Baba Karam Restaurant

117 W St Charles Rd
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
I needed a fix for some good quality Mediterranean food and this was exactly what I had hoped for! I was instantly greeted and welcomed. Menu pricing were a little steep for lunch but I forgot about how much I was paying when I tasted the quality of my food. Ordered the Combination plate with the Chicken & Beef Koubideh with the white rice. It was love at first bite. The person who took my order was really informative about the food and took his time to passionately explain what goes into creating this meal. I plan to visit soon and try their Filet Minon Burg option. I highly recommend this place over Rezas.
5 stars for the service. The server was friendly right off and became doubly enthusiastic when he learned I had a Persian roommate and ordered some off-menu items in Farsi. 1 star for price. I lived near an awesome Persian grill in DC during college (Moby Dick, strange name but it's spectacular and they have several locations on the east coast now) where a plate of meat, big pile of rice, four huge charred tomato chunks, a large piece of fluffy pita baked in a stone oven on site (BK had thin lavash bread - different, much lighter, still very good) a small cup of shirazi salad - basically an ice cream scoops' worth- and a small yogurt sauce set you back about $12. At Baba, my bill, with tip, for a combination platter of meat + rice + two little pieces of tomato (which was $13.95 in itself), a shirazi salad and yogurt plus an appetizer, kashkeh bodemjan, came out to $42 and I had only water to drink. The salad and the yogurt were $4.95 each and they charged me $4.95 for tahdig (the rice that sticks together at the bottom of the pot - usually not on menus but it's awesome chewy tasty -- and at every Persian place I've been to, it's thrown in for free on top on the rice you get with your meat or stew. I was shocked to see a $4.95 charge for it- at the very least they should have disclosed it would cost extra. At Shamshiri in LA, a much more upscale Persian place with elaborate dishes my bill for an app and entree is always around $25 - 30 max. 3 stars for food The chicken was really, really juicy. The kashkeh was more oily than I'm used to, it's typically more of a paste, but it was delicious. As mentioned the lavash was different than the usual pita but good. The beef koobideh kabob was just ok, a bit bland. Shirazi salad was watery, veggies not fresh. Yogurt was fine nothing special (and seriously for $4.95 for a small bowl it should be special) I'm pretty indifferent on decor - happy to eat in a total hole in the wall if the food is amazing. But again at higher price points you expect a little better than a blah looking environ in a strip mall- especially when the food isn't life changingly awesome. Chicago has a dearth of Persian places and Baba is much better than the well-known and very Americanized Reza's. If the pricing was more reasonable aka half of what I paid for basically grilled meat and rice and a basic salad + app I'd give this place 4 stars easily and maybe 5 if they made some tweaks improving the food. I'll wait for my next DC or LA trip for awesome, rightly priced Persian. Will not return to BK, which is a bummer because I love the cuisine of Iran.
Read all the reviews, got excited. Then after the meal...less excited. Pita great, hummus, average and the meat was kinda strange. Weird texture. nothing outstanding. Average at best.

(630) 359-4003

Mediterranean, Persian/Iranian

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Montecasino Cafe Grill

401 N Ardmore Ave
Villa Park, 60181
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Great fajitas. Both chicken and steak carrots. Zucchini , onions , and peppers. Beautiful presentation. Loved the guacamole
I love the food. It is seriously SOOO delicious- The staff are SO nice! I couldn't believe how good the food is. It is clean, fresh, and they have the best tasting black beans EVER! Did I mention BYOB!
Good food. And owner is a hard worker that really wants to know how his customers feel about their dishes. Genuine people!!

(630) 359-3525

Mexican

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Omelette House Grill

525 E St Charles Rd
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
Was in the area for a few days and needed a place for breakfast and did a search on Yelp and found this place. Was a bit hesitant when we first pulled up but decided to go in. Very small but big on taste. We shared the 4 egg chorizo omelet with pancakes. Was so light and fluffy and full of flavor. Staff was friendly and prices were cheap!! So good we returned the following day for breakfast too. On July 4th they even gave out flags to customers!
Why didn't my wife and I like this place better? For a small place, it was jam-packed on a late Saturday morning, forcing us to wait in a very small space, in front of the Coke machine. It took a while before we were recognized as being there. A space did open up, and a server tended to us rather quickly. But they were busy, those servers. Enough that they forgot our toast and I went to get it from the front counter. It happens, I get it. But shouldn't the food have been better? It wasn't exceptional. My wife's Greek omelet may have had too many veggies (especially onion), which could be a good thing for non-egg-lovers... but then again, non-egg-lovers don't get omelets. My country skillet had the thinnest slices of breakfast sausage I've ever seen, about the thickness of a nickel. No clue how they did it, or why they did it. It was okay. At a sorta-okay price. The outer inch of the rye toast was inedible. The butter, which was already placed on it, helped. But what if I didn't want butter? The coffee was nothing special. It was, you know, OK. Eh, maybe I'm trying too hard to find why I was whelmed (not underwhelmed or overwhelmed) with our experience. This place routinely gets five stars here, and I wanted to have that, but it fell short for me. We'll be back, maybe. I don't know. Whatever.
Amazing ham and cheese omelet!..definitely coming back again..the staff here is great and the restaurant is very clean which means a lot to me because I had dirty restaurants..I have had a lot of omelette around Chicago land area and this is definitely one of the best

(630) 941-9923

Breakfast & Brunch

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Dairy Queen

211 E St Charles Rd
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
Our family loves DQ (too much at times!)and this is a great location. The owner is very nice and cares about the community.
This has to be hands down the best DQ around. I have been coming here for 16 years with my kids and its just great part of our lives. To my disappointment though, it was my first day getting something for myself that I always order but they did not give me what I asked for and the flavor just want there. Hoping it was just a fluke but considering I only allow myself an occasional treat once in a while, I was not happy at all. The quality and flavor was not there. Again, I hope it was just a fluke
Mmmm...dipped cones! This location has a walk-up window and drive thru. The building itself is so close to the street that the drive-thru lines gets really backed up. When the car in front of you is done paying and getting their treats, you have to almost wait for them to pull out onto St. Charles before you can pull up to the drive thru window. If you can, park and walk up to the window. You will get your frozen treats a lot quicker that way! I haven't lived near this location in a while so I can't remember if it is seasonal. Since it has a walk-up window I would guess that it is. It must have just opened for the season because I was there last night (50 degrees) and the line was as though they were giving stuff away! Oh, and if you haven't tried one, get their banana split! So good!!!

(630) 832-2010

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Fast Food

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Firehouse Subs

100 E Roosevelt Rd
Villa Park, 60181
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(331) 225-3194

Sandwiches, Fast Food, Delis

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Wing Ho Chop Suey

1017 W N Ave
Villa Park, 60181
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(630) 629-9886

Chinese, Food Delivery Services

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Stulgin’s Park Boulevard Tavern

5 E Park Blvd
Villa Park, 60181
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One of the better Friday fish frys (or do you say "fish fries"? that doesn't look right) in the area can be found at this little bar along the Prairie Path in Villa Park. During Lent they'll do a fry for both the lunch and dinner crowds, but the rest of the year it's strictly lunch Mondays through Fridays (the rest of their food is pretty good too...typical pub grub). Come by at noon on a Friday and you'll have a hard time finding a table. At night you can get a frozen pizza from their kitchen, but unless you're totally snowblind drunk you're better off hitting a drive thru on the way home. The decor at Stulgin's screams Wisconsin Northwoods. Plenty of game fish taxidermy on the wood covered walls, Old Style on draft, and of course the fish fry. The mirrors on the back bar sport Lowenbrau logos on either end, but I don't think they've served that fine beer since the Carter administration. Regardless, my friend Jon always orders one when he goes there just to have the bartender say "we don't have that". Every other Saturday night they have karaoke. Talent is fair to middling, and you can usually sing 4 or 5 songs over the course of the night if that's your thing. The crowd varies from early 20s to local geezers, and unlike the Ardmore around the corner everyone is pretty friendly. If you've made the move from the city to the western burbs and are missing the corner tavern from your old hood, give Stulgin's and their fry a try.
kinda bland in a nice way.
So this little hole in the wall place in Villa Park is THE place to go for fish fry on Friday nights during lent. I don't do the whole not eating meat thing on Friday nights but I usually end up not eating it anyways because there are so many places around here that have great fish fry! This is a small place so you should expect to wait on a Friday night, but I don't think I have ever waited more than like 45 mins. And you obv can drink while you wait which makes the time go by faster anyways. So then you get sat...the service is good considering the massive crowd and the food is AMAZING! I want to say they use Whitefish for their fish fry, which is all you can eat btw, and it is always super fresh and the breading on it is GREAT! They also serve the table these little corn fritter balls with a honey butter that is to die for!! Overall, you just have to try this place to see what I am talking about! Yumm!!

(630) 834-6208

Bars

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Strat’s Diner

231 E North Ave
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
I was in the area and gave them a gander. I didn't enjoy it enough to return, but it wasn't dreadful. Single cheeseburgers are hand formed and fresh. Raw Onion, Tomato, Lettuce is how I judge a burger. I prefer Hamburger Heaven's burger. The Fresh cut fries were too soggy for my liking, but had anticipated taking them home. They'll crisp up nicely. Onion Rings seemed to be generic and the barbecue sauce, which is provided, was a nice touch vs ketchup.
Nice classic car drive-thru. I saw all types and models. Fun to people watch too. Food was cool!
Best burger place I have ever been, right size, texture , flavor.. Burgers are very juice and not fatty..excellent atmosphere.. Try a homemade banana shake as well.. A MUST have..

(630) 832-0435

Burgers, Pizza, Sandwiches

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Las Islas Marias

345 W North Ave
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
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(630) 359-3416

Mexican

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Hi-View Restaurant

425 W Saint Charles Rd
Villa Park, 60181
Reviews:
Pretty above average breakfast food. Service was good too. I wouldn't go out of my way to go here but it is decent enough. 7/10
Would like to rate this a 3.5 stars. I bumped the review up to 4 stars based on the taste of the food. The cream of chicken soup was delicious. It was served at the perfect temperature. I got the salad with chicken fingers on it. I love the garlic salad dressing, which many restaurants do not have. A few things brought my review down. 1st - I felt like the server was rushing us. I don't know why she would because the restaurant was not full so it wasn't like there was a line waiting for a table. 2nd - On the menu, under the Salad section, it said 'Any of these salads can be chopped for an additional $1.00. Really? I've never seen an upcharge for a chopped salad before. I just thought that was weird. I cut up the salad myself once it arrived. 3rd - Canned peas! My husband reminded me that we used to frequent the Hi-View 20 or so years ago. He said we stopped going there because I was upset that they served canned peas. If fresh peas are not possible then I think frozen peas would be the next best alternative. But those yellow-greenish canned peas? No way. Well, check out the photo I posted. They are still serving canned peas.
I grew down the street from here. This place is always slammed on Sunday and to be honest I don't know why. Villa Park has few family/breakfast places in town and none of them are all that great. I think the soups here are always done well. The rest of the food is extremely "meh". I would say it's never terrible but it's not memorable either. People will continue to go here and receive average service, for average food and about average prices. It's the definition of average.

(630) 627-6611

Diners

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