Robert's Top Area Picks

 

Robert's Top Area Favorites

 

1) Costco Wholesale

8400 W North Avenue

Melrose Park, IL 60160

(708) 397-2905

www.costco.com

 

I love shopping at Costco. Every trip to Costco is like a treasure hunt. Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing their members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.

 

Robert's Tip: Watch for prices the end with $0.97. That means the item has been discontinued and is clearance priced.

 

Trader Joe's

483 N. Harlem Avenue

Oak Park, IL 60301

(708) 386-1169

www.traderjoes.com

 

I can best describe Trader Joe's as Whole Foods quality at ALDI's prices. At Trader Joe's, you won't find a lot of branded items. Instead, you'll find unconventional and interesting products in the Trader Joe's label as well as everyday basics. They buy products they think are winners and that'll find a following among their customers. Sometimes it's a product they intend to stock as long as it sells well; and sometimes it's a product which is in limited supply and you won't find it again. It's all part of the shopping adventure at Trader Joe's.

 

Robert's Tip: Try the pink Himalayan salt. It is fun to look at and the flavor is intense. You'll never use plain table salt again.

 

Trattoria Peppino

7440 West North Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

(708) 453-2155

www.peppinotrattoria.com

 

If you love thin crusted pizza, this is the place. The crust is thin, crispy and delicious. They also have a full menu of standard italian cuisine, but I always go for the pizza.

 

Robert's Tip: Tuesday is half priced pizza day. Check out their other weekly specials if pizza isn't your thing.

 

Papaspiros Greek Taverna

733 Lake Street

Oak Park, IL 60301

708-358-1700

www.papaspiros.com

 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Papaspiros has the “best Greek food outside of Athens.” While I've never been to Athens, I can safely say the Papaspiros has the best Greek for I have tasted in the the Chicago area. Papa Spiros Greek Taverna, located in down town Oak Park and serves authentic Greek cuisine in a festive and friendly atmosphere. The menu includes light, Mediterranean style lunches, full course dinners, family style dinners, as well as banquet facilities and catering.

 

Robert's Tip: Try the Chicken Sharas. It's a full half chicken, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. It is really delicious and at $16.95, you'll have enough leftover for lunch tomorrow.

 

New Star Restaurant

7444 W North Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

 

(708) 453-8342

www.newstarrestaurant.com

 

New Star has been an Elmwood Park treasure since 1954. They offer a huge variety of Chinese delicacies from the regions of Canton, Szechwan and Hunan to name a few. They have great lunch specials and family style dinners to suit all tastes.

 

Robert's Tip: If you like it spicy, substitute the regular egg roll for the Hunan egg roll. When they say it's hot, they're not kidding.