These local eateries are sure to please the palate.
Scallops at Pescadero
1. Seafood and oyster bar Pescadero’s extensive brunch, lunch and dinner menus mesmerize the taste buds. For brunch, try the Maryland blue lump crabcake Benedict or lobster roll sliders, complemented with a Pescadero Bellini. Lunch and dinner see a raw bar with an array of Gulf shrimp cocktail, ceviche, wild Alaskan king salmon and spicy seafood cioppino. For unique libations, signature cocktails rock the boat, like the Lady Lydia, which mixes Ketel One, Giffard passion fruit, lemon and prosecco; and the Sunset Trawler, made with La Luna mezcal, peach, ginger beer and lemon. 1167 Wilmette Ave.
Napolita’s handmade pizza
2. Pizza lovers lavish praise on Napolita, a Neapolitan- style pizzeria dedicated to dishing out the most authentic Italian cuisine in downtown Wilmette. Brunch, lunch and dinner menus include housemade salads, fresh pastas imported from Napoli and, naturally, endless pizza variations from the Rossa or Bianca lists. Each pie is prepared by hand and baked in a traditional wood-fired oven for rustic, top-quality taste. 1126 Central Ave.
3. Valley Lodge Tavern is the epitome of a long-favored neighborhood restaurant. The menu tackles a variety of appetizers with truffle fries and spinach puffs among its offerings. Sandwiches and burgers are in abundance, including the blackened grouper sandwich and Mediterranean veggie burger. And its wraps and minis selections hit the spot with the crispy tavern shrimp wrap and mini beef tenderloin sandwiches. 1141 Central Ave.
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