Ollie’s Frozen Custard

2290 Oakland Dr
Sycamore, 60178
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This place really is as good as it gets. Even better if possible. 5-stars easy. I'd heard about Ollie's over the years from friends who attended NIU, and finally tried it when family moved out to the area in recent years. We've been going ever since whenever we're in town. Just wish it wasn't seasonal since most of our trips to DeKalb/Sycamore are in the winter during the holidays! Stopped by this past weekend after a year, and this last visit was no exception. It's still awesome. The custard is always perfect. Rich and creamy with great taste (no matter what flavor), and smooth/thick consistency. I usually go for the flavor of the day but opted for my favorite Black Forest Sundae. I'd recommend everything and anything here. We arrived just in time, right before the line started wrapping around the building (that alone speaks volumes about this place!). We were also able to grab a spot at one of the two picnic tables in the front, though there's plenty of seating behind Ollie's as well. Staff is always friendly and they work fast, so even if there is a line, it goes quick. Regardless, it's definitely worth the wait. I saw this visit that they've added an Express line for certain items like cones and dishes. It's a family favorite for us. We might just have to make a special trip back out to DeKalb once more this summer just for Ollie's!
Its really as good as it gets!!! Truly deserves all 5 stars. I lived in DeKalb for almost 6 years and this is one place where I had the best of times. Standing in long lines in cold gushing winds for an ice cream or a shake never felt so good. Every minute of it is worth it. This place is packed during the evenings any given day of the week. That should definitely mean something.... The best custard and shakes in the area. In fact, seems like everything they have is awesome. I really wish they were open all year round. I have a lot of good memories of this place. Will probably just drive to DeKalb for 7 hours to have their custards...:-)
Ollie's has what dreams are made of. When I visit my lovely alma mater, NIU, I generally go to do two things. Drink and eat. No matter how stuffed I am, I never leave DeKalb without a trip to Ollie's. You shouldn't, either.

(815) 758-8222

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Grassroots Juicery & Cafe

2180 Oakland Dr,Unit B
Sycamore, 60178
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If you want real juice or real smoothies come here. Drinks ate made fresh right in front you. I love the Hawaiian smoothie and wheat grass shots. When I don't feel like juicing myself I'll go here.
Not your Momma's jamba. There are great selections of juices (from a juicer) WND smoothies. A lot healthier options, not just all fruit sugar loaded stuff - though there are a few of these if that's what you're craving. There is even a stripped down food menu with wraps and soup selection. I had the guacamole wrap that also included lettuce, cucumber, grapes, apple, and mango slices. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is space for team meetings. All in all a needed alternative. Four stars instead of five because coffee/tea selection is a bit lean.
Awesome juice- extremely friendly and helpful employees. The employees are very knowledgable and helpful if you don't know what to choose!!

(815) 517-1587

Cafes, Juice Bars & Smoothies

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Culver’s

1200 DeKalb Ave
Sycamore, 60178
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I want Culver's to move all the way west, especially every time I hear people hyperventilating about how "great" In-N-Out is. But I realize that this will and should never come to pass, due to the institution's uniquely Midwestern nature. Just like In-N-Out needs its droves of emo teenagers and ersatz hipsters and oft deconstructed "secret" menu, Culver's needs its own brigades of ambling senior citizens and moms with awkward middle schoolers in tow and a pot roast option. This is the way of things, and as much as I want some damn cheese curds right now, I have come to terms with it all.
Never have I had bad service here. Satisfying meal everytime and great custard.
Let me begin my telling you that I am NOT a fan of fast food. But I make an exception for Culver's. Besides, Culver's cannot really be classified as a "fast food" restaurant, instead it's a "fast casual" restaurant, which is something between fast food and casual dining that promises a higher quality of food and atmosphere than fast food. I would have to classify Culver's something of a guilty pleasure. The meals here are far from healthy but I find them positively delicious. I'll go in (or drive up) and I'll order something along the lines of a Double Bacon Butterburger Deluxe, a side of cheese curds and a small Oreo concrete and devour it happily, but then I'll spend the next two weeks running miles upon miles each day hoping to even myself out. And then when I feel I have finally worked off all those extra calories, I'll go back and start the process over again. It's a sad, sad situation I find myself in. Forget McDonalds, Burger King or Wendy's, when you find yourself in a burger fix, I highly recommend Culver's. *wipes drool away*

(815) 899-0200

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Fast Food

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Eggsclusive Cafe

265 W Peace Rd
Sycamore, 60178
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Everything was fantastic. The food. The service. The decor. All fantastic. This restaurant gets five stars and it earned each one. The one thing I didn't like was the little bowls for the syrup had no spout so there is no way to pour syrup without getting it everywhere. Easily fixed with a a minor change to the serving dishes.
Typically, the food is really good. We've had the occasional off day with seemingly random issues (I.e. ordered 2 steaks the same way, one was great the other was awful). My issue here is the portion sizes are WAY to big. We don't go unless we can agree on something to share because it ends up being a waste to bring half the meal home (not big leftover fans). Even the big boys agree it's too much. The fresh OJ is a big plus. Oh, the green eggs and ham kids meal is super cute :)
In town for a family wedding, and needed for before we could make the drive back to Chicago. This little place is in your average strip mall, but has a really nice vibe to it! Obviously of newer construction, light, open, and all the staff are smiling - what a great way to start the morning! Food is delicious and the presentation was very nice. The over medium eggs were actually over medium! Great tasting coffee and they squeeze their OJ fresh.

(815) 899-3447

Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches

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Carmine’s Subs

2672 DeKalb Ave
Sycamore, 60178
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Absolutely fantastic food. I have tried a bunch of items on the menu and have never been let down. I wish the menu had more hot sub items, but what they do have is AMAZING. Best food in the dekalb area period.
It took me awhile to visit Carmine's and I wish I had gone sooner. I'm a fan of toasted subs, but I don't always feel like dealing with the college crowd at Potbelly's, or driving to our favorite spot in Algonquin. Carmine's is a good addition to the Sycamore/DeKalb corridor. I've only had the chicken and ranch sandwich, but why stray when you've found a good thing? I like that they use a chicken breast, and not deli meat. The bread has a good crust and has a nice tear when you bite it. I also like the broccoli cheese soup and the Coke machine is pretty cool. I'm glad they put one in. My only issue is the portion of French Fries is a tad small. Definitely give them a try!
Carmine's is a regular stop for my family these days, because the food is great, portions are good, and the kids eat really well. They're generally the barometer for food quality, because if they don't like it, they'll just not eat! The grilled philly chicken sandwich with the buffalo sauce is just awesome, and I always get the broccoli cheese soup. The staff is always friendly, and they have the most useful specials of any place like it. I definitely recommend!

(815) 748-0008

Salad, Soup

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Sweet Dream Desserts

1969 DeKalb Ave,Ste B
Sycamore, 60178
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(815) 756-8150

Bakeries, Desserts

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Hink’s Bar & Grill

123 S California St
Sycamore, 60178
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Love this place... The food and service is amazing and the owners are as cool as it gets.... Well done. This is a great biker bar but equally welcoming to cagers as well...
God, thank you for leading me here. Love this place! Beer selection? Rate it 5/5. Food? 5/5. Atmosphere? 6/5. Love it love it love it Gimme another Revolution and play some Animals on the jukebox!
We arrived about 9:30 pm and were quickly served. I was glad that dinner didn't end at 9:00 like so many other places. The Grouper was fabulous; crunchy crisp on the outside and mouth watering flakey inside. The creamy coleslaw is one of a kind! I'm very picky about my coleslaw. At first look I wasn't sure I would like it; almost seemed too creamy. I was wrong, it was terrific. I will definitely go back again.

(815) 899-9990

Bars

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Riccardi’s Red Hots

418 W State St
Sycamore, 60178
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(815) 991-2200

Hot Dogs, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Burgers

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China Inn

630 Plaza Dr,Ste 2
Sycamore, 60178
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Get the crabmeat rangoons
Food is really good. Best Chinese take-out in Sycamore. I recommend it, we're going there again tonight!
OK ... we have ordered take out a couple of times since my review of this place (China Inn). I ordered a chicken dish. I was grossed out. The container had 2 different types of chicken in it; one coated in what tasted liked baking soda and corn starch...fried; the other more of a NON coated, very cold, maybe microwaved frozen product. My spouse ordered a shrimp/scallop meal. Only 3 VERY small shrimp and scallops like I have never seen ... resembling pencil erasers. Not many of those thankfully. If you order from China Inn for delivery or pick-up, Good Luck!

(815) 899-1188

Chinese

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Portillo’s Hot Dogs

1780 DeKalb Ave
Sycamore, 60178
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(815) 895-0100

Salad, Burgers, Hot Dogs

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