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Our 50th Birthday is Here!

When you walk in our restaurant, just up the little hill that gave us our name, you see a warmth unlike any other bistro.  Our antiques give warmth, our seasonal decorations excite you, and the smells you notice will tempt you to stay through dinner and for our famous homemade desserts.  Do you remember what you had for dinner last night?  Our customers do !

HISTORY      The Hillside Restaurant was started in 1955, making it the  most well established restaurant in Northern Illinois.  When it began it was a small counter style chicken house, created in a charming building that had been a shoe store and a doughnut shop.  As business grew, new menu ideas were added to keep DeKalb in step with what was new and exciting.  When Lasagna was first put on our menu, no one had ever heard of it, and it caused quite a stir.  Little by little, the menu has grown to include old fashioned favorites and trendy new creations, never losing sight of our love for fine ingredients and real home cooking.  From then until now, our passion has been to bring homemade favorites and brand new innovations to your palate.  Since our menus change with every season there is always something new in the air. But just as important, you can always get the same favorites you've had for years!                                     

Here is a little more about the Hillside:

bullet Prepared foods for the 1996 movie "A Thousand Acres "
bullet Favorite spot of Celebrities & Government Officials
bullet Full service in house and off premise catering
bullet Family and Locally owned