We have done our share of ranking restaurants at Only in Illinois, but these rankings are about what YOU think. We looked at the rankings of the best restaurants in all of Illinois, looking at a bunch of ranking sites, and here are the very best restaurants across the state.
1. Firefly Grill
The honest assembly of locally sourced ingredients is the philosophy of this restaurant, and it is reflected in simple, fresh food. 1810 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL.
2. Cucina Bella
Looking for a super intimate, cozy place to snuggle up with a date? This is your place. The food will warm your soul. 220 S Main St, Algonquin, IL 60102.
3. Roemer Topf
You wouldn't think that you would find an authentic German joint in this part of the state, but here it is. The food is traditional and phenomenal. 1415 McKinley St, Mascoutah, IL 62258.
People schedule months in advance to eat at this restaurant. A mercurial menu and seasonal plates make this restaurant a true experience. 1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614.
This fantastic American tapas (small plates) bar is a hidden gem. Where else can you get duck nachos? 515 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104.
6. Bien Trucha
This joint is small, and you will likely have a wait. That said, the food will change the way you look at Mexican food forever.
410 W State St, Geneva, IL 60134.
7. Basils Greek Dining
8. Girl and the Goat
Stephanie Izzard, past winner of Top Chef, can do no wrong in Chicago. Experience the drama at her restaurant, with an open kitchen and dynamic plates. 809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607.
9. Montarra Grill
This beautiful restaurant features fantastic small plates, as well as your massive steaks. They also serve fantastic seafood. 1491 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102.
10. One World Cafe
As the name suggests, you will take a trip around the world at this place--without the expense of travelling. Beyond the bold dishes, they also have just a basic, solid breakfast. 1245 W Main Street, Peoria, IL.
So there you have it. Any surprises on this list?