Libertyville’s Picnic Basket Sets the Bar
Summertime is the best time to dust off your wicker basket, fill it with good food, and share a meal with family and friends. And when you’re craving a taste of summer, you just can’t beat The Picnic Basket, located in the heart of downtown Libertyville.
Picnic Basket, a little café is a Libertyville classic. Owners Ahmed and Catherine Amin began Picnic Basket in 1980 as a friendly, family-owned and operated sandwich shop. This is the real deal. I’ve watched their kids grow up behind the counter as they helped out and learned the business. Ahmed and Catherine also make their guests feel like family. They greet all customers with a smile and know many Libertyville neighbors by name. From the beginning, Ahmed believed that happy customers are the key to success. And 30 years later, happy Libertyville patrons are still filling the shop.
No matter what time I arrive, this Libertyville establishment is jumping. I don’t just eat here in the summer, either. I love their food every day of the year. And I’m not alone. Go visit Yelp to see why others love The Picnic Basket in Libertyville.
On a typical day you’ll see a small army making all the food from scratch. Libertyville’s Picnic Basket’s staff creates skyscraper deli sandwiches, and homemade soups, salads and desserts. Prices are reasonable, portions are huge, and food is always fresh. Libertyville residents just can’t get enough. They call, fax, or line up to place their orders. Some folks dine in while others carry their meals to work or snag a picnic table and eat across the street at Libertyville’s Cook Park.
Libertyville’s Picnic Basket also offers catering for groups of 20 to 2000. Their sister company, Gourmet Food Works, caters events ranging from formal weddings to casual graduation barbeques. Their clients include business and residents from Libertyville, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Long Grove and other neighboring suburbs. When the food and service is this good, word gets around.
Are you hungry yet? I am. I’ll see you over at The Picnic Basket located at 501 North Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville. Bon Appetite!