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By Jenny Quill, GazeboNews reporter
Lake House is still a relative newcomer on the Lake Bluff dining scene, having taken over the space formerly occupied by Alek’s back in November. But the owner, Christian Khayat, is hardly new to the area, as his family has owned and operated Fatman Bowl on Rockland Avenue since 2003, along with several other restaurants scattered across Lake County, including the original Lake House in Lake Villa.
“My dad’s been in the restaurant business since 1981 and I’ve been in the business since I was 16,” said Khayat, a Lake Forest College graduate.
Lake House was truly a family effort, with Khayat’s wife and father helping to completely redesign the interiors. The transformed spaces are open and airy and feature a contemporary take on the nautical theme.
In keeping with the “in with the new, out with the old” theme, Khayat hired a new chef, formerly with Wildfire restaurant, to revamp the menu. The resulting menu features a little something for everyone, including soups and salads (including a full salad bar), sandwiches, ribs, fish, burgers and pasta. The restaurant’s signature items are its rotisserie dishes, while the artisan pizzas have also been popular with customers.
The “family-comfortable supper club,” as Khayat described it, is ideal for families, with a kids’ menu that includes such perennial favorites as cheese pizza, chicken nuggets and French fries and a grilled cheese sandwich. But the most popular item with little ones, said Khayat, is the peanut butter and jelly pizza, a baked pizza crust topped with—you guessed it—peanut butter and jelly.
Adults looking for a little grown-up time will find it in the bar, with its dozen or so flat-screen TVs and well-curated craft beer menu, which features 72 different bottled brews from Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Deschutes, Lakefront Brewery, and New Holland Brewing Company, among others, and 12 beers on draft.
Lake House runs a different special each day of the week, including an all-you-can-eat walleye fish fry on Fridays, kids eat free on Thursdays after 4 p.m. and prime rib on Saturdays. For additional specials, please see below.
Lake House, which can accommodate groups from two to 125, offers catering and banquet services.
Mondays: All-you-can-eat Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue ribs with soup and salad
Tuesdays: All-you-can-eat jumbo fried shrimp with soup and salad
Wednesdays: All-you-can-eat snow crab legs with soup and salad bar
Thursdays: Kids eat free after 4 p.m. (one free meal with each paying adult)
Fridays: All-you-can-eat walleye fish fry
Saturdays: Prime rib
Sundays: Brunch, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
St. Patrick’s Day specials, March 15 to 17: Homemade corned beef and cabbage ($11.95), buffet with soup and salad ($14.95), green beer ($2), Jameson shots ($5) and Irish car bombs ($5)
Easter and Mother’s Day brunch: Served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the brunch will include a full salad bar, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, French toast, hash browns, eggs Benedict, assorted coffee cakes and doughnuts and more. There will also be several stations, including stations for omelettes, waffles, meat carving, dessert and Champagne. Cost: Adults, $19.95; children under 10, $9.95; children under 3, free.
Lake House Lake Bluff, 525 Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff. 847-295-7140, www.lakehouselb.com