Algonquin's Montarra Grill among top restaurants

ALGONQUIN – Thrillist, a men's digital lifestyle publication, has named Montarra Grill in Algonquin among its "12 Best Illinois Restaurants not in Chicago."

Thrillist's Chicago Editor Sean Cooley described the restaurant this way: "adorned with an authentic Chihuly chandelier, this modern-American restaurant truly looks and feels the part of a swanky Chicago hotspot, even though it's not in Chicago."

He recommended Montarra's "wet-aged steaks, seared lamb lollipops, bacon-wrapped dates" and "triple-cream brie and black truffle fondue."

For information on Montarra, 1491 S. Randall Road, call 847-458-0505 or visit

Other top restaurants not in Chicago were Zenwich in Elmhurst, 17th St Bar & Grill in Murphysboro, Abreo in Rockford, Bien Trucha in Geneva, D'Arcy's Pint in Springfield, One World Cafe in Peoria, Basil's Greek Dining in Aurora, Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Urbana, Gene & Jude’s in River Grove, White Fence Farm in Romeoville and Burt’s Place in Morton Grove.