Chessie’s Restaurant in Barrington, Illinois offers casual dining in an upscale setting. The restaurant offers contemporary selections for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
Chessie’s is built around Barrington’s former train station and features a vintage Illinois Central Railroad dining car. Chessie’s has a comfortable atmosphere and award winning menu, from appetizers to full course meals.
Chessie’s is located in the Ice House Mall in Barrington. The original structure was built is 1904 for Bowman Dairy and served as an actual ice house for 68 years. Today, the Ice House Mall houses a collection of unique shops and locally owned businesses. Chessie’s restaurant site on the west end of the mall. The restaurant is named after the Chesapeake-Ohio Railroad. The early 1900’s train station includes a vintage Pullman dining car.
We entered Chessie’s from the west side entrance of the mall. There was a host station right at the entrance of the restaurant. The host was at the station, and escorted to to a table in the train car.
There are three separate dining areas in Chessie’s. The bar is a spacious room with a big polished wood bar where local businesspeople gather. There are several heavy wood tables in the room, for people who want to dine in the bar room. There is a dining area with a more open feel, with high ceiling . The dining car is an actual railroad car, with a row of tables along the two walls of the train car. The train car has the coziest atmosphere of the their dining areas.
The tables are set with tablecloths and silverware in rolled cloth napkins. The server came and took our drink orders. We each ordered a glass of red wine.
A bus person brought a small loaf of warm bread on a small bread-board with a knife. We sliced the bread and began to eat it with butters.
The menu has an excellent selection of American entrees. There are sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, poultry and other entrees. We were there for lunch, so we were ordering from the lunch menu. One of Chessie’s specialties are their beef hamburgers, which are thick and generously sized. Chessie’s fresh seafood is flown in daily.
My companion ordered a main dish salad with chicken, greens, oriental rice noodles and oriental sweet tangy dressing. I ordered a lunch special, which was salmon with a sweet potato crust..
The meals were freshly prepared and tasted excellent. My companion’s salad came in a large bowl, with fresh lettuce and greens. She said the flavor was excellent. My salmon was prepared perfectly, cooked just right,, with a tasty crust that complemented the fish. The rich red wines went well with our lunch entrees.
The service was attentive, with the serving checking upon us often enough to make sure we had everything we needed.
We really enjoyed our meal at Chessie’s. The menu has a variety of selections, making it suitable for many tastes. Prices on the menu ranged from around $8 to $15. The American style food was freshly prepared and innovative.
Shoppers enjoy visiting the shops at the mall. The locally owned business feature a variety of upscale goods for discerning customers. Shops offer children’s apparel accessories & toys, apparel, accessories, furnishings and gifts. The Sanctuary Salon & Spa offers beauty services.
The Ice House Mall is located on Applebee Street, off of Main Street, west of Hwy. 59. The nearest landmark is Jewel Foods, which is just east of the mall.
Barrington, Illinois is an exclusive northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Barrington is aboiut 35 miles away from the City of Chicago.
The Ice House Mall