397 W. Virginia St.
Crystal Lake Illinois 60014United States
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All-American fine dining at good prices with a strong wine list is what you get at 1776 Restaurant.
An established Crystal Lake restaurant, 1776 Restaurant has cooked up all-American delish fare. Husband-and-wife team Terrie and G. Andrew Andresky own 1776 (the Andresky family has owned it for 25 years). Andy is a wine expert who has taught wine classes at Chicago-area colleges, writes a weekly newspaper wine column and hosts a wine cable TV show. He stocks an impressive wine cellar offering up to 30 selections (25 percent off wines on Mondays). Terrie is a nurse and helps with the day-to-day management. The reasonably priced, extensive menu is as American as the unassuming restaurant's patriotic folk art-studded atmosphere and name. Interesting appetizers include Indian wild game meat sticks and smoked fish (trout, salmon and tilapia) along with standby salads, crab cakes and shrimp. We recommend the chili, flight of three soups and forest mushroom soup. Dinner entrees include chops, steaks, fish, pasta, lamb, pizza and vegetarian offerings ($16-27 includes dinner salad); children's menu is $6. Two weekends in August the restaurant features their 100-Mile Sustainable Dinner, featuring foods made and sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant, $36 per person. Those who walk or bike to the restaurant get their first drink on the house. Also in August, the restaurant hosts their family bread-making class with a lunch ($20 adult, $15 child).