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Sallie Pugliese who runs Libertyville Grill Sunset Foods Libertyville cuts half chicken wrap she made grill. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Sallie Pugliese who runs the Libertyville Grill at Sunset Foods in Libertyville cuts in half a chicken wrap she made at the grill. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Libertyville Grill

Located inside Sunset Foods, 1451 Peterson Road, Libertyville

(847) 573-9570

Hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and


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Updated: April 25, 2013 7:54PM

LIBERTYVILLE — People go to grocery stores to stock up on essentials. Having lunch in one is something most wouldn’t think about.

And that’s why the Libertyville Grill inside Sunset Foods, 1451 Peterson Road, may be the best kept secret around.

Located inside the store near the deli counter and bakery, the grill serves lunch seven days a week. Signs here boast “Good food, prepared fresh,” and “Best place in town.” And those who are in the know can attest to it.

Keith Surroz of Grayslake who travels around for business stopped in for a freshly prepared ribeye steak sandwich and potato salad for $5.98.

“It’s real fresh, and I like it much better than any fast food,” said Surroz. “I probably eat here when I go by about once a month.”

Joseph Bonamarte, owner of Bonamarte & Associates Insurance Agency in Libertyville is a regular customer at the place.

On a recent weekday he came by well before noon to pick up some wraps for his office. “I come early because it can be a zoo here,” he said.

Sallie Pugliese who operates the grill agrees.

“From 11:30 to 1:30 during the week, we get swamped. Lots of people call in their orders, including companies,” said the Grayslake resident. “People like it because everything’s made fresh. There’s nothing made ahead of time. And it’s such a good deal because you get a sandwich and a side.”

She explained regulars come in like clockwork. “In fact, some people are here so often, I know their orders by heart. By the time I see them in the parking lot, I’ve already got their orders going for them,” she said.

The most popular sandwich, says Pugliese who has worked in the food industry for many years, is the turkey and mango salsa wrap which sells for $4.98. There are other sandwiches and wraps, including Acapulco chicken, Cajun chicken, ham and turkey club, Buffalo chicken, BLT with cheddar, Reuben and pico de gallo chicken.

Don’t forget the hot sandwiches including the turkey Swiss panini and the eggplant, artichoke, tomato and Swiss panini. Sandwiches are served with homemade potato chips, potato salad or cole slaw. You can add fries for an additional cost.

For other quick lunch options why not try a double hamburger, a veggie burger, a chicken enchilada, quesadillas or chicken Caesar salad. Wings, which come in hot, BBQ or teriyaki, are also available. Add a beverage of your choice, or have a cup of complimentary coffee.

There are nine tables, and a counter with stools for plenty of seating. Not only is Pugliese the queen of the grill, she is also the duchess of decorating. For spring she made colorful flower bouquets and placed one on each table, and at the front counter she put a pair of pink galoshes filled with more flowers.

“The people really seem to love it. When I take the decorations down in order to put up new ones, they sometimes ask me where they are,” she said.

In a few months the grill will be expanded and there will be additional seating outside, said Steve Garner, store manager. There is also a new menu underway. Plans call for a long list of burgers, some new wraps, ice cream and even craft beers.

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