A friend of mine pointed out—Restaurant Week is basically a season, and I feel it should be a national holiday. Anything food related deserves to be celebrated right? RIGHT?! Anyways, McHenry County Restaurant Week is coming up… February 22 through March 3! There are so many awesome restaurants that are going to have some pretty great specials, which obviously means it’s a pretty great time to treat that special person in your life! I have a couple of options on where you should eat and drink in McHenry County for Restaurant Week
Thank you to Visit McHenry County for inviting me to these restaurants! All opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
Broken Oar Marina and Restaurant
First option is the Broken Oar in Port Barrington, Illinois. It has a marina attached that offers a beautiful view from the skydeck, and overall has a casual vibe which is perfect for lunch! I love a meal with a view, so I always opt for a patio or deck whenever I can! Broken Oar’s skydeck is heated, but it did get a little chilly with employees and patrons opening up the side door to go outside. Layers are still important!
I opted for the Buffalo Mac, pictured above, and I was in love! I’m obsessed with any place that has mac & cheese on the menu, and Broken Oar had five options to choose from! Their menu was quite vast to begin with, offering pastas, burgers, flatbreads, sandwiches, wraps, etc! There’s a little something for everyone. The Buffalo Mac had American, cheddar, and mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, and topped with bread crumbs and bleu cheese crumbles!
My dad opted for the Broken Burger, and if you can’t tell from the image—it was MASSIVE. The Angus beef burger was topped with American & jack cheeses, grilled onions, mushroom, and oar sauce on a brioche bun. My dad loves trying the signature/name sake burgers at different places, and he absolutely raved about the oar sauce on this burger! The waiter mentioned that the burgers are designed with lots of flavor and sauces so there’s no need to add ketchup or mustard! (And why would you?!)
My mother chose the Island Flatbread at Broken Oar, and you know I definitely snagged a bite of this! You can choose grilled chicken or shrimp, and it’s topped with red pepper, mango salsa, bbq sauce, mozzarella and cheddar. I loved how well the flavors of the bbq sauce and mango salsa played together. Perfect combination, and overall a top notch restaurant choice for McHenry County’s Restaurant Week!
The next option is Uprooted, located in McHenry, Illinois. Uprooted is a chic and classy restaurant, which I’d highly recommend as a date night option during McHenry County’s Restaurant Week!
At Uprooted, it was my turn to have a delicious flatbread! I chose the Feta Pesto Flatbread: pesto, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and feta! It was light, yet still filling. I’ve really gotten into fresh tomatoes on my flatbreads and pizzas after my trip to Italy last year, and this really curbed that craving! Pair it with a glass of wine, and it’s a perfect date night entree during Restaurant Week!
My mother’s choice was the Salmon Fillet: Norwegian sustainable salmon, seasonal veggies, and basil couscous. I’m not a fan of fish, but I loved this salmon. It tasted super fresh and without a fishy aftertaste!
My father’s choice was the Bucatini Pasta with shaved fresh parmesan (YUM) with Italian sausage. (dad’s choice!) You really can’t go wrong with a classic pasta dish. Even better that there was so much meat on it! No skimping here.
Once the waiter at Uprooted showed us the beautiful dessert shooter samplers, we couldn’t resist saying YES! Now, these dessert flavors do switch up according to our waiter, but I still wanted to show off these dessert sampler shooters! Left to right: Oreo, Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Kiwi, and Oreo (because I’m obsessed). They’re perfect for sharing, and the four between us three was perfect! I’m sure you know which one was my favorite..