Our Story

We have been family owned since1982, when we began our dream of the Once Upon Family of Restaurants,

We made several promises ...

We dedicated ourselves to providing clean and inviting atmospheres with pleasant and efficient service where you always see the same friendly faces - a place where every customer would feel at home. We also dedicated ourselves to providing food which is not only delicious, but mouthwatering and addicting. We offer healthy, authentic food that's prepared right before your eyes. Our food is so delicious that it speaks for itself and makes you want to come back.

Customer Reviews

See Bee

For authentically great corned beef stop here. Or choose from plenty of other sandwich options and daily soups from a huge menu board. Nice deli dining room with soda and juice options. Before you leave be sure to take home smoked sable and bagels for the morning.

Janette Hartmann

Busy place with a huge menu! Great deli AND breakfast. Casual, seat-yourself venue. You place your order and receive a number. I enjoyed an omelet and a tasty cheese bagel. Something for everyone on the menu and lots of items for carry-out.

Scott Tocs

Excellent goto deli in Highland Park. I usually get the extra lean corned beef and salami combo sandwich on a bagel with a bowl of chicken noodle soup. They also have great bageldogs and little pizzas. They have awesome chocolate chip coffee cake.

Anthony Torres

At the moment you arrive in that restaurant they give you a pleasant feeling. Very friendly stuff, it is a happy restaurant to go out with buddies or with your date. delicious cuisine, talented chef, decent cost and courteous service. Highly recommended.

David Sherman

We had the reuben sandwich and a matzo ball soup that we shared. Absolutely fantastic! The rye bread was fresh, the corned beef was wonderful and The Taste was incredible. They are also a part of Mean Taco and that food is fantastic as well. highly recommended.

Kai Mccoy

I go to this great spot quite a bit! This is the best place to pass a nice evening. I visit this place routinely. The cooking is excellent, the workers are helpful and the charge is decent. I enjoy eating in this place over a good dinner.

Leonard's Bakery is now part of the Once Upon family!

Since 1908, Leonard's Bakery has been the premier Jewish bakery on Chicago's Northshore. Leonard's is famous for their wonderful coffee cakes, macaroons, kiddish cakes & rugelach. We are excited to announce that Leonard's in now part of the Once Upon family! Enjoy all the delicious treats just like grandma used to make.

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Shiva Meals

We are dedicated to helping you and your family during your time of need. In partnership with shiva.com we provide personal and compassionate assistance when planning and coordinating a shiva. A specialist works step-by-step to meet all your needs. We deliver individual platters, meals and full-service catering.

Call 877.788.6581

Call our dedicated shiva gifting and catering phone line to speak with a specialist. We can assist with coordinating staffing and other arrangements to make a difficult time a little easier.


We coordinate with a family member or representative to set up a ShivaPlan and Collect Contributions. We collect contributions, along with providing information to family and friends on the funeral service and shiva location(s) & time. We provide the coordinator with a list of names of all those who contribute, together with personal messages and addresses for acknowledgement.