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

Eggs and breakfast meats are buried under a mound of hash browns, cheese sauce, and gravy.


A plated stack of 5 hefty pancakes with pitchers of melted butter and syrup


A modest-size pie slice is overwhelmed by how many blueberries it contains

Blueberry Pie

Peach slices peek out from under the rugged pastry crust of a pie slice on a china plate.

Peach Pie

Great Illinois Recipes

Chicken breast topped with peas and sided by potato logs

Chicken Vesuvio

Illinois’s Best Restaurants

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