Prairie Grass Cafe

(847) 205-4433 | View Website

601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL | Directions   60062

42.141625 -87.793072

Open Hours

Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

 
Restaurants, New American, Traditional American  more

Price: $$$

Tags: Brunch, Date Spot, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Online Reservations

Payment Methods: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe
Menu
Tempura Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail, Soup of the Day, Guacamole, Spicy Chicken Wings with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Greek Fries, Veggie Ranch Plate, Balsamic Glazed "River Valley Ranch" Portobellos and Gruyere Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Chives and Cucumber, Skirt Steak Salad with Avocado, Roasted Peppers, Red Onion, Tortilla Strips; Avocado-Lime Dressing... more

Reviews for Prairie Grass Cafe

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

avoid this place – OK my red wine came in a white wine glass and when asked why I was told that they only serve red wine in a red wine glass when you order a bottle or if you 'ask' for it. I actually saw the lady at the table next to me be served white wine in a red wine glass. Also the lightly breaded pork cutlets were heavily breaded and swimming in butter and olive oil.

To be fair the corn fritters were good as was the heirloom salad.

The restaurant is good for those that do not know what a good restaurant is.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Nice decor, food bad – Stopped in on a Sunday night while driving around trying to find someplace to eat with a group because I had seen this in the Trib. Bad call on my part.

First the title "cafe" is misleading as this is not priced as a cafe.

The interior was very nice and inviting.

OK I will start with what I got; the citrus marinated beet "salad" and the pate. To be considered a "salad" you need more than 2 slices of beets. While they were about the radius of an apple it was still only 2 slices. Also the color was PINK, my first reaction was "who ordered the Tuna?' , I had to look very close and poked it several times to finally determine it was the beet salad. Probably the most disappointing item I have ever eaten at any restaurant ever! The pate was unoriginal and uninspiring in taste and presentation.

Next would be their signature dish the "un-traditional" sheperds pie. As I watched my brother pull out large pieces of fat from this dish and as he struggled to finish off 1/3 of the dish saying it was very boring and just plain inedible we just questioned how this could be the signature dish. And at $17 not a cheap doorstop.

My mother had the "burger", which came with no bun. It was a very large patty w/cheese and came with a very large grocery store tomato (I know because I at it, no taste) slightly roasted, and 2 large potato wedges. She said she would rather of had a Wendy's burger or the burger we had at Mimi's Cafe the next day.

The smoked salmon pizza was declared very good but that was no surprize since no cooking was actually involved. Also the phyllo wrapped spinach was declared very good.

Overall I would never go back again and will recommend to all my friends to avoid this place. Very disappointing.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Overpriced and underwhelming – Such a disappointment. I'd wanted to go to PG for some time, so this was my choice for my birthday. We were able to get reservations the day of for 7pm.

I had the crab cake as an appetizer. One very small crabcake of no real crab taste, covered with something orangey red of no particular taste, accompanied by a cucumber salad on the side. The crabcake had no texture. Just a lightly fried blob. The cucumber salad was good, tho it had way too much cilantro. I should have sent this back, now that I think about it. A single small crab cake that costs over 10 dollars should look and taste like a crab cake and look nice on the plate.

Our entrees were flet mignon and NY strip, both accompanied by a some onion, a tiny bowl of sauce, and twice baked potatoes. The steaks were tender, tasteless and dry. I couldn't tell any difference between the filet and the NY strip-one would like the NY strip to have a little more chew, some character, some texture. They could also have been served hotter, right off the grill.The sauce was something brown, liquid and salty tasting. The onion was...some mushy onion pieces. The twice baked potato was nearly inedible-made way too many hours earlier and reheated. For those magnificent entrees, we paid 29 dollars each.

The overall theme of this meal was lack of texture. The ' fried 'crab cake was a tan colored blob, the meat had no slightly crusty exterior, the onions were mushy, even the potato was over processed. Not one thing I had was well done.

I had the muk muk because it was my birthday. Was ok, again, lacking in texture.

Service was exceptional, but very speedy. No lingering and savoring at PG. Not that you'd want to because the place is incredibly loud.

Next time we'll just go to a chain....The Cheesecake Factory would have been tasty and half the price.Or Morton's, which would have been the same price with good food.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Awesome everything!! – The owners Sarah and George have really created a fabulous restaurant. The service the food the fabulous hostess. The skirt steak is to die for and Sarah's Moms pies are out of this word. There isn't anyting I didn't like at Prairie Grass Cafe. Oh yes I know - We need one in Chicago!!! THANK YOU for a great meal!

Recommends
over a year ago

New American fare emphasizing seasonally available ingredients takes shape at this Northbrook restaurant. – In Short
Chestnut brown tones, exposed brick and wood-topped tables set a welcoming, rustic feel in this family-friendly restaurant in Northbrook. The contemporary American menu hops from seafood with appetizers like crispy rolls filled with ahi tuna to earthy meat-based entrees such as lamb sausage with sweet fennel over grilled vegetables and an ancho-marinated skirt steak over white beans and rainbow Swiss chard. A la carte sides include sauteed mushrooms, steamed broccoli and french fries.

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Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

User review by steferin – This restaurant is obviously doing something right. It is packed to the gills night after night. The food is always simply attractive and delivers above and beyond our expectations. The value for such an eclectic menu done so well is unsurpassed in my experience as a foodie in Chicago. Service at the PGC is always very friendly even in circumstances where my guests make very extensive requests to change menu items. Overall, this is one heck of a concept and is definitely worth a drive out to the 'burbs.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Huge Disappointment! – We spent 1 hour, 45 minutes before our entrees were served, during which time we were basicly ignored. 2 orders had to be changed because they were out of them by our 7:30 reservation. The waitress and the manager/owner put the blame on us because we ordered our appetizers before our entrees, which is fairly standard practice, and kicked us out when we asked for an apology instead of a free dessert as compensation for the mistakes that caused such a negative dining experience. The food was mediocre, and definately not good enough to make up for such rude staff!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Review Prairie Grass Cafe – This retaurant serves excellent food. The first day brunch was served the service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. It is also very family friendly. There is a nearby free lot. also.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Heaven-sent American comfort food from ex-Ritz Carlton chefs takes the North Shore by storm. – The Scene
North Shore-birds flock to this jam-packed outpost of casual civility with a modernized Prairie School feel. The wood and stone dining room is divided from the bar by hypnotic nature scenes on plasma TVs. The food is nothing short of heavenly; uneven service is decidedly earthbound.

The Food
Ex-Ritz Carlton chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris may be overqualified for comfort food, even if it's billed as contemporary American--but some superlative results could reduce you to tears. Signature un-traditional shepherd's pie with butternut squash, parsnip, and potato gratin over braised beef and Swiss chard is deceptively simple and entirely soul-satisfying. The crispy half boneless chicken has no right to be so moist and flavorful, and its sidekick of sweet potato puree with homemade marshmallow topping is pure decadence. And Mom's pies really are (Elizabeth Stegner)--don't miss the cloud of banana cream with a crust the angels would envy.

 

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