Rise and Dine, Wheeling, Illinois

Rise and Dine is a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois. The staff were very friendly and accomodating which made up for some short comings in terms of accessibility and an issue with the restroom.

There was simple handicapped parking that was close to the entrance and there was sufficient room for wheelchair loading. It was easy to access the curb cut. The path to the door was a little bumpy. There was sufficient room between the doors leading to an ample waiting area.
The restroom was well lit but it was difficult to navigate to the restroom. There was potential scalding risk in the bathroom which was marked but still could put people at risk.
The menu was cluttered, busy and had small print making it hard to read. However, the restaurant was willing to make substitutions with many vegetarian choices. The portions were very generous. They were very aware of food allergies and they were willing to wipe down surfaces to make the food preparation safe from food allergies. There were gluten free or casein free choices. The food was good. Their awareness of food allergies was impressive.
I visited near closing time so there were not many people. The noise level at this time was low and it was easy to hold a conversation. The restaurant had two levels and steps. The interior of the restaurant was accessible in one part of the dining room but not throughout, and the aisles in the restaurant were narrow. The table was able to easily accomodate my chair. I felt comfortable with the ambiance of the restaurant and the staff treated me well. I would likely return to eat here again.
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Rise and dine menu

 

“Exterior Access:4”

“Parking Lot:3”

“Access Through Door:4”

“Interior Access:3”

“Seating for Wheelchairs:3”

“Restroom Access:1”

“Ambiance:4”

“Staff Interaction:4”

“Menu:2”

“Food Quality:4”

“Overall:3”

102 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 541-4900

Hours 6 am to 4 pm 7 days weekly.

Yelp rating was 4 stars

Urban Spoon rating was 4.5 stars

 

Niles Grill, Niles, Illinois

Niles Grill is a diner located on Milwaukee avenue in Niles, Illinois. It is open for breakfast and lunch and has an old fashioned feel to it. Street access was easy. There was a lot of handicapped parking. The parking was close to the entrance. There was sufficient room for wheelchair loading. It was easy to access the curb cut.

Getting through front doors to the restaurant was hard. The doors were heavy and not easy to push or pull, and the opening through the doors was narrow. However, the staff was willing to assist as needed.

The booths or tables were not suited for wheelchairs which made it hard to sit and enjoy the meal.

The bathroom was difficult to access but it was clearly marked. It was difficult to navigate to the restroom.The restroom was well lit. The restroom was difficult to enter or exit. There was a single restroom and there were obstructions in the restroom. The restroom was small and not very accessible.

There was a comfortable noise level and easy to hold a conversation. The staff was respectful to me and accomodating to my needs. The menu was easy to read, uncluttered with good contrast making it easy to read.There were few or no pictures on the menu but there were not special dietary options available, but the staff was willing to make substitutions. The portions were generous. I may return to this restaurant.

[usrlist “Exterior Access:4” “Parking Lot:3” “Access Through Door:2” “Interior Access:2” “Seating for Wheelchairs:1” “Restroom Access:2” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:3” “Overall:3”]

Address 9206 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Phone: 847-834-3625
Hours: 6:30 am to 4 pm 7 days per week
Yelp rating is 3.5 stars
Urban Spoon rating is 5 stars

Buffalo Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

I went to Buffalo Restaurant on July 31, 2014. Overall the experience was mixed. There was insufficient handicap parking. We had to park at some distance from the entrance. It was difficult to navigate the curb cut as it was raised and cracked.

It was easy to enter through the door but a potted plant kept the entrance door from opening all the way. There was sufficient room between the exterior and interior doors. The staff was willing to help opening the doors.

The lighting was good. The aisles in the restaurant were small and narrow. The seating was hard to get to access. I had to walk all around to get to the one not very accessible table. The interior access was a major problem.

The bathroom shares a hallway with the kitchen access that could present difficulty if staff were to run into a patron. The men’s room floor was slightly sloped, which was unexpected. The restroom was well lit.

There were loud conversations. There were sounds of blenders going on while I was there. I found those sounds to be difficult.

The staff were friendly, positive and patient. I found the staff to be respectful. The menu was ok to read with limited pictures. There were limited dietary restricted choices with gluten free choices. The food quality was ordinary but the portions were generous. I had the Popeye Salad and liked it. The food was prepared as ordered. I will likely not return to this restaurant as it was largely inaccessible. Overall I give it 3 stars.

[usrlist “Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:2” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:1” “Seating for Wheelchairs:1” “Restroom Access:3” “Ambiance:4” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:3” “Overall:3”]

Menu page from Buffalo Restaurant

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Buffalo Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor

1180 W. Lake Cook Road

Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

847-808-1120

Hours 6am – 12 am

Yelp rated it 3.5 stars

Tripadvisor rated it 3.5 stars

Tuscany Restaurant, Wheeling, Illinois

I went to Tuscany on July 27, 2014. I had a great time! The staff at the restaurant were very friendly and welcoming towards me. The staff spoke clearly and respectfully. The service was great and they were on top of our needs.

The lighting was good. It was easy to read the menu although there were no pictures to help. There were some menu choices for most common dietary restrictions.  It was easy to get around inside and into the restaurant It was very quiet and easy to have conversations.

I had the minestrone soup and the eggplant parmigiana and tasted pasta from other people. The food was excellent and prepared just right. I felt very comfortable and relaxed at this restaurant and it was easy getting my chair to the table and under the table.

The ambiance of the restaurant was very friendly and nice.  It was little crowded getting to the bathroom but not bad. The bathroom was accessible but a waste basket in the restroom could have caused a fall.

Overall, I give the restaurant 5 stars because of the great ambiance, friendly staff and easy access into and around the restaurant.

[usrlist “Exterior Access:5” “Parking Lot:5” “Access Through Door:5” “Interior Access:5” “Seating for Wheelchairs:5” “Restroom Access:3” “Ambiance:5” “Staff Interaction:5” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:5” “Overall:5”]

Tuscany interior

Tuscany Wheeling

550 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone:(847) 465-9988

Hours: 4 pm to 11 pm

Liberty Restaurant, Libertyville, Illinois

I visited the Liberty Restaurant on April 30, 2014.  There was ample handicap parking. The parking was close to the entrance. There was sufficient room for wheelchair loading, and sufficient access from the parking lot. It was easy to access the curb cut. It was easy to enter through the door. The doors were lightweight and easy to open. The doorway was clear and unobstructed. There was sufficient room between the doors.

The interior of the restaurant was very accessible. The waiting area was quite small. The aisles between tables were wide and easy to navigate. The lighting was good. The seating at the table was easy to access. There were handicap accessible tables. There were plenty of accessible tables.

The bathroom was difficult to access. It was difficult to navigate to the restroom. The aisles in the restroom were narrow. The hallway to the bathroom was tight for a wheelchair. It was a small bathroom. The restroom was difficult to enter or exit. The restroom door was lightweight and easy to enter or exit. 

The noise level in the restaurant was pretty loud. There was loud talking and the phone was constantly ringing. The staff was positive, helpful and kind. The staff was respectful and patient with  me. The staff was also very welcoming.

The menu was easy to read with good contrast making it easy to read, but it was busy and cluttered. There were few or no pictures available on the menu. There were few or no dietary choices for people with dietary restrictions. The restaurant did not take special requests and did not have a senior discount.

The food was excellent, very fresh and tasty! I will remember this restaurant and come again. There was free wifi. 

“Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:3” “Seating for Wheelchairs:4” “Restroom Access:2” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:5” “Menu:4” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:4”

Liberty Restaurant, Libertyville, Illinois.

419 S. Milwaukee Ave.

Libertyville, IL

847-362-9394

Hours 5 am-10 pm

For information comparison Yelp gave the Liberty Restaurant a rating of 4 stars, Tripadvisor a rating of 4 stars, and on Urbanspoon a rating of 4 stars.

 

The Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

I have been to Continental many times. The seating is good with room in the aisles. The aisles can get tight but are safe for moving about. The menu is very big and food is great and very willing to make adjustments to the food preparation and the menu. The service is friendly to people with disabilities. Parking is easy in front and people always are willing to open the door. The menu is extensive, easy to read and has pictures of food to help making choices. The noise level can get high but generally does not interfere with enjoyment of a meal.

Overall this restaurant is a top choice that is why lots of people with disabilities and seniors come here. Continental gets five stars from Go-somewhere.org!

continental

 

The Continental Restaurant

788 S Buffalo Grove Rd

Buffalo Grove, IL 6008

(847) 459-4095

 

[usrlist “Exterior Access:5” “Parking Lot:5” “Access Through Door:5” “Interior Access:5” “Seating for Wheelchairs:5” “Restroom Access:4” “Ambiance:5” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:4” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:5”]

Yelp gave Continental 3 stars which I think is unfair and inaccurate. Urbanspoon gave it 4 stars. Tripadvisor came closer to my rating of Continental at 4 1/2 stars, but of course my view is different looking at this restaurant from the perspective of a person with a disability.

Elly's Pancake House, Mundelein, Illinois

A wheelchair can get through the restaurant but chairs or tables needed to be moved. You had to move slowly to get around the interior.

It was quiet and you could hear your meal companions when there were just quiet conversations around you.

The restroom was large enough for a person, an attendant, and a wheelchair.

The staff at the restaurant were nice. The restaurant staff spoke clearly without shouting. The service was okay, they could have been more attentive.

The lighting was okay, and reading the menu was doable. The menu was easy to read for most people. It had a good size font and some clutter. The menu has no picture support to help you know what you are ordering. There should be something on the menu that most people will want to order. There were limited choices for dietary restrictions. The food was pretty good and tasty.

I would eat there again. The ambiance of the restaurant was very friendly and nice. Overall I would give the restaurant 3 stars. It was good.

 

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[usrlist “Exterior Access:3” “Parking Lot:4” “Access Through Door:3” “Interior Access:3” “Seating for Wheelchairs:4” “Restroom Access:4” “Ambiance:3” “Staff Interaction:4” “Menu:3” “Food Quality:4” “Overall:4”]

Elly’s Pancake House

Address: 435 Townline Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: (847) 837-8100

Hours: 6:00 am- 4:00 pm

Menu: urbanspoon.com gave Elly’s 4 1/2 stars.

Yelp gave Elly’s 4 1/2 stars with many positive ratings.

Tripadvisor gave Elly’s 4 stars. Of course these other ratings are crowd sourced and are not from the perspective of person with disabilities but in this case similar to my experience of this restaurant.