Batavia’s Restaurant Madness
Restaurant Madness Week is Sun., March 22 to Thurs., March 26. This year, 28 local restaurants are participating with traditional American, Mex-Tex, Thai, Argentinian and Italian fare. There are specialty shops for ice cream, coffee, appetizers and fast food favorites. Every restaurant has something special that sets them apart from the rest. Most importantly, these businesses play a critical role in the vitality of the Batavia community. Beyond the 20% discount during restaurant week, many donate to local charities, support school programs and participate in local events.
Some restrictions may apply for the 20% discount (many require a $10 minimum purchase, dine-in only).
Acquaviva—35 N. Water St.
With a courtyard view of Depot Pond, this is the third restaurant for a family owned business that boasts an 85 acre winery in Maple Park. Recommended: the stuffed pizza is worth the wait.
Apple Villa—1961 W. Wilson St.
Traditional breakfast and lunch fare with the best baked apple pancake in town.
Bar Evolution—27 N. River St.
For cocktails and appetizers, this is the place to go. Recommended: a feature cocktail and flatbread. Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
4 N. Island Ave.
Arguably the best ice cream in Kane County. Generous servings, ever-changing varieties, “happy” service. Delicious and fun. Recommended: overly generous shake or malt.
Brianna’s Pancake House—
10 N. Island Ave.
Traditional breakfast and lunch. Larger tables (6+ seating) make it an ideal place to bring the whole family.
Bocaditos Café—109 E. Wilson St.
Authentic Argentine Café. Experience Argentine cuisine like empanadas, baked flaky turnovers offered with an assortment of traditional fillings.
Burrito Parilla Mexicana—76 S. Randall Rd.
Step inside and watch them craft a Mexican dish that won’t disappoint. Recommended: burrito (they stake their name on them).
Chapters Coffee House
and Cafe—10 S. Batavia Ave.
Nestled in the entrance corner of Batavia Public Library, Chapters offers coffee, smoothies, sandwiches (to name a few). Check out a book, then check out Chapters.
Crabby Boil—220 Randall Rd.
You don’t have to head south to get the authentic flavors of New Orleans. Crabby Boil has the freshest seafood and all the flavors you crave.
Menu: crabby boil.com
Crosstown Pub and Grill—
1890 Mill St.
They say their wings are “famous.” You’ll believe it once you try them. This “neighborhood pub” is the place to meet with friends, enjoy finger food, and just have a great time.
Daddio’s Diner—134 W. Wilson St.
If a visitor to Batavia asks, “Where do locals go to eat?” tell them Daddio’s Diner. This intimate nostalgic diner features delicious short order plates in a home town atmosphere. Recommended: “No Way Jose.”
Denny’s—521 N. Wilson St.
Some things never change. At Denny’s, you always know what you’re going to get…and it’s always good…24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recommended: the new “Beyond Burger.”
East China Inn (downtown location)—140 W. Wilson
This is Chinese food at its best…at the best price. The service is fast, the atmosphere relaxing. Recommended: It’s hard to beat the lunch combination specials at under $8.
El Taco Grande—6 N. River St.
New owner, same delicious food. Why? Because Jose Olvera, the restaurant’s chef for 17 years, bought the restaurant last year. His passion for serving the finest hasn’t wavered.
Enticing Cuisine—12 S. Water St.
There is no better place for catering. It’s all they do. Chef/owner Jason Stoffels will give your event the personal attention rarely found in the catering business.
Recommended: Wednesday ToGo Specials.
Gammon Coach House—
3 S. Batavia Ave.
This cozy restaurant/pub features comfort food and an eclectic selection of craft beers. Names like “Alter Swedda Wedda” and “Polyanna Lite Reading” add a little mystery to a craft brew adventure.
Recommended: ask and explore.
Beer menu: gammoncoachhouse.com/ourbeers
Jimmy John’s—9 N. Randall Rd.
It’s great having a Jimmy John’s in town. Great sandwiches prepared in seconds, delivered in minutes. What’s not to like. Recommended: 9-grain wheat sub.
Limestone Coffee and Tea—
8 W. Wilson St.
Co-owners Leah Leman and Joy Mason bought this business last year and quickly turned it into Batavia’s go to coffee house. Inviting, relaxing, welcoming…perfect for a cup of coffee or tea alone, or for a quick meeting. Recommended: quiche of the day.
Pal Joey’s—2030 Main St.
Food critics praise Pal Joey’s pizza. Their new location off Randall and Main offers spacious relaxing dining in a casual atmosphere. Party rooms are available.
Recommended: Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
River’s Edge Bar and Grill—
12 N. River St.
In just a few years, new owner Melissa Monna has breathed new life into this Batavia mainstay with dishes that will exceed your expectations and a warmth that will bring you back again and again.
Reommended: anything with their house-smoked bacon.
Riverside Pizza and Pub—
142 W. Wilson St.
It’s new. It’s trendy. Kinda, sorta a sports bar. But what’s especially reassuring is that the food lives up to the upscale décor. Sit back and enjoy while you try to imagine this was once Walgreens.
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant and Taqueria—
107 N. Batavia Ave.
Authentically Mexican, yet modern. This family-owned business is growing fast. The high-quality experience in a fast-food setting must have something to do with it. Recommended: tacos.
Taco Urbano—200 N. Randall Rd.
It’s inside the PRIDE/BP Store. A perfect stop for a good meal on the go. Add a regular drink and small chips and salsa to your order for just $1.99.
TGI Friday’s—490 N. Randall Rd.
A favorite dining experience for a friends’ get together. The extensive menu has something to satisfy just about any palette. Recommended: whiskey-glazed ribs.
Taqueria El Sazon—
8 N. Island Ave.
This popular and highly rated Mexican Restaurant is right next to Batavia Creamery and a popular stop for very casual, reasonably priced family dining.
Tribella Grill—1900 Mill St.
This Italian-American bistro reflects its Italian heritage with white-linen-topped tables, leather upholstered booth and Venetian walls. A perfect setting for a nice dinner with a touch of class.
Recommended: any of their Italian specialties with a glass of Italian wine.
Tusk Thai—102 N. River Street
Celebrating 10 years in Batavia, Tusk Thai delivers the renowned bold flavors found in authentic Thai cuisine. Chef Nualprang Lalam has been head chef of several restaurants over the last 30 years.
Recommended: any of their stir frys.
Wendy’s—1905 W. Wilson St.
Wendy’s participation in Restaurant Week is notable. This massive fast food chain gives welcome support to local causes. Besides, they have the best fast-food burgers in town.
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