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Restaurants in Rest of Illinois

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Rest of Illinois restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Rest of Illinois restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Rest of Illinois to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Rest of Illinois restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Rest of Illinois.

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  • Ariston Café

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

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Go for the creative bar food, like Benjamin’s Pizza with chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and cheddar. More
  • Berta's Pub

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Don’t miss the fat, juicy burgers. More
  • Cozy Dog Drive In

    Taste a corn dog on a stick. The drive-in offers a family basket including four dogs and fries for $9! More
  • Frontera Fresco, Skokie

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The Chef: Rick Bayless is often credited with introducing Americans to more refined south-of-the-border cooking at his Chicago restaurants Frontera... More
  • Lincoln-Douglas Café

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

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Enjoy live music and veggie fare. More
  • Uptown Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Save room for a wacky dessert, like pineapple upside-down pie or the “sin-amon tortilla.” More
  • Vinny Vanucchi's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Order Italian meatballs or one of Vinny’s famous sausage “sangwiches.” More

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