to again.
We've been here twice, both with Groupons (hope they offer them more!!). This past time was a groupon for 2 hours of bowling & shoe rental for 4, a large 1-topping pizza and a pitcher of pop. It was great. The pizza was good, the bowling was fun, my kids had a blast. It's not as crazy loud as Brunswick Zone tends to be, but this is also a smaller alley in the first place. Nice arcade there, restaurant on site, and they've got a room as well which looks like it's for parties or other group events. Bathrooms are clean, and actually smell nice (they must've had some hidden air freshener somewhere because it had a nice springy smell).

(815) 568-2695

Arcades, Bowling, American (New)

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Niko’s Pointers Saloon

106 S State St
Marengo, 60152
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Had a disappointing experience the other night. Went to Pointers when they first opened and really enjoyed it! Went back on a Wednesday night and think it was for the last time, which is a shame. Walked into an empty restaurant at 8:30 with just 5 others at the bar who had apparently just walked in as well and the bartender could be heard complaining "where did everyone come from...guess we won't get to close early..." Sorry. Finished my 1st drink almost as soon as I got it and was never offered a refill because the bartender was so engrossed in a conversation with a patron. My glass sat empty from the time I ordered until midway through my meal when I finally just stopped eating to wait for a refill because I was so thirsty. It was impossible to get her attention due to her deep, ongoing conversation. After waving at her twice, got my refill. Never quite had this happen at a bar before. Ordered a simple grilled chicken sandwich which was dry and tough and hard to even bite. One end of the meat was more than an inch thick while the other was paper thin. Maybe if the chicken had been pounded to a uniform thickness to cook more evenly it wouldn't have been so dry and tough. I wouldn't order it again. The macaroni and cheese was nothing special, it wasn't fresh as evidenced by the darker, discolored noodles in some spots and overall it tasted like the deluxe version of Kraft, not homemade. A very disappointing way to spend $40 on dinner and drinks for two people. The only reason I'm giving it two stars instead of 1 is because my husbands black and blue burger and cheddar soup were very good, he said.
Easily one of the best restaurants in Marengo. Highly recommended. Reuben egg rolls competes with the Mac Daddy (Pulled pork with Mac n Cheese on top) for best on the menu. Medium prices for Marengo, but quality can't be competed with as long as they keep this menu/chef. Highly recommended.
I liked the location and the decor. Good variety on the menu but the food is a little pricey. The fries were really good but the pulled pork was a little dry. I do like the pretzel rolls the sandwiches are served on. I wasn't impressed with the staff. Hostess seemed disinterested and the waitress rushed us through our meal bringing by a box while I was still working on finishing the other half of my sandwich. Liked this place well enough to go back. Hoping for a better experience with the staff next time around.

(815) 568-7955

American (Traditional), Bars

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Fire and Ice Smokehouse and Creamery

104 W Railroad St,Ste A
Marengo, 60152
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(815) 568-7337

Barbeque, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Burgers

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Marengo Cafe

110 S State St
Marengo, 60152
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(815) 568-5341

Diners, Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

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Trio Grille

101 Franks Rd
Marengo, 60152
Reviews:
Positive: *Awesome B.l.t Pizza & onion blossom. *Awesome ranch dressing *Awesome salad *Awesome soup *Improved waitstaff Negative: -Got rid of my favorite jalapanos wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheeese :( -On a few occasions went there with a big party, and experienced a very very rude server.
Yup, I like this place. Too bad I'm never up here... Here's the skinny: Food - good to go. Atmosphere - casual Service - great Here's the fat: I got the chicken salad sandwich and it was AWESOME! The sandwich itself was pretty big and it came with fries. Chicken was tender, just the right amount of mayo and what ever it is that they mix in for spices was perfect. Fries, typical... but, hey they're french fries. I liked the look and feel of this place, really simple decor but, it all fit together. Trio is clean, and the chairs and booths are comfortable. We were in a large group of about 7 or 8 people and used up 4 tables. Still plenty of room to eat and have our paper work out too. Our waitress was quick to get our orders and gave us the 3 minute heads up so we can put our work away before the food came. That was cool, we weren't rushed at all. Another thing is that she was awesome at refills. If I find myself up here again, I'll definitely be going back for a Chicken Salad Sandwich. SYOY
I love this place! A great combo of good food and fun atmosphere. Been here many times and it never disappoints. Sometimes I come for the food and sometimes I come for the bowling, but I always leave happy. Good spot to hang with friends or bring the fam. Highly recommend!

(815) 568-3333

American (New)

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Rosati’s Pizza & Catering

20001 Telegraph St
Marengo, 60152
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(815) 568-1888

Pizza, Caterers

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Time Out Sports Bar and Grill

11419 S. Grant Hwy.
Marengo, 60152
Reviews:
They seem to try hard and the waitresses were friendly enough. We were there when they were busier than they are set up for. Lots of confusion. The friendliness of the waitresses made up for the disorganization and we enjoyed the evening. The food was very good, and my martini was excellent. I think they need to decide if they want to be a roadhouse or a real restaurant. While this place would not be my first choice every time, I definitely would go back again.
We heard about this place on the metro from one of the conductors it was the best chicken wings I've ever ate my life and that beef pie with both Italian beef and sausage is probably the single greatest thing on the face the earth other than my kids waitresses were awesome place was clean fun had a very good meal.
We have eaten here at least 8 times and the food is always good, however the wait time seems to be increasing each time we visit. Once we waited 40 minutes for soup and sandwich at lunch when there were few patrons in the bar. The wait staff seems a bit harried as well, though friendly. I really want to keep going there for the food but getting tired of the wait. My one star rating reflects my frustration with the wait, the food gets a 5. Hopefully management starts paying attention otherwise I fear that they will be gone.

(815) 923-2400

Pizza, American (New), Sports Bars

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RR Steakhouse

7509 S Grant Hwy
Marengo, 60152
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Your typical supper club menu with pretty decent prime rib. What really made this place shine was the service. I had brought my son with autism and they couldn't have been more helpful with him and accommodating his needs. Service was fast, drinks were generous and food was good.
We stopped in there for lunch, and the folks holding up the bar said they don't serve food, yet the information on yelp mentioned they did. We left to find another restaurant. If you want to drink, I guess it's ok. But don't go there for anything to eat. PS...who ever owns the establishment, change your name. It doesn't appear that you have steaks.
Overall very underwhelming. Steak was good but not great. A little fatty. Au jus was good. Atmosphere was nice...homey feel. Service was extremely slow...had to seat selves which was not the worst thing...other than we didn't know what to do when we first walked in. Confusing array of aromas ( some good some not). We finally realized it was because someone ordered fish...DO NOT order the fish. Steaks were $20 and up. Were supposed to come with salad potato and vege. Salad dressing was horrible..and our waitress made the executive decision to eliminate the vegetable....which we later were informed it was beats...not what you would expect with steak. So, all in all, just as other people have said if you want a good (not superb) steak...and nothing else for $20-$25 then go there! However...everyone deserves a second chance...so we will try again.

(815) 923-4668

Steakhouses

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