Stop by for senior specials at Linda’s in Winthrop Harbor
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun February 14, 2013 12:16PM
Nancy Torres of Zion serves soup during lunch to Jo Ann and Leonard Siegfried of Waukegan at Linda's Restaurant in Winthrop Harbor. Nancy is the owner of the restaurant which is named after her mother. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media
Linda’s Family Restaurant
1707 7th St.
WINTHROP HARBOR — Linda’s Family Restaurant has been open less than two years and the customer base, including locals and seasonal boaters, is steady and growing.
Raul Torres, who had been a partner at a popular Zion eatery for 10 years, left after his lease ran out a few years ago.
Having some free time turned out to be a good thing for Raul. Eldest daughter Nancy said her dad got to do something he’s always wanted to — have his own restaurant.
In fact, it was a dream to own a restaurant for both her mother, Linda, and her father. Raul named the place for his wife Linda, the love of his life who worked alongside him in the food business for two decades.
While Linda got to see the grand opening of the Winthrop Harbor eatery named for her, sadly just two months, later she died from complications from a chronic illness.
“She was my right-hand woman,” said Raul. He still keeps Linda’s spirit alive by working hard to have a business she’d be proud of owning.
Eldest daughter Nancy, who works at the place daily, said diners remember Linda. “They often talk about my mom and how she loved her customers.”
Helping to keep the spirit alive are Nancy’s sister, Katy, and brother, Raul Jr., whom everyone knows as “R.J.” The Torres clan lives in Zion.
Raul, who does most of the cooking, churns out delicious dishes including freshly made plain and fruit-filled crepes, Mexican breakfasts with beans, rice and tortillas, and steak and eggs.
There are lunch specials every day, as well as a large variety of hot and cold sandwiches — Reubens and gyro-melts are popular choices, and homemade soup — a different one daily.
Those 55 and older can enjoy the senior specials at the place. For $5.05 they can have an entrée with either soup or salad bar. For $6.15 they can have both and soup and salad bar, and dessert.
Dinners at Linda’s come with homemade soup, salad bar and dessert.
Take the fish fry on Fridays for example, you get all-you-can-eat beer-battered pollock with vegetable and potato, soup and salad bar, and a choice of dessert for $7.75. The ocean perch dinner for seniors is $6.15 including soup, salad bar and dessert.
Call for hours of operation. Linda’s is only open for dinner until 8 p.m. on Fridays.