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Dining: Downtown Skokie Has 14 Restaurants And 3 On The Way

Skokie's expanding dining scene has some highly-rated restaurants and rare ethnic treasures, such as Afghani, Jamaican, Armenian and Polynesian/Portuguese cuisine.

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Patch file photo.

Now that Downtown Skokie's critical mass of restaurants has made it something of a culinary hotspot, food lovers are having their say about it on Yelp.com. The comments are mostly savory, and sometimes sweet. 

Earlier: Three Restaurants Coming To Downtown Skokie

Yelpers have given 4-star or 4.5 star ratings to:

  • Libertad, the fine-dining Latino fusion spot 
  • Kabul House, which features not-so-easy-to-find Afghani dishes
  • Siunik Armenian Grill, another ethnic find
  • Sweety Pies, a bakery which also serves meals, coffee and pastries
  • Annie's Pancake House
  • Alexander's
As if that weren't enough, Village Inn Pizzeria and Sports Grill also is feeling the love from diners. Its pizza took top honors at Niles Township High Schools' "Pizza Wars" competition two years in a row. Skokieans also like the Curragh Irish Pub, Subway and a frozen yogurt place, Cocomero, which opened in January.

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Virtually all of the restaurants are open for lunch on weekdays, and most of them--with the exception of Annie's and Alexander's--are open evenings and weekends for dinner. 

In the coming months, food lovers can expect more culinary adventures in downtown Skokie as three new restaurants open.

They include Blue Agave Mexican Cuisine, operated by a family with roots in the restaurant business; Euro Echo Cafe, which Skokie Patch hopes to profile soon, and Fogos Peri Peri, a Polynesian/Portuguese concept known for its signature marinated, steamed and grilled chicken dish using an African spice known as peri peri.

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h m January 29, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Don't get me wrong, I think all these restaurants are great. However, if you walk from Oakton & Skokie Blvd west to Oakton & Lincoln after 5:30 in the evening, it is still a ghost town. They still need to obtain some kind of business that will attack enough people to show that there is something happening at 6 pm. As it is, a few cars parked on the street just doesn't cut it.
Voice of Reason January 29, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Guess here is that the Restaurant activity in Downtown Skokie will bring in an evening crowd. To quote "Field of Dreams", "If you build it, they will come.". Congrats as well to Libertad for their upcoming spot on WTTW's "Check Please", which should also give extra business to the surrounding restaurants that people will go to since Libertad will now be harder to get into. :-)
patty o"malley January 29, 2014 at 09:22 AM
No doubt about it Downtown Skokie has great restaurants and plenty of them. The issue downtown is what to do before or after the meal. Downtown Skokie needs more entertainment venues. It needs a plan. You can't just hand businesses a lease and TIF money and hope they survive. Bring in a cohesive group of businesses that will attract a wide variety of people. Unique shops, more bars with entertainment to compliment those we already have. Wine shop to boost the BYOB restaurants in the area. Art galleries with shows featuring local or not so local artists. Events at the Skokie Heritage Museum. Promote the Gorilla Tango Theater better! Dinner and a show packages? It may be time to go out and recruit the kind of businesses that will support the fine restaurants in the area and give us the vibrant downtown that we all have waited a long, long time for.
Michael Gershbein January 29, 2014 at 03:01 PM
A nice brewpub. I'd invest with good vibes and future sales.

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