Don’t let the word “Café” fool you. We serve a full lunch menu that can fill even the heartiest appetites! We strive to offer the tastiest dishes at Emerson Creek, each prepared using the freshest ingredients and most quality food available. Our classic Flower Pot Salad, served in an actual Emerson Creek flower pot, is the favorite of many. Those who frequent Emerson Creek know when it comes to dessert, there are only three words: Peach Blackberry Cobbler. (Of course, the other desserts are just as tasty too!) The menu changes bi-weekly so there is always something new to try!


We will be closed for Thanksgiving 

Tuesday, November 26

Wednesday, November 27

Thursday, November 28

Open Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th

Request a Reservation

To make lunch reservations call 630-554-7100 or submit a request here & our staff will contact you to confirm within 2 business days.

Café Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
10:45 am – 2:00 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday


For same day or next day reservations, please call.

Parties of 10 or more, please make your reservation for

10:45, 11:00 or 1:00.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your reservation please remember to email or call.


Emerson’s Vintage Market Days (Event dates on the Our Events page). For reservations on Market days, we can only take parties of 6 or less in the Café. Food is available for sale in the barn on Market days.


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5126 Stephens Road
Oswego, IL 60543


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~ Cafe Menu for October 15 to October 26 ~

Please note we offer gluten-free items we are not a gluten-free facility.

We are not a nut free facility


Mango Salsa
A sweet and tangy salsa served with tortilla chips.


Goat Cheese Pecan Flatbread
Goat cheese, pecans with figs, baby greens and a balsamic reduction.



Soup of the Day

Sweet Potato (creamy-chicken base)

Chicken and Tortellini (broth-chicken base)

Large Bowl $6.99

Add fruit or muffin $1.00 extra

Add fruit and a muffin $1.50 extra


Mac’n Cheese Grilled Cheese

Creamy mac’n cheese is sandwiched between cheddar cheese on rustic Italian bread. Bacon can be added upon request.

Served with crispy kettle chips and fresh-cut fruit.


Pan-Seared Tilapia

This dish is pan-seared topped with fire-roasted red tomato and pesto.

Served with a side of Parmesan Orzo.


Mediterranean Filo Turnover

This popular turnover is filled with chicken, spinach, Feta cheese, and a hint of Kalamata olives and roasted red peppers with a light lemon sauce. It is folded into filo pastry, baked until golden.

Served with honey glazed fruited salad.


A small cup of soup may be added to any entree for $3.99

Bowl of crispy kettle chips $1.25

Emerson Creek Duo

Choose 2 of the following items for a perfect pairing!
*Soups (cream or broth)    *1/2 Sandwich

*1/2 Signature Salad    *1/2 Flower pot Salad ($1.00 extra)



Choice of Salad Dressings:
*Signature (Champagne Vinaigrette), Balsamic Italian Vinaigrette ~ Poppyseed ~ Honey Mustard ~ Ranch ~ Blue Cheese


Signature Salad
Our Signature Salad is a blend of juicy pears, sugared walnuts, blue cheese, and dried cranberries. Served over mixed greens with a sweet vinaigrette.


Add grilled chicken $3.00

Add Salmon $4.00

Steak Taco Flowerpot Salad
Our popular flowerpot salad is a mix of greens, grilled onions, assorted peppers, cilantro, corn, guacamole and topped with tortilla strips.  It is served with a chipotle ranch dressing or dressing of your choice.



Peach Blackberry Cobbler
The favorite of many! A mixture of fruit, berries, and a delicate crust perfectly warmed and served with vanilla ice cream. (not vegetarian-friendly) Available gluten-free (vegetarian-friendly)


Pumpkin Bread Pudding Skillet (Serves 2)

A delightful autumnal blend of spices, pumpkin, and cinnamon bread baked and drizzled with hard caramel sauce.


Sandwich Combos

Whole sandwich w/fruit $15.99

  • *Grape/Almond Chicken Salad

* Oven-roasted Turkey Club w/Provolone cheese on a Pretzel roll

* Oven-roasted Turkey w/Cranberry/Raspberry spread


Choice of Bread:
croissant, marble rye, pretzel roll, or house-baked cracked wheat bread.

or Gluten-Free Bread available upon request ($1.00 extra)

Veggie Wrap
Veggie Wrap: Hummus, carrots, cucumbers, avocado, red peppers, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato rolled in a sundried tomato tortilla


Strawberry Lemonade $3.95

Arnold Palmer (iced tea/lemonade) $2.95

Weekly specialty tea $2.95

Coffee $2.50

Hot Specialty Teas $3.50

Raspberry Iced Tea (sweetened) $2.75

Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite,

Fanta Orange, Rootbeer, Lemonade $2.75

Bottled water, Iced tea $2.75

(Seasonal) Hot Apple Cider $2.75

Kids Menu

Choice of:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Turkey and cheese on a Croissant
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Served with fruit

Your choice of Apple Juice, Chocolate Milk, Coke, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Rootbeer, Lemonade


Small double scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate or strawberry sauce
& whipped cream

Made from the Freshest Ingredients

Our Café offers homemade lunch in a tranquil atmosphere. Each recipe is selected and prepared by our talented cooks, using only the freshest ingredients. We hope to entice our visitors with our weekly alternating menu. It is our intent to provide meals that you can’t find out of a jar or box.
Take the backroads to the Tearoom!

Showers & Private Parties!

At the Café

Host your next lunch or brunch event at the Café! Celebrate the guest of honor and treat your guests to our rustic, quaint Café nestled within the beautiful landscape of Emerson Creek . We offer two different event packages offering delicious home made lunch or brunch menu prepared by our talented chefs. Great for bridal or baby showers, birthdays or just to celebrate a special occasion!

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360 Tour of our Café

Take a peek inside our beautiful Café. Step out on the porch and enjoy the country views!

The Emerson Creek Cookbook

Emerson Creek is a unique heirloom variety, and so it is the intent of its’ owners to provide an opportunity to return to tradition and share this beautiful segment of the countryside with others. It is a welcoming place to share experiences- it took 10 years, in the life of our Café, to be able to share these recipes. It is with gratitude to extend our beautiful grounds, and now some of our wholesome, delectable recipes with you in our Emerson Creek Cookbook.