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Family-owned Lake House Lake Bluff is proudly “old school,” said Christian Khayat, who manages and operates the nearly four year-old establishment that recalls the heyday of the supper club.
“Most of our staff are 20-year veterans (with the longtime restauranteurs),” Khayat said. “We know our customers’ names, where they like to sit and what they like to drink. We cater to a lot of repeat business.”
A recent visit during Sunday Brunch seems representative of the inclusive, come-as-you-are vibe, with football fans cheering on a game in the bar lounge, a group in matching t-shirts who participated in a charity walkathon and families enjoying made-to-order omelets and waffles while concert pianist Susan Wright provided background music.
The Khayat family, led by parents Chris, a former plumber and real estate agent, and Twyla, has been in the restaurant business for more than three decades. The family also owns Lake House in Lake Villa and Primo, Fatman Pizza Pub and Chicago Woodfire Pizza Co. in Gurnee. The restaurants are a family affair.
Khayat’s brother, Elliott, and sister-in-law Nicole are partners, as is his wife, Krista. Even their two young children, Christian and Annalise, like to get into the act.
“They love making pizzas,” Khayat said with a laugh. “We love pleasing the public. We pride ourselves on consistency, cleanliness and creating excellent food.”
On the menu: The wide-ranging bill of fare spans appetizers, wraps and salads, broasted and rotisserie chicken — “We roast about 300 chickens a week,” Khayat said — burgers and sandwiches, seafood, prime rib, steak and barbecue ribs. Pizzas include a deep-dish Chicago-style incarnation as well as a thin, crisp Wisconsin-style pie, a Khayat recipe. The restaurant offers children’s and gluten-free menus.
What’s on tap?: The lounge area, with flat screen TVs, video games and a Thursday night trivia contest, features 18 beers on tap and more than 100 craft beers from across the country. There are 32 different wines on the menu.
Philosophy: Khayat describes it as a meld between an upscale family dining aesthetic with a “Cheers” bar atmosphere. “Come for the food, stay for the fun,” he said. “Everything is fresh and made-to-order. We create our dishes in small batches. Our seafood is delivered daily and is never frozen. We have an Italian chef (Joe Pizzano) who makes all of our sauces and dressings.”
What’s new?: Lake House Lake Bluff participates in Uber Eats. The newly remodeled banquet room can accommodate family events and corporate functions. Love, a Beatles cover band, has joined the weekend rotation of live entertainment that includes Susan Wright and jazz band Ron Barron and Friends.
Price range: Designated “customer favorites” across the menu include the Mile High Chicken Nacho Platter appetizer for $12, the Chopped Rotisserie Salad for $13, Blackened Tilapia for $14, a four-piece broasted chicken dinner for $15.95, walnut-crusted halibut for $28, a 7-oz. filet for $31, build-your-own pizza $15 for 16-inch cheese, and the towering chocolate cake for $9 (all desserts feed four people).
Daily specials include all-you-can-eat ribs on Monday for $21.95, Friday night fish fry for $16.95 and Sunday brunch for $19.95.
Logistics: Lake House Lake Bluff is located at 525 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Saturday. Sunday Brunch is served between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 847-295-7140 or see www.lakehouserestaurants.com.
Donald Liebenson is a freelance reporter for the News-Sun.
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