IL Posted in Illinois March 08, 2016 by Laura Here Are The 11 Dishes You Have To Eat In Illinois Before You Die You’ve got several good years ahead of you. Enjoy them! If you live in Illinois, you need to eat these 11 dishes. Just maybe not in one sitting, okay? 1. Italian Beef Sandwich Eugene Kim/Flickr There is a proper way to eat these things. First, load it up with giardiniera (that spicy vegetable stuff). Then, top with as much juice as possible. If this sandwich isn't totally soaked, you are doing it wrong. 2. Deep Dish Pizza Scott Veg/Flickr Don't plan on doing much physical activity after consumption. In Chicago, your best bet is Giordano's or Pequod's. In central Illinois, you will be very pleased with Papa Del's. 3. Chicago style hot dog navin75/Flickr It is a sin to put ketchup on this dog. It starts with a beef hot dog, topped with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes and sport peppers, on a poppy seed bun. 4. Horseshoe ryan harvey/Flickr If you live north of I-80, there is a strong chance you've never heard of this. What a shame. It's an open faced sandwich with a hamburger patty, french fries and cheese sauce. 5. Pierogi vxla/Flickr These have their origin in eastern Europe but are incredibly popular in Illinois. They are dough filled with meats and then boiled in water. 6. Chicago style popcorn snowpeaandbokchoi/Flickr Everyone has his favorite, whether it's Nuts on Clark or Garrett's. Chicago style is cheese and caramel popcorn mixed. 7. Frontera Grill Frontera Grill/Facebook You simply have to eat in one of Rick Bayless' restaurants. It's innovative and delicious Mexican food. 8. Poutine jeremiah.andrick/Flickr This dish isn't just for Canadians. It's french fries and cheese curds topped with gravy. What could go wrong? 9. Donuts Nate Burgos/Flickr There is an embarrassment of riches as far as donuts in Illinois. Whether it's Doughnut Vault, Firecakes or Do Rite, everyone has a favorite. 10. Ann Sather Cinnamon Rolls andrew currie/Flickr What makes these cinnamon rolls different from all other cinnamon rolls? Besides the massive size, these cinnamon rolls are buttery, flaky and simply delicious. 11. Steak Jen Knoedl/Flickr Quality beef has been a part of Chicago's heritage since the beginning, and many restaurants here know how to properly cook a steak. Just looking at these pictures, I think I need to go for a jog.