Food on the Trail: Part 1

Everyone’s number one concern when exercising on bike trails is where to stop for food? Taking a break to get a drink and something to eat is a welcome part of a day on the trail. Below are a list of restaurants that are located in the Carpentersville/East Dundee/West Dundee communities along the trail.

Carpentersville Community

Trail Dawgs
37 E. Main Street
Carpentersville, IL

East Dundee Community

Rosie Ohare’s Pub
702 Water Street
East Dundee, IL

Benedict’s Eggs & More                                                                                               
8 S. River Street
East Dundee, IL

Measuring Cup
217 Barrington Avenue
East Dundee, IL

Diamond Jim’s
325 Meier Street
East Dundee, IL

304 N. River Street
East Dundee, IL

River Lee’s Pub
6 E. Main Street
East Dundee, IL

Van’s Frozen CustardVans
16 E. Main Street
East Dundee, IL

Dairy Queen
15 E Main Street
East Dundee, IL
(847) 428-2443

South Elgin Community

97 N La Fox St
South Elgin, IL 60177

Mary’s Corner Tap Inc
304 Mill St
South Elgin, IL 60177

210 N La Fox St
South Elgin, IL 60177

Wee-Dee’s Restaurant
3 N La Fox St
South Elgin, IL 60177

375 E State St
South Elgin, IL 60177

West Dundee Community

Emmett’s Ale House
128 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL

Francesca’s Campagna Restaurant
127 W. Main StreetWest Dundee, IL

Around the Corner Candy
99 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL

The Village Squire
125 Washington Street
West Dundee, IL

My personal favorites are Van’s Frozen Custard, The Measuring Cup, Emmett’s Ale House, and Around the Corner Candy. Van’s is the best custard that I have ever had. It’s a laid back restaurant that not only has custard but all the toppings you could wish for. They also have a daily flavor of the day. The Measuring Cup has great brunch options and is perfect for a Summer morning bike ride. Emmett’s provides fantastic late night drinks with a cozy pub feel complete with the brewing process on display for onlookers. Lastly, Around the Corner has the best fudge I have had in a good long while. They recently moved to their new location so they have even more room for their goodies!

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