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“Not just a restaurant/gelato joint”

Pumpernickel Inn and Izzy's Bean & Gelato Shoppe
Ranked #1 of 1 Dessert in Union Pier
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Woodridge, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not just a restaurant/gelato joint”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Casual Chef Café has a wonderful menu for breakfast through dinner, serves Starbucks and has wonderful gelato. But it is more than a cozy, casual restaurant. Above the café is the Pumpernickel Inn. This entire building was a boarding house from years ago used as a hotel for workers installing the railroad that is across the way. The entire place has an old character, creaky floors upstairs, but the rooms are updated, colorfully decorated, and considering they include a full course breakfast off the menu a real deal!! Check them out online. This spot on Red Arrow Highway is super convenient to all places north and south...very centrally located.

The food at the café is inspired. Rosemary potatoes for breakfast are wonderful, tomato soup is a work of art, amount of food is quite generous, and you can just walk 10 paces for gelato if you are not inclined to get the menu dessert (a difficult choice). The staff is friendly and efficient, and you can tell this place is popular as it usually totally fills up by 10 am. We stayed 4 days at the Pumpernickel (third time there), and we were not disappointed.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Helene L
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English first
Toledo, Ohio
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Quick romantic getaway”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Food was great the soups are to die for! Must try tomato soup with homemade tomato basil bread! Very quaint and cozy place! Serves great gelato and specialty tea!

Visited July 2014
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Willowbrook, Illinois
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Meal-- even late night”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I want to thank the staff of the Pumpernickel for serving us during the restaurants's closing hours this Friday night (8pm). We were going to get gelato (which stays open 'til 10pm), but wanted to get a sandwich instead. Coming by at 7:55pm probably didn't help the wait staff, but I cannot thank them enough for taking care of my wife and I. The BBQ beef sandwich was excellent and my wife's turkey avocado sandwich was so good she insisted that we come back the next day to get lunch again-- which we did!

(Oh, and by the way....the gelato was outstanding as well).

Thanks again!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Joe C
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Morton Grove, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Yummy”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The best gelato you will ever taste! About a dozen flavor to choose from. Try to have some every day we are on Union Pier!

Visited October 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best vegetarian friendly restaurant!”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Our family continues to love this place!!! I first came here in 2006, then almost every year after that...just recently we ate on Friday, August 17, the food was fantastic!! We are vegetarians and there's plenty to choose from. The ambiance is fantastic. There's even a public beach down the road (Rock Beach) friendly, clean, and not crowded...cars can park in shadded area. We love pumpernickel inn and cafe!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Garseeya
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