Restaurants in Illinois

There’s Chicago – home of deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, all-beef red hots dragged through the garden, world-class corned beef sandwiches, South-Side soul-food BBQ, and such vintage steak house meals as chicken Vesuvio and shrimp de Jonghe – and there’s the rest of the state, which is a whole other kind of eating bonanza. In the Illinois River Valley, taverns serve masterful fried chicken with ravioli on the side; Springfield is home to its own kill-or-cure four-alarm chilli (two L’s!) as well as to the megacaloric kitchen-sink meal known as a horseshoe. Along old Route 66, look for Cozy Dogs (the original corn dog) as well as well-dressed smashed crispyburgers with lace-thin edges.

Illinois’s Most Famous Dishes

Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Gravy-sopped Italian beef piled into a length of bread with spicy vegetable giardiniera

Italian Beef

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Plated roast chicken in a pool of savory natural juices

Chicken Dishes

Illinois’s Best Restaurants

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Great Illinois Recipes

Chicken breast topped with peas and sided by potato logs

Chicken Vesuvio


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