These 13 Illinois Towns Might Be Tiny But Their Restaurants Are Fantastic

Why deal with long lines and wait times while your stomach grumbles and you begin to feel the pangs of being hangry? Forget about the stress and hassle of packed downtown restaurants because your next fabulous meal could actually be tucked away in the rural countryside of Illinois. Sure, it might be a longer drive than perhaps you had hoped, but you’ll immediately forget about those traveling troubles the moment you sit down and take your first luscious bite of your carefully crafted and delicious meal. Who knows, maybe these underrated and tucked away restaurants might just become your next favorite Illinois haunt.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:


There are so many hidden food gems in the great Prairie State that it’s difficult to give all the accolades we want. Whether you’ve been to these places above and want to give a loving shout out or you have another delicious small town restaurant to add to this list, we want to hear from you!