The Chew Chew

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This popular gathering spot located not far from the Riverside Metra stop on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Line got its start as a more humble sandwich shop closer to the station before settling into the larger, bi-level space it now occupies. Chef-owner Scott Zimmer’s menu focuses on contemporary American fare, with regular specials and a beefy lineup of steaks and chops (the grilled lamb chops are especially popular). Other crowd-pleasers include macadamia nut-crusted chicken with mango-lime butter and tropical fruit salsa, and penne with smoked gouda cream sauce, chicken and applewood-smoked bacon. If you’re just stopping by for a drink and a nibble, try one of the focaccia-dough flatbreads or something from the $5 snacks menu.