343. Best of Barrington Survey Results: “Best Eats” for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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As we dig into our 2012 Best of Barrington Survey results in the Best Eats category, we have a warning for you.  Our readers have shared their favorite foods and places to eat in Barrington based on specifics like Best Burger, Best Wings, Best Takeout and best restaurants for breakfast, lunch & dinner, but be prepared.  What you read will make you hungry.

BOB - The Best Eats

We asked our readers 16 different questions in the Best Eats category and we’re starting with their answers to the first five, which are:  Best Place to Get Breakfast, Best Place to Get Lunch, Best Fine Dining, Best Family Dining and Best Outdoor Dining.  And our readers’ favorites are…

Best Place For Breakfast: Egg Harbor Café

BOB - Egg Harbor CafeAn impressive 72% of our readers picked Egg Harbor Café on Cook Street as the Best Place to Get Breakfast in Barrington.  At Egg Harbor, you will find eggs-traordinary breakfast and lunch creations along with a kid-pleasing children’s menu, daily specials, seasonal menu selections, gluten-free options plus delicious catering fare.

11% of the readers who took our survey chose The Bread Basket as their favorite place to get breakfast in Barrington.  The Bread Basket is a long-standing dining destination at 131 Park Avenue, offering friendly and quick service plus reliably delicious diner-fare for breakfast and lunch.

And next in line, is The Canteen on Barrington Road, a restaurant and pancake house that dates back to 1945.  Other reader favorites were Apple Villa Pancakes on Barrington Road, Brunch Café in Fox River Grove, Egg Shells Café and Walker Brothers Pancake House in Lake Zurich.

Best Place For Lunch: Egg Harbor Café

BOB - Egg Harbor PatioComing out on top for a second time, 23% of our readers also chose Egg Harbor Café as the Best Place for Lunch in Barrington.  Egg Harbor’s ever-changing variety of daily soup and sandwich specials are a big draw and, during the warmer months, guests love to dine on Egg Harbor’s patio overlooking community events that take place on and around Cook Street.

Chessie’s Restaurant in the Ice House Mall takes the second spot in our reader poll for Best Place for Lunch, followed by a three-way tie between Boloney’s Sandwich Shop, Francesca’s Famiglia and Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar.

Best Fine Dining: Barrington Country Bistro

BOB - Barrington Country BistroThe Barrington Country Bistro in The Foundry came out on top in the Best Fine Dining Category, receiving recommendations for “Best Fine Dining” in Barrington from 37% of the readers who took our survey.  Barrington Bistro describes their dining concept as, “the new bistronomy – bistro cuisine interpreted for the modern gastronome, inspired by French bistro and Italian restaurant classics, interpreted with contemporary flair.”

Francesca’s Familgila also received high praise from our readers along with the fine dining offered in the Biltmore Room at Biltmore Country Club and Pl8 Simply Asian in the Foundry.

Readers are recommended The Oak Terrace Grille at Makray Memorial Golf Club, ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana in Lake Barrington, D & J Bistro in Lake Zurich, Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Arboretum of South Barrington and Stoney River Legendary Steaks at Deer Park Town Center.

Best Family Dining: Chessie’s Restaurant

BOB - ChessiesFor more of a family dining atmosphere, 28% of the readers surveyed chose Chessie’s Restaurant in Barrington’s Ice House Mall at 200 Applebee Street.  Serving the Barrington community for the past 35 years, Chessie’s menu features excellent steak and seafood dishes, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and delicious desserts. They offer dining for dinner, lunch, banquets and private parties.

Readers also chose Wool Street Grill as a great spot for Family Dining along with the Grill Room at Biltmore Country Club, Ciao Baby, The Onion Pub and Brewery, Kelsey Roadhouse, Millrose Restaurant and Pinstripes at the Arboretum of South Barrington.

Best Outdoor Dining: Wool Street Grill

BOB - Wool StreetFor the Best Outdoor Dining, 42% of the people who took our survey recommend Wool Street Grill in Barrington.  Situated in a prime Barrington location adjacent to the downtown Metra train station and parking lot, Wool Street offers an inviting outdoor beer garden and about 9,500 square feet of indoor space for dining, parties and socializing in all seasons

Beach House dining at Biltmore Country Club, The Oak Terrace Grille at Makray Memorial Golf Club, Francesca’s Famiglia, The Onion Pub, Millrose Restaurant, Broken Oar and Cook Street Coffee also received high praise from our readers for their outdoor dining options.


These are just the first five of 16 results in Best Eats, the fifth category in our Best of Barrington survey. CLICK HERE to review all of the survey results we’ve revealed to date.

Coming up next, we’ll share more results from Best Eats, which includes our reader favorites for items like “Best Burger”, “Best Pizza”, “Best Seafood” and “Best Takeout”.

Then, watch for the results in our categories called Sweet Treats, For the Home & Garden, Barrington Services, Health and Beauty and Neighborhoods.

If you’d like to let others know your business or organization was named a “reader favorite” our 2012 Best of Barrington Survey, we have a digital seal that you’re free to share online. Email liz@365Barrington.com for a custom seal. Or copy & paste the following code into your webpage:

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Congratulations to all of our reader favorites in the Best Eats category and please stay tuned as we continue to reveal our readers’ picks for the very Best of Barrington.

In the meantime, please feel free to leave a comment in the box below if you have any other recommendations about your favorite restaurants and dishes offered in Barrington.

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