As a frequent diner at Philly G’s located near the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, when I heard that owner Phil Gilardi was taking over a business in Mundelien that seemed to have changes of owners and names on a regular basis, I know that the Village of Mundelein had at last foud the right party to make this a focal point and a “destination” spot.
While “Philly G’s: is an upscale restaurant ( but at affordable prices), Tavern on 60 ( the new name) is a “sports bar”, but as the sign and menus state- “Sports Dining Redefined”. How do you do that? Well first of all, you bring in a partner who truly knows the sports bar business, and so Phil brought in Dave Pedersen who has a fine sports bar in Hoffman Estates called “1st Place Spiorts Bar and Grill”. I have not visited there yet, but after watching him meet and greet the large crowd that embraced Tavern on 60 during the ” Big Game” ( we are not allowed to say the real name, so we use “Big Game”- wow! isn’t that Super?), I knew that he had just the same type of vibrant personality as Phil, so diners will certainly have a great time at this spot, no matter which of the men is present.
The entire staff, despite it being a crazed day with raffles, give-aways and all types of fans rooting for their team, the noise level never reached an uncomfortable place and the large TV screens made it easy to watch the game and festivities with no problem.
The menu is a little different than most “sports bars” in that everything is NOT fried ( thank the Lord) and we tried many of the menu items, enjoying each and every one. Our plates were as clean as clean can get. Since it was the “big game”, we all enjoyed a drink and the wines and my martini were sheer perfection. The food was something else. I must say that the items served to us “exceeded my expectations”!
We had delicious crab cakes ( the appetizer portion was huge, serving three of us with no problem. We also enjoyed something very unusual Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls, an amazing open face egg roll filled with the sandwich fixings of a Philly Cheese Steak- probably the biggest hit a the table. We also enjoyed some sliders- we did the assorted- Meatball, Italian Beef and the amazing Beef Brisket- wow!
Of course, typical “bar” items such as chips and Guacamole and onion rings as well as Buffalo Chippers,Chilli, Chicken Fingers,Avocado Fries ( a delight) and something unique, Fried-MacN-Cheese ( to die for). We also had to try another very special item on their sandwich menu, Lobster Grilled Cheese, a 4oz Lobster tail tossed with Panko breadcrumbs, pan sautéed, nestled between grilled Texas toast with a special remoulade sauce- this was the last item that we partook in and was the crowing glory of a wonderful dining experience.
There are so many other items on the menu that I am going back for- they have entrees, sandwiches, paninis, Pizza and a complete Children’s Menu ( yes, a sports bar that is “Family Friendly” as well as salads and soups and nightly specials which you will find online at www.tavernon60.com
Tavern on 60 is located at 330 Townline Road ( which by the way is Route 60) in Mundelein ( just west of Vernon Hills and west of Route 45) with lots of free parking. The phone number is 847-566-1111. They have high tables, booths low tables and specials for the family, so why not make Tavern on 6o your destination once you have been there you will want to return- great food, friendly atmosphere and family friendly prices. Enjoy!