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Cozy Dog Drive In
Cozy Dog Drive-In is home of the one and only Cozy Dog. Similar to a corn dog-on-a-stick, the Cozy Dog is made from a Waldmire family recipe at Springfield’s Route 66 landmark. Inside the diner, which has been located on Old Route 66 since 1949, visitors will find a whimsical selection of Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs.
Named "Best Restaurant in America," Alinea is a four-star restaurant with hypermodern dishes created by Chef Grant Achatz, who was named Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation. Alinea is known for its tasting menu, where every ingredient is a thoughtfully considered culinary delight that provides for a truly out-of-this-world experience.
17th Street BBQ
17th Street BBQ is an award-winning barbecue joint offering family style dine-in and carryout and has been rated as "Best Ribs in the U.S." by Bon Appétit Magazine. For truly succulent ribs and zesty sauces 17th St. BBQ abides.
Girl & the Goat
With dishes named Fat Bread and Crispy Pig Face, celebrity chef Stephanie Izard injects “rustic, with a bit of badass" (her term) into Chicago’s dining scene with this buzz-worthy hotspot in the West Loop. Girl & the Goat sits smack dab in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor, but the location is still gritty enough to appeal to the chef’s integrity.
Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket
The Chicken Basket in Willowbrook opened in the summer of 1946 on Historic Illinois Route 66. Dell Rhea’s chicken has been bringing visitors from around the world on a regular basis for years.
Made popular by its Horseshoe sandwich, D’Arcy’s Pint in Springfield is like no where else. Dine in a cozy neighborhood style pub while dining on authentic Irish food, traditional American classics and the local favorite, the horseshoe sandwich; you can even relax in their beer garden while trying a variety of delicious ales. Welcome to D’Arcy’s Pint, sit and stay awhile.
Blackbird in Chicago is a must eat. Voted one of Chicago's top 5 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine, it has received 3.5 stars from the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. Blackbird is home to Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004.
Located in the West Loop neighborhood, the cedar-lined dining room is as rustic as the menu. With seasonal menus that include sharable choices, they also have a cheese cave with a collection of artisan cheeses from Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.
The "staggering beer list" and creative, Belgian-focused menu has made the Hopleaf a destination restaurant. A favorite of the neighborhood and beyond, you can expect Hopleaf to always be hoping.
Big Star is a whiskey, tequila, cocktail and beer-focused venue located in the heart of Wicker Park, Chicago. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Cary Taylor have crafted an eclectic menu inspired by Mexican street food in a space reminiscent of a California honky tonk. The food, liquor and cocktail programs change continuously to complement the seasons, and always feature six beers on tap, and an ever-growing selection of our house-selected single barrel bourbons and whiskeys.
Fast Eddie's Bon Air
Fast Eddie’s Bon Air in Alton is like no other. Over 4,000 half barrels of beer and thousands of cases of cans, bottles and liquor quench the thirst of our patrons every year. Some even say that Bon Air is the #1 volume bar in the world. A food bar serves an assortment of grilled burgers, shish-kabobs, bratwurst and boiled shrimp all sold at the same low prices as when they were added nineteen years ago.
The Shanty located in Wadsworth is a place that once discovered, you always go back. With its comfortable rustic atmosphere and friendly service, this truly is the place where quality food meets a fair price. With a great staff that makes patrons feel right at home, it may be the only restaurant in the area where the customers run the show.
Charlie Parker's Diner
When you need a heaping side of Americana you can’t go wrong at this popular locale. Charlie Parker’s Diner located in Springfield has been making mouths water in central Illinois for sometime. Known for diner delights like burgers, breakfasts and anything else hearty enough for the long road ahead. Don’t miss this hot spot when you’re in the neighborhood.
Gene and Georgetti
Steak, steak and more steak, oh there’s also fantastic Italian food, too. It seems anything Gene & Georgetti fixes is a wonderful journey back to Chicago’s more authentic days. The oldest steakhouse in Chicago; Gene & Georgetti is the epitome of old school Chicago steak joints.
For over 40 years Chicago Brauhaus has been serving up good cheer in Chicago's Lincoln Square Neighborhood. The Chicago Brauhaus offers a friendly Bavarian atmosphere where friends and family of all ages can enjoy a good meal, a stein of cold beer and dance along to the sounds of the world famous Brauhaus Trio. It is always Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus.
You’ve never stepped into a grill so energetic as Frontera Grill. Frontera swings casual, like an American grill. But it also rollicks with a vibrant, boisterous, Mexican rhythm. Frontera Grill uses beautiful ingredients, often organic and custom-grown, to bring to you the bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off the tongue–just as it does in Mexico.
Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen
The celebrated Deli is getting harder to find, but thankfully Manny’s keeps making the best tasting Deli fare in the city. Located in Chicago, tucked among the giant skyscrapers is where you can get a real corned beef sandwich piled-high on rye, or matzo ball soup that warms every inch of your body.
Hackney's on Harms
Hackney’s has been run buy the same family for nearly 70 years. Ever since great aunt Bebe started selling hamburgers and beer on her back porch during Prohibition, Hackney’s has been making people very happy. Today Hackney’s is famous for their big juicy hamburgers on dark rye and one-of-a-kind onion rings, as well as a bevy of other fantastic foods they serve. You don’t want to miss out on a Hackney’s experience.
With a moniker like Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, how could you go wrong with a trip to Hot Doug’s? Well you can’t. Hot Doug’s, located in Chicago is the hot spot for hot dog enthusiasts, with an adventurous side. At Hot Doug’s you’ll find a variety of game meats, exciting toppings, and on Friday and Saturday only, duck fat fries. Don’t let the line outside turn you away, that’s simply the sign of a great food experience waiting for you to try.
At Paradise Pup. in Des Plaines, the "big mess of a burger" is traditional Chicago fast food the way it should be. Folks line up outside the 800-square-foot joint for the one-and-only Char Cheddar burger. As for the Italian beef sandwich, it’s "oh, so good."
CITY: Des Plaines
Billy Goat Tavern - The Original
There are few things as identifiable to Illinois and Chicago as the Billy Goat Tavern. Made popular by the SNL; the Billy Goat Tavern serves up no nonsense fare: Burgers, cheeseburgers, no fries, just chips – and definitely no Pepsi, just Coke. However, if you want something stronger to drink they also have a full bar. Don’t worry Billy Goat Tavern has much more to their menu, but why miss out on the food that made them famous.
Top Notch Beefburgers
Freshly ground round beef burgers are the signature of this friendly, casual and kind-hearted joint. Since 1954, owner Diran Soulian has been behind this grill, forming a huge following and a legendary burger. With a top-notch reputation in the neighborhood for fresh burgers and fries, and a worldwide following; Top-Notch is at the head of its class for great tasting burgers.
Located in the urban Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Antique Tacos serves up new adventurous flavors in tacos among a rustic environment surrounded by the history of old antiques.
Smoque (smok) BBQ is a neighborhood kind of place that cooks up BBQ good enough to make it a true destination. The natural flavors of the meat. The savory flavor of hardwood smoke. The spiciness of the rub. The sweetness or pungency of the sauce. When these elements are in balance, you have found BBQ Heaven. And you can find them all coexisting at Smoque.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
You can argue what makes Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder so popular is its location across the street from the famed St. Valentine’s Day massacre, but ask anyone who has ever eaten here and they will tell it’s the pot pie pizza, or perhaps the made from scratch salad dressings or the comfortable environment. Either way, with its famous history, and fantastic food; Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is a true original.
Burgers so large they come with their own zip code, coupled with tasty ales and a side order of heavy metal music best describes this burger haven, or Heaven depending on your love for the handheld meal – although you will definitely need two hands to hold these monsters. In Chicago, Kuma’s has two locations that comes with a long line of burger-lovers waiting for their chance to dig in. What are you waiting for?
Irazu Costa Rican Dining
Serving flavorful Costa Rican meals, Irazu located in Chicago is a family-owned restaurant that has been dishing up traditional Costa Rican food since 1990; a must try for anyone who is a lover of food and this Central American cuisine.
Get the feel of a classic drive-in in the city of Chicago. Superdawg will take you back to another day and time but their food has kept up with the times. Everything at Superdawg has been created with the same attention and care, as it was when they first opened in 1948. And when you visit don’t forget to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Superdawg adorning the top of the restaurant for all to see.