Shrimp Satay from Jolane's.

Shrimp Satay from Jolane's.

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American Contemporary

Abigail's American Bistro

493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-849-1009

Abigail's surrounds diners with a sophisticated setting of soothing earth tones with splashes of color and a menu of simply prepared regional dishes using seasonal ingredients. Taste a freshly baked complimentary cheddar biscuit and choose among items like seafood fritters, orange glazed duck breast, and crispy skinned whitefish. $$ Lunch Tues.-Fri.; dinner Tues.-Sat.



1849 Second St., Highland Park, 847-748-8737

This relaxed spot with its urban vibe is a proponent of the "farm to fork" dining concept using regional, seasonal ingredients. Small plates include such things as seasonal artisan cheeses and mussels with a coconut broth. Pasta dishes change each evening and other entrées include grilled, stuffed pork chop and herb roasted Amish chicken. $$ Dinner Tues.-Sun.


Chef's Station

Davis Metra Station, Ground Floor, 915 Davis St., Evanston, 847-570-9821

Take a trip to a fine dining experience beneath the Union Pacific Railroad station. Sample dishes such as seared yellow fin tuna tartare, meatloaf with roasted beef Bordelaise and rosemary marinated grilled veal medallions. A six-course tasting menu with wine pairings is also available. $$ Dinner Tues.-Sun.


City Park Grill

1783 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-9111

This classic American restaurant packs a traditional menu of made-from-scratch dishes along with an extensive beer and wine list. Try a marinated and barbecue-sauced skirt steak with grilled onions, chicken bruschetta topped with spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms, orhomestyle meatloaf with mashed potatoes. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. and Sun.


The English Room

Deer Path Inn, 255 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, 847-234-2280