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Blue Collar Gourmet Food at Big Guys Sausages in Berwyn

Mike Gebert 5 comments

What's nice about O'Connor's sausages is that nothing is too out there; he calls his food "blue collar gourmet food," which pretty much sums up an approach of quality with lack of pretension. More

A Sandwich a Day: Berto's Sub at Berto's Deli & Pasta Shoppe, Downers Grove

A Sandwich a Day Molly Durham Post a comment

When craving an Italian sub, there are three main things I'm looking for: a flaky, tough bread, a big stack of quality meats, and giardiniera that just barely sets my mouth on fire. The Berto's Sub ($4.50 for 6") gave me all of those. At least almost. More

Get Smashed Burgers Delivered by Train at The Choo-Choo Restaurant in Des Plaines

Mike Gebert 14 comments

The food at The Choo-Choo Restaurant is delivered on HO train cars that run the circuit from the kitchen to the counter. You might expect, as a result, that the hamburgers would be, at best, edible. But surprisingly, it's one of the best examples of a smashed griddle burger on the Illinois side of the Indiana border More

Chicagoland: Back Alley Burger Serves 'The Most Insane-est Hottest Burger Ever-est'

Jennifer Olvera 11 comments

Back Alley Burger in La Grange has a super lineup of creative burgers and sides with fab shakes and homemade pie. More

Chicagoland: Tongue-Singeing Thai at Thai O'Cha in Darien, IL

Jennifer Olvera 1 comment

Thai O'Cha in Darien is a hidden gem with all the greatest hits, well-prepared More

Chicagoland: Westmont's Uncle Bub's BBQ

Jennifer Olvera 3 comments

Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont dishes up tasty smoked meats and superior sides. More

Chicagoland: Little Joe's, A Bastion for Beef in Countryside, IL

Jennifer Olvera 5 comments

Little Joe's in Countryside is a must for Italian beef and hot dogs, topped with shaved celery giardiniera. More

Chicagoland: World's Best Burgers at Fred's in Burlington, WI

Jennifer Olvera 5 comments

Fred's in Burlington, Wisconsin, has one amazing burger and great Parmesan-covered, house-made potato chips, too. More

Chicagoland: Seafood And 'Cue at Captain Porky's

Jennifer Olvera 1 comment

Captain Porky's in Wadsworth goes to great pains to source and serve some of the area's best barbecue and seafood, all under one wood-trimmed roof. More

Chicagoland: Mrs. T's Memorable Mushroom Pizza in Downers Grove

Jennifer Olvera 3 comments

Mrs. T's Pizza in Downers Grove is easily overlooked, but standout mushroom pizza makes it destination-worthy. More

Chicagoland: Sloppy Sandwiches at Naperville's Schmaltz Deli

Jennifer Olvera 6 comments

Schmaltz is a Jewish deli in Naperville, serving great pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, potato pancakes, homemade soup, noodle kugel and cookies. More

Chicagoland: Bohemian Fare at Riverside Restaurant

Jennifer Olvera 3 comments

Riverside Restaurant is one of a handful of remaining Berwyn area Bohemian restaurants, serving destination-worthy bread dumplings and roast duck. More

Chicagoland: Terrific Tofu at Chinese Kitchen in Westmont

Jennifer Olvera 6 comments

Chinese Kitchen in Westmont serves authentic fare in an unassuming setting, with standout dishes like fried tofu with jalapenos and salt. More

Standing Room Only: Rand Red Hots is Ready for Spotlight

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Rand Red Hots is not a copy of Gene & Jude's, Redhot Ranch, or any other minimalist hot dog stand in the area. It's actually unique, which is about as big of a compliment as I could give it. More

Chicagoland: Mabenka's Hearty Polish-Lithuanian Fare

Jennifer Olvera 2 comments

Mabenka Restaurant & Banquets in Burbank serves a hearty mix of Polish and Lithuanian fare. More

The Expected and Unexpected at Pulp Kitchen in Oak Brook Terrace, IL

Jennifer Olvera Post a comment

Unusual and everyday breakfast items make for an interesting experience at Pulp Kitchen in west suburban Oak Brook Terrace. More

Middle Eastern Morning at Al Bawadi Grill in Chicago's South Suburbs

Jennifer Olvera 4 comments

Instead of eggs and bacon, consider Al Bawadi Grill, Al Mawal and Fattoush in the south suburbs of Bridgeview and Worth for a breakfast alternative. More

Fasano's Stellar Pizza (And More) in Justice, IL

Jennifer Olvera 3 comments

Fasano's Pizza in suburban Justice serves an exemplary thin-crust sausage pie, along with a respectable Italian sub, chicken Parmesan sandwich, Italian beef and Italian sub salad. More

Devour Best-Ever Lemon Fries at Cross-Rhodes in Evanston, IL

Chicago Jennifer Olvera 4 comments

Cross-Rhodes, a Greek diner in Evanston, serves lemon-bathed, feta-showered fries, plus other brightly flavored Mediterranean musts. More

Bar Eats: Escape to New Orleans at Maple Tree Inn

Josh Conley 7 comments

Maple Tree Inn doesn't make you feel like you are their guest for the evening; it makes you feel like more like a house guest, with a table always waiting for you. More

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