Rest of Illinois

Restaurants in Rest of Illinois

Go for the creative bar food, like Benjamin’s Pizza with chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar.

Save room for a wacky dessert, like pineapple upside-down pie or the “sin-amon tortilla.”

The Chef: Rick Bayless is often credited with introducing Americans to more refined south-of-the-border cooking at his Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo (a favorite of the Obamas).

Enjoy live music and veggie fare.

Taste a corn dog on a stick. The drive-in offers a family basket including four dogs and fries for $9!

Opened in 1924 (and not much changed since), this is the oldest restaurant on Route 66.

Order Italian meatballs or one of Vinny’s famous sausage “sangwiches.”

Grab charbroiled burgers at the Lincoln-Douglas Café, where everything is homemade.

Don’t miss the fat, juicy burgers.