Sometimes you want fine dining, like to perhaps commemorate a special occasion. But a lot of times we want that simple, home cooking, done well, at a great price. And the best place you can find those comfort foods is typically at a diner. Here are ten of the best diners in Illinois.
1. Citrus Diner
In Westmont, Citrus Diner is doing classic diner food with a contemporary twist. You will really appreciate their creative breakfast dishes, as well as their superb sandwiches. They have a fairly big menu, so why order the same thing twice?
2. Charlie Parker's Diner
Charlie Parker's is not only a Springfield staple, but it has been featured on TV shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They've been serving all-day breakfast since 1991, a breakfast that won "Best Breakfast" numerous times. And for all your Chicagoans who have never heard of a horseshoe--yeah, you should get it from here.
3. The Chicago Diner
On the outside, the Chicago Diner seems like just your average diner. But there is something quite different: everything is vegan or vegetarian. But you'd never know it! Look at these lemon meringue pies. Can you believe they are vegan? They make all the classics you love meat-free.
4. Merry-Ann's Diner
With a couple locations in Champaign-Urbana, Merry Ann's is a staple for University of Illinois students and community members. It's a 24/7 joint ( no wonder the college kids love it) that serves up classic American diner fare.
5. Egg Haven
Egg Haven has been a staple in DeKalb. They do great diner food, but a lot of their food is sourced from local premium farms and growers. Taste the difference as meals are made from scratch, daily.
6. The 50s Diner
Do you yearn for that diner experience from the 1950s? Then head down to Peoria to the aptly named 50s Diner. They have all the classic diner meals like meatloaf and pork chop dinners. But a lot of people come here for the burgers, fries, and shakes.
7. Mary Lou's Grill
In Carbondale, Mary Lou's has been in town since 1962. They have some fantastic food, such as great burgers and sandwiches. But you'll love the breakfast, too! People rave about the biscuits and gravy.
8. Eggs, Inc.
With two locations in Bolingbrook and Naperville, you are going to get your fill of eggs at Eggs, Inc. But not only can you eat a great omelet, but you can get excellent specialty pancakes and waffles. The skillets, like The Brook, are very filling!
9. Stella's Diner Chicago
Chicago has a ton of diners, but perhaps the best is Stella's. Stella's has also been around since 1962. You'll love the great food and the service you'd expect at a family diner. And if you're too lazy to physically go to the diner, you can get it delivered.
10. The Downtown Diner
Down in Mattoon, people are crazy about the Downtown Diner. They serve great homestyle food, and they even have a buffet if you're super hungry. You'll love the pancakes and really appreciate the desserts.
What is your family’s go-to diner? Let us know in the comments.