Our group of 4 had a good dinner tonight, just the right amount of food, along with a couple of beers each. I had the beet salad, and the sweet potato salad from the appetizer section of the menu, both served as my dinner. Light, fresh, lots of taste going on. My girlfriend had the Christmas burger (still on the menu on 4 January, but then, most of the neighborhood still has their Christmas lights up). Her burger, served with sweet potato fries and a small, small side of cole slaw, looked filling. Both husbands had the beef stroganoff, none of which remained on their plates for long. We were too full for desert afterwards. But we weren't uncomfortable. Around $100 for the 4 of us. Light, young atmosphere. Crowded on a Friday night at 8; we were told the wait once we arrived (they don't take Fri. night reservations) would be 25 minutes, but we were seated within 10-15 minutes. Two in our party are townies - we've seen this location's restaurants come and go. Duke's finally arrived and has now become a favorite. Service is prompt. Easy to get to from towns on the Metra northwestern line -- Dukes is across the tracks from the Crystal Lake Depot (not Pingree Road stop) on the north side, on the corner of Railroad Street and Williams Street. Do not cross the tracks to reach Dukes if the lights are flashing and bells are ringing; you can be fined up to$500 plus court costs.
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