Illinois February 07, 2018
If You Grew Up In Illinois, You Definitely Love These 12 Classic Dishes
Growing up in Illinois has its benefits. In addition to being home to mind-blowing nature preserves, fun attractions, and great people, the state’s classic dishes are some of the most delicious foods in the world.
If you grew up here, you grew up with some amazing eats. Count yourself among the lucky and read on for 12 amazing meals all Illinoisans love to eat.
1. Fish fry
Most popular on a Friday night, fried fish is best when it's fresh, or better yet, endless. From restaurants to church fundraisers, these special eating experiences can be found throughout the state.
2. Maid-Rite Loose Meat Sandwiches
These iconic sandwiches are like sloppy Joes without the slop. They are made from fresh ground beef and a special blend of seasonings that make your taste buds explode on contact.
3. Horseshoe sandwiches
Every true Illinoisan has tried this delicacy at least once. One of the state's most classic dishes, it is an open-face sandwich that starts with a burger patty on a slice of bread. Next fries and cheese sauce are layered on top. It looks like a mess but tastes like magic.
4. Smoked meats
From sausage to ribs to brisket to chicken, Illinois is home to a plethora of amazing BBQ. The south isn't the only place that knows how to cook meat.
5. Fried chicken
You can get this dish all over the world, but if you grew up in Illinois, you'll always think of your favorite local chicken restaurant. Whether it's an Amish restaurant, a farm, or a lodge, there's bound to be mind-blowing fried food.
6. Corn on the cob
Grilled or boiled, sweet corn is an Illinois delicacy. It's best at the end of summer and through fall when it's fresh from the harvest. Top with butter, salt, and pepper for the ultimate rustic treat.
There aren't many places in Illinois that won't serve you one of these babies, but many restaurants take it even further than that. A wealth of restaurants specialize in different types of burgers that are all tastier than the last.
8. Hot dogs
Though mostly associated with Chicago, this trendy food has been popular enough to trickle into everyday Illinois life. Most places in the state won't frown on you for asking for ketchup, because most Illinoisans aren't that rude.
This Polish delight is a dumpling made with dough and a delicious filling that is usually savory and made from potato. They are a staple to Illinois life and can be found at many restaurants and in many households throughout the state.
10. French fried onions
While you can get this deep-fried dream at fairs and such, the best Illinois spot is Hackney's in Chicago. Real Illinois residents know where to find the best eats in the city.
11. Deep-dish pizza
Though commonly associated with Chicago, this style of pie is recreated all across the state. Most pizzerias here offer deep-dish, stuffed, and thin crust types to appease any taste (and tourist).
Not much beats a deep-fried tenderloin. These crispy yet tender patties of pork are often so large that they overtake the bun, and sometimes even the plate. It's a Midwest delicacy that Illinois is expert at making.
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What other classic dishes do you remember from growing up in Illinois? Share your photos and experiences with us!