Restaurant Rave: Standard Market Grill, Westmont
Posted by Kate Seiferth | 6/23/2014 | Category: Restaurant Raves
Looking for a place to grab lunch before grocery shopping? Standard Market in Westmont is your one-stop-shop for a quality meal and groceries in the Western suburbs. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Standard Market Grill $$, Westmont
333 E Ogden Ave Westmont, IL 60559
Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis
If you haven’t tried Standard Market Grill yet, put it at the top of your list. The restaurant, located inside the Standard Market grocery store, has yet to disappoint. The restaurant is one of three in the area. The others being located on Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park and on Aurora Avenue in Naperville.
One of my favorite dishes is the Buddha Bowl. Along with all of the other menu items you can taste the freshness from start to finish of each ingredient. This is a bowl filled with brown rice, seasonal market vegetables, and peanuts all topped with a peanut ginger glaze. You have your choice of adding more vegetables, tofu, chicken, steak, tuna, or salmon.
However, this is just one of many, many choices on the menu. There are a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and seasonal options. Beverages choices are not limited to Coke or Pepsi products but include smoothies, juices, and a plethora of high-end wine and beer.
Place your order at the counter and the very attentive wait staff brings your order out to the table. While you wait you have your choice of water infused by fruits and vegetables such as raspberries and cucumbers. When you are done with your meal you and every member of your party are served a small, warmed brownie or cookie from the bakery.
Which brings me to the bakery, after your meal, even if you don’t need groceries, I highly encourage you to walk around the store. The produce section is the equivalent of the world’s best farmers market and just around the corner is the bakery with cakes, tarts, and cookies galore.
Although this is an extremely popular place for lunch or dinner, make sure to keep it in mind when thinking of places to grab a drink after work or on the weekends. The wine shop, located at the back of the store complete with patio seating, is a great place to unwind and taste some wine paired with cheeses from all over the world. The staff is very helpful when making a decision and eager to offer any suggestions they may have.
If you really love it, make sure to join the Cellar Club where you will get monthly tastings and your choice of three favorite wines to bring home. Standard Market and Standard Market Grill are more than places to just shop and eat. Each customer is guaranteed a great experience with each visit.