Try to leave room for dessert – if possible. There’s nothing like ending a satisfying meal with something sweet and a solid cup of coffee. We went with a chocolate timbale (small pan cake), but all of the choices had us captivated. Trust me, force it if you have to.
According to Trevino, food is the art at 1776, and she will not settle for anything less than exceptional quality and locally farm-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Not because that’s all she likes, but because she feels the community deserves it. With the addition on the menu of many dishes prepared in ways sensitive to common food allergies, such as gluten, and other dietary restrictions, 1776 also is meeting the needs of many diners that typically can’t enjoy a meal in a restaurant without risks. 1776 pays strict attention to ingredients, as well as to preparation so cross contamination is a noni-issue for those with dietary restrictions.
I’m already impressed with the current version of 1776, but also can’t wait to experience what comes next as the restaurant continues its transition and transformation, all while knowing it will stay true to its roots. Reservations are recommended.
• Restaurant reviews are based on an anonymous visit. The Northwest Herald only publishes reviews of restaurants it recommends.
If you go
Where: 397 W. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; and 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday
Information: 815-356-1776 or www.1776restaurant.com