|TOBY'S FINE DINING
The founders wanted to give the people of the Sauk Valley Area a small intimate restaurant serving only the finest foods in the area.
Located in the lower level, Toby's Restaurant completed that dream. We are open Friday and Saturday evenings, Toby’s offers a venue
like no other. Reservations only, and once reserved, your table is yours for the evening. It doesn't matter when you arrive or when you
leave. Each entree is made fresh, while you enjoy a relaxed comfortable setting, complete with fireplace, view of the course, and rear
Serving the finest seafood, pork, chicken and Certified Angus Beef as main entrées. Appetizers and desserts are specially made for
our guests. Toby's is "Where Time Stands Still" for you. A dining experience like no other in the Sauk Valley Area.
The fine-dining restaurant, which prides itself on its Certified Angus Beef steaks and fresh seafood, offers an experience just a cut above
the rest, said Martha Anderson, banquet manager of Deer Valley Golf Club, about 10 miles south of Rock Falls in Deer Grove.
Toby’s operates on reservations only. Guests have their table for the whole evening.
"It's completely theirs,"
Anderson said. "No matter when they come, their table will be ready, and they come to enjoy themselves with good food, good wine,
good company. It’s just cozy and comfortable."
The restaurant, which opened in November 2011, serves premium steaks (ribeyes, filets and New York strips) with classic toppings, such
as sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions or bleu cheese. Toby’s also serves mouthwatering prime rib.
The restaurant offers seafood -- The salmon with teriyaki glaze and sea bass with lemon, butter, and wine sauce, are favorites -- as well
as chops, chicken, and pasta.
Toby’s also has decadent desserts, including "Timeless Chocolate Cake", and "Toby's Style Cheesecake".
Each meal is prepared fresh, and most are accompanied by homemade bread.
Toby's features a list of fine wines exclusive to the restaurant outside the Chicago area to complement its menu.
The dining room is warm and inviting with a wall of windows that offers a beautiful view of hole No. 5 of Deer Valley Golf Club. Guests
need not dress formally to fit in at the restaurant.
"It's higher-end but comfortable" Anderson said.
Toby's private room is available for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or class reunions, and is a wonderful setting
for private parties.
3298 Hoover Road, Deer Grove, IL
At Deer Valley Golf Club
(10 miles south of Rock Falls on Route 40)
6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
"AN EVENING VVITH FRIENDS"
Three lifelong friends, who grew up no more than three houses apart, enjoyed a three hour dinner with their wives, as what can only be
described as, "The find of the millennium". To call Toby's a restaurant would be similar to saying Michael Jordan is
a basketball player, or Itzhak Perlman is a violinist, or Phil Mickelson is a golfer. All statements would be factually correct yet obscure
of the truth.
For those who may be reading this who are not yet familiar with Toby's, located at the Deer Valley Country Club south of Rock Falls, some
details of this report will be purposefully left out, so as not to reveal all which this culinary experience has to offer.
Intimately set in the walk-out lower level of the country club, this night looking out over the snow covered fairways of the golf course,
one could easily imagine having been transported to a hidden resort in any number of exotic locations around the globe. The crackling fire
in the corner hearth provides a warm, pleasing glow on this cold February evening. Greeted by an impeccably mannered Maitre d', one gets
the feeling this is going to be a night to remember.
Everything from the setting, to the decor, to the arrangement of the tables, to the soft music lightly floating in the air, gives you the
impression those responsible for designing this oasis wanted their guests to feel surrounded in the most comfortable of environments. In
this, they have succeeded in spectacular fashion.
Seated around the table, one soon realizes one of the key differences which separates Toby's from every other establishment; the pace of
the evening is what you decide it to be, not what a reservation schedule dictates. The table you have reserved is yours for the evening.
If you want to linger over an aperitif for 10 minutes or an hour, it is up to you. When you order your appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert,
is entirely up to you. There is no rush to move on to the next course. You finish each course before the next one is presented to the table.
Speaking of presentation, much is made of how 'fancy' establishments 'present' their courses. The arrangement of tomatoes and onions on
the salad plate, the position of the vegetable in relation to main entree, how the chocolate sauce is drizzled onto the dessert plate.
All these things are given careful attention. Toby's seamlessly and simultaneously matches exquisite presentation with succulent flavor.
Conversation is uninterrupted by the server's need to obtain your salad dressing preference or which side dish you would like with your
entree. Somehow, whoever trained the staff has done what few other similar businesses even try to accomplish. The service staff not only
knows what they have to do, but they carefully observe their guests to see when the guests are ready to move on to the next course.
This partially completes the picture of the truly remarkable experience that Toby's provides. Little has been said about the food. As was
suggested at the outset, some of the details of this report have been left out so as to leave plenty for your five senses to experience
the rest for yourself.
Spoiler Alert: The aroma of the local Angus beef wafting through the air is enough to
turn the most ardent vegetarian into a carnivore. Be assured, there is a superlative degree of quality to each and every course. Leave
room for dessert.
One other thing to add; Prior to meeting the chef, we would have guessed him to be a seasoned veteran of high end kitchens, likely to have
graduated from one of the finest culinary schools in the world. Imagine our surprise when we met young Mr. Anderson. Personable, professional,
knowledgeable, and so young. Oh, the future which lies ahead for him!
Toby's is open Friday and Saturday evenings, and on other dates such as Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, and other select dates.
As for my three friends and their wives, plans are in the making to return for another great evening in a peaceful environment of food,
wine, conversation, and the making of truly special memories.
Toby's... it's not just a great meal, it's a great memory!
We are among an elite group of restaurants serving Certified Angus Beef® brand entrees. Uncompromising standards ensure that it is
a cut above USDA Prime, Choice, and Select, making it the best-tasting beef available!
Choice of Steak
Wild Mushroom, Grilled Onions, Bleu Cheese, Horseradish, Parmesan Crusted
16-oz. Bone-in Ribeye
14-oz. NY Strip
All entrées come with vegetable of the day
Feature of the Day
Please ask your server
Pan-seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with wine & lemon reduction
Grilled with teriyaki glaze
Broiled with lemon butter and wine sauce
Blackened Red Snapper
Seared with Cajun spices
Double-bone Pork Chop
Twelve-ounce chop stuffed with smoky bacon
and Gouda cheese
Baked, seasoned to perfection
Pasta stuffed with cheese, tossed with princess sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Baby Red Potatoes
Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
Mixed greens, tomato, red onion and croutons
Mix of romaine and spinach with caramelized pecans,
assorted berries, tomato and red onions
Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips
Crabmeat au Gratin
Menu For those 12 and under please
Baked Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes
Certified Angus Beef ® Jr. Strip Steak with Mashed Potatoes
Timeless Chocolate Cake
3 decedent layers of moist chocolate cake iced with rich chocolate frosting and drizzled with even more chocolate.
Toby’s Style Cheesecake
Toby’s Petite Cinnamon Rolls