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Restaurant Review: Pilot Pete’s

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I am not being compensated in any way for this post.  As always the opinions are all my own.

Since my brother and his girlfriend live in Chicago, and my parents, my husband and I live in Madison, we decided to meet in the middle (kind of) and go to dinner in Schaumburg, IL to celebrate Father’s Day.  Schaumburg actually has quite a variety of food options – mainly because it is a pretty big shopping destination – so there was plenty to choose from.  We ended up going to somewhere a bit off the beaten track – Pilot Pete’s.  Pilot Pete’s is actually located at the small Schaumburg airport, and airplanes and flight is the theme of the restaurant as well.

The menu has quite a variety of dishes, but all of them are kind have kind of a bar and grill theme. The restaurant was packed when we arrived, and there was a line out the door when we left.

The meal started with warm bread (which I forgot to photograph. Oops.) and I also got a salad to start.  It was fresh and tasty, and actually quite large for just a side salad.


For my meal, I got the chicken finger platter. And platter is an appropriate name for it, it was a lot of food! Even though there were only 6 chicken fingers, they were quite large.  That plus the fries (and the side salad) definitely meant that I had leftovers to take home.  The chicken was really tasty though.  It was battered in a way that reminded me of a fish fry batter, not what you’d typically expect, but it was a good change!


The husband got the Brisket Burger – beef brisket, cheddar cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce.  It was also quite large! He really enjoyed the burger, and was particularly impressed by the bacon.  As you can see in the photo, it wasn’t the thin wimpy bacon that you find on most burgers.


Overall, everyone really enjoyed their meals. The variety of options is definitely conducive to feeding a group of people with different tastes. At our table was burgers, chicken, fish tacos, and pasta.  We didn’t see any planes taking off or landing while we were there, but there is a large bay window that faces the runway so you can watch them as you eat.

Taste: A+, delicious and great variety.
Cost: A, not particularly expensive especially considering the size of the portions!

Would I go there again?  I’m not sure.  The food was delicious, and I do like that it is off the beaten track, but there are so many different places to eat in Schaumburg I don’t know that I would go to the same one more than once.

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