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The Chew Chew

33 East Burlington Street
Riverside, IL 60546

Meet us where the food is handled with care


With more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, Scott Zimmer, the Chew Chew owner and executive chef, puts great care into the food he prepares. 


Even as a teenager, Zimmer knew that he wanted to own a restaurant. He finds his calling here on Burlington Street where he owns both the Chew Chew as well as the Sawmilly Sandwich Shoppe next door.


But it’s not only the food in the Chew Chew’s split-level space with the vintage décor that Zimmer prepares with care. His staff is well trained in the menu and in the art of great service. With the hip space, the superb service, and the excellent food, Zimmer says it’s a hospitality trifecta.


Now about that food.


The menu changes seasonally and the specials change daily, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to start with the Bacon-Wrapped Dates or the Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese before moving on to the Wild Crab Risotto or the Maui Chicken that’s basil-breaded and served with a mango salsa mixed with macadamia nuts.  


There are also excellent vegetarian options like the roasted cauliflower bowl with avocado and goat cheese.

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The Chew Chew is open Monday through Saturday from 4pm-9pm. Closed Sunday.


Happy hour is daily at the Chew Chew! Specials on beer, wine, and cocktails from 4pm-6pm every day (except Sunday when the restaurant is closed).


Starters are $8-$15, main dishes run from $20-$36, and the delicious desserts like the Apple Bread Pudding are about $8.

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Owner and Executive Chef Scott Zimmer puts the same care into the food at the Chew Chew as he does into the award-winning, hand-crafted sandwiches served next door at the Sawmilly. This block on Burlington belongs to Chef Zimmer!

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The Chew Chew is located at 33 E Burlington Street in Riverside. It’s just steps from the Riverside stop on the BNSF Railway and next door to its sister sandwich shop the Sawmilly. Near the Brookfield Zoo, this is a good choice for a special meal after viewing the animals!

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