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Port Edward Restaurant

20 W. Algonquin Rd.
Algonquin  Illinois  60102
United States
(847) 658-5441
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    - Katherine Rodeghier
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Midwest Living Review

Katherine Rodeghier
This destination restaurant on the Fox River offers unusual dining rooms and fine (and pricey) cuisine.

Port Edward isn't just a place for a good meal, it's an experience. Bring Grandma, bring the kids, your best girl, your friends everyone will enjoy it. The many dining rooms are decorated with nautical artifacts from the founder's collection, some gathered through his work as a deep-sea diver: Harpoons, hatch covers from World War II ships, diving helmets and cannons. Each room has a different atmosphere, and there are several specialty rooms. Some are quite unusual, such as the 25-foot Great Lakes sailboat that floats in an indoor koi pond and seats four in its cabin. (Reservations for this room open in October for the following year, and they go fast.) A 1920s windmill also has seating for four, as does the Secret Room, accessed by ladder. In summer, you can dine outdoors along the river. The menu is heavy on delicious seafood and a bit pricey. We tried two appetizers: oysters Rockefeller ($12.99) and clams casino ($9.99). Then we ordered Hemingway's trout, a boned whole trout stuffed with bacon and green onions, made according to Ernest Hemingway's recipe ($22.99). Delicious. Other signature entrees include lobster Edwardo with battered and fried medallions of lobster tail ($57.99) and bouillabaisse ($44.99). A fixed-price menu offers four courses for $17.99 and an international seafood buffet is offered on Fridays ($36.99 for adults). The wine cellar stocks 3,500 bottles and has earned a Wine Spectator Award. Port Edward is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, dinner on Saturday, brunch and dinner on Sunday. A comedy club operates on Thursday nights.

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