Courageous Bakery opened in the old Red Hen site. | ALEXA ROGALS/Staff Photographer

It was a big year for foodies in Oak Park with more than a dozen new restaurants opening or in the works. Oak Parkers, however, were adamantly opposed to one new restaurant in the village — a Taco Bell drive-thru planned for the corner of Madison Street and Lyman Avenue. 

That plan got scrapped and a handful of notable restaurants closed their doors this year, but overall, eateries flourished in 2017.

Just opened:

Altiro (Latin Fusion) 107 N. Oak Park Ave.   

Lea French Street (French cuisine) 106 N. Marion St.

Two Brothers Social Tap (American cuisine, beer and coffee) 100 S. Marion St.

LIVE! Cafe (Lunch and coffee) 163 S. Oak Park Ave.

Wild Onion Tied House (American cuisine, brewpub) 1111 South Blvd.

Scratch on Lake (Burgers and beer) 733 Lake St.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery (Large wine selection, upscale menu) 950 Lake St. 

Courageous Bakery & Café (Sandwiches, breakfast, coffee) 736 Lake St.

Happy Apple Pie Shop (Pies and coffee) 226 Harrison St.

Firecakes Donuts (Donuts, chicken and coffee) 104 N. Maple St.

Amerikas (Latin inspired dishes) 734 Lake St.

Obsessed Kitchen and Bar (Comfort food, full bar) 800 S. Oak Park Ave.

Rosati’s Pizza, 1013 Madison St.

Rustico, 722 Lake St.

In memoriam:

Felony Franks (Hot dogs and burgers) 6427 W. North Ave.

Novo (American cuisine, cocktails) 734 Lake St.

Kinderhook Tap (Gastropub) 800 S. Oak Park Ave. 

Erik’s Deli (Salads and sandwiches) 107 N. Oak Park Ave.

Connelly’s Public House (Irish cuisine) 1109 South Blvd.

Taste of Brasil (Brazilian cuisine) 906 S. Oak Park Ave.

Live Fresko (Yogurt, juice bar, coffee) 136 N. Oak Park Ave.

Coming soon:

Brewpub yet to be named, 1 Lake St.

Bricks Wood-Fired Pizza Café, 129 N. Lake St.

District Kitchen and Tap (Pizza, nachos, beer) 200 block of Harrison St. 

Tim Inklebarger

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