There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to dining in Illinois. It would take a whole lot of cash (and a whole lot of hours on the elliptical) to eat through all of the great restaurants here. But here are 10 Illinois restaurants you just really need to check out.
1. 17th Street BBQ
The folks at 17th Street BBQ are putting Illinois on the map as a BBQ destination. We salute you! 32 N 17th St, Murphysboro, IL 62966.
2. Bien Trucha
Make sure that iPhone is charged, because you'll need to pass the time waiting for a table. But once you get in, you'll never look at Mexican food the same way again. 410 W State St, Geneva, IL 60134.
3. Kuma's Corner
Listen, there are a lot of places to get a legitimately good hamburger. But the topics at Kuma's are off-the-wall and the metal music will put you over the top. 2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.
4. Montarra Grill
Whether you want artistic small plates, or you just want a big slab of meat, head to Montarra's. 1491 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102.
5. D'Arcy's Pint
If you've never had a horseshoe (open-faced sandwich with hamburger patty, covered with fries and cheese), let D'Arcy's Pint initiate you. 661 W Stanford Ave, Springfield, IL 62704.
6. Black Dog
There is a reason this place is jammed, and a reason the burnt ends are gone basically immediately. The reason is that it is delicious. 201 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801.
This delicious deep-dish pizza crushes the competitors with its cheesy, crispy crust. 2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614.
8. Gene and Jude's
You should not live in Illinois without a proper Chicago-style hot dog experience. The best is at Gene and Jude's. 2720 River Rd, River Grove, IL 60171.
9. Meson Sabika
Delicious tapas (shareable Spanish plates) constitute the fare at Meson Sebika. The setting is a gorgeous mansion with a great garden. Enjoy the sangria on the patio. 1025 Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540.
10. One World Cafe
As the name suggests, diners can sample dishes representing myriad cultures. You might not get a better breakfast in Illinois. 1245 W Main St, Peoria, IL 61606.
What Illinois restaurant do you recommend as a must-eat? Let us know in the comments.