Local Places

These are a few local places I frequent. You should go too because they are good and you should support good, local places. Yes, some of these places need help with their SEO. I’m currently not handling the relationship the way I should be….


Cary Ale House –¬†The Cary Ale House is a gastro pub focusing on high quality food made from scratch daily in our kitchen.¬† All of our signature sauces accompanying the¬†menu¬†items are artfully designed and homemade bringing a unique and wonderful flavor profile for our guests to enjoy.¬† Besides the excellent food, we boast a selection of over 85 beers as well as a fully stocked bar with craft spirits, wine and hand-crafted specialty cocktails. They also do a great job brewing their own beers.

Dukes Ale House –¬†I took these local ingredients and used them in familiar dishes so guests could understand the difference between locally raised fresh food and conventional pre-packaged convenience items. My passion for local ingredients stemmed from my experience in fine dining restaurants. Being able to get heirloom and unique products picked at their peak freshness was exciting and I soon learned that I couldn‚Äôt serve it any other way. Having this close relationship with my food products and the farmers that grew them helped me understand the effort that goes into these products and I wanted to provide those products to my customers in an unpretentious way.

Daily Projects –¬†Join us for coffee, a meal, or simply for a good conversation. We‚Äôd also like to open up the floor and allow you to tell us what Daily Projects means to you- whether it‚Äôs your office, your getaway, or just your favorite place to stop by before work

Village Pizza –¬†Village Pizza and Pub has been serving the Fox Valley for 40 years. 2018 is a special year for both of our locations and we want to thank all of our customers new & old for helping us reach this milestone!

Nicks Pizza –¬†We are¬† family-friendly restaurants in Crystal Lake and Elgin,¬†serving award-winning thin-crust Chicago pizza any way you want it ‚Äď in our dining room, or through carry out or delivery! Having an upcoming celebration? Let our catering service deliver Nick‚Äôs delicious pizza, Italian beef, pasta, and other fabulous foods to your door!

Bubs Subs –¬†We promise to take FRESH to a whole new level. ALL of our produce is hand selected from local Fresh Markets. We bake REAL Italian Bread FRESH all day long. ALL of our sauces are Homemade from Scratch. BUBS SUBS serves the highest quality HAND SLICED Meats & Cheeses. We brown our own minimally processed Turkey Breast every day. BUBS SUBS famous Italian Beef is Hand Trimmed & Roasted FRESH Daily, & it is carefully sliced thin for the BEST Flavor & Tenderness. Don‚Äôt forget to try our very own Homemade Hot Giardiniera if you like a little kick with BIG Flavor!!!

Dairy Mart – No better ice cream shop around.

Bistro Wasabi –¬†Bistro Wasabi is a locally owned restaurant established in 2000. We’re a unique blend of traditional sushi with Mexican, Korean, and French-inspired appetizers, entr√©es, and desserts. If you’re a sushi lover, you’ll be amazed by our sushi and¬†maki¬†creations. We’re known for our broiled steaks and chops as well as our charbroiled New York steak.

Village Squire –¬†The Village Squire Restaurants have been a part of the Fox Valley since 1974, family owned & operated. Originally built in 1958, the Squire is an English pub-style casual dining restaurant, featuring live music and a cozy, unique atmosphere. Great place, and atmosphere.

Butcher on the Block – I like meat. He has the best.

Country Donuts –¬†Country Donuts is a locally owned and operated business. Started in 1976, we have grown and succeeded where others have failed. Our motto is easy to state: Serve fresh donuts and good coffee in a clean and friendly environment. Also pushing the best apple cider donuts around.

Hockey Rinks

Crystal Lake Ice House

Leafs Ice Center


Moonscape Landscape Illumination –¬†Moonscape Landscape Illumination is a family owned company which has been designing, installing, maintaining and enhancing outdoor lighting systems across Chicagoland for over 25 years. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to provide elegant landscape lighting to my home.