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  • Cozy Dog
    corn dog
3.5 out of 5
205 ratings
opened in 1949; American landmark; birth of corn dog; serving up to 1,000 corn dogs & 300-lbs fries every day
3.5 out of 5
610 ratings
Fifty/50See Fifty/50 Video ($$)
(719 ratings)

2047 W Division St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
www.thefifty50.com
  • Four-Courser Sandwich
    whole pork shoulder rubbed & smoked 13-hrs over apple wood, pulled & tossed in gouda bechamel, topped w/ deep-fried jalapenos, sweet potato chips, mac 'n cheese waffle, smokey BBQ sauce on a pretzel bun
3.5 out of 5
719 ratings
#5 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); sports bar w/ 2 full bars, 19 flat screen TVs & a restaurant that offer 3 levels, each with a different "vibe"
Frosted Mug Drive In [CLOSED] ($)
(5 ratings)

11541 S Pulaski Rd Map It!
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 371-3383
  • Belly Buster
    32-oz soft-serve ice cream & strawberry sundae served in (large) glass
  • Italian Beef
    homemade
  • Texas Burger
    2-pattied burger on triple-bun
3.5 out of 5
5 ratings
[CLOSED]; drive-in w/ car hops in cheerleader outfits; make their own root beer
Gene & GeorgettiSee Gene & Georgetti Video ($$$)
(874 ratings)

500 N Franklin St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-3718
www.geneandgeorgetti.com
  • Broiled Bone-In Rib Eye Steak
    20-oz steak wet-aged for 32-36 days; looks good
  • Steaks
    wet-aged
3.5 out of 5
874 ratings
since 1941; celebrity citings: Joe DiMaggio, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Russell Crow, Ron Howard
Gino's EastSee Gino's East Video ($$)
(2423 ratings)

162 E Superior St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337
www.ginoseast.com
  • Meaty Legend
    6-lb deep-dish pizza w/ pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon & more bacon; looks good
  • Sausage Patty Style Pizza
    pan pizza; 14-16-inch "disk of sausage" (pork & beef mixture) on top of crust and cheese layers and then topped w/ tomato sauce
3.5 out of 5
2423 ratings
#24 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1966; pizza dive w/ writing/graffiti all over the walls; long lines; can buy pizzas online & have them shipped to your location
Goddess and Grocer ($$)
(527 ratings)

1649 N Damen Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-3200
goddessandgrocer.com
  • "The Goddess Rainbow Cake"
    "6 layer rainbow cake w/ vanilla buttercream icing, rainbow sprinkles & pride" (from its website)
3.5 out of 5
527 ratings
est. 2004; offering prepared foods, local goods & international fare; known for soups, salads & sandwiches, desserts, artisanal products & more
Hackney's ($$)
(228 ratings)

1241 Harms Rd Map It!
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 724-5577
www.hackneys.net
  • Bleu Cheeseburger
    half pound of premium ground beef w/ fresh bleu cheese kneaded throughout and topped w/ even more melted bleu cheese
  • Famous Hackneyburger
    top seller; half pound of premium beef ground shaped in an oblong patty served on homemade dark rye bread
  • Hackney's Original French Fried Onions
    "loaf" of onion rings
  • Inside Out Burger
    Hackneyburger stuffed with melted cheddar cheese and crisp bacon; looks good
3.5 out of 5
228 ratings
started as selling hamburgers and beer in porch during Prohibition in the 1920s (burgers were free then)
Honey 1 BBQ ($)
(92 ratings)

746 E 43rd St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-9455
www.honey1bbq.com
As Seen On:
$24 in 24, Episode: "Chicago"
  • Rib Tip
    little nugget of smoky rib meat; served w/ fries & bread; looks good
3.5 out of 5
92 ratings
aquarium-style glassed-in smoker & smoked in hickory wood; slow smoked; moved from original airing location (2241 N Western Ave)
Honky Tonk BBQSee Honky Tonk BBQ Video ($$)
(895 ratings)

1800 S Racine Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-7427
www.honkytonkbbqchicago.c...
  • Pulled Pork
    award-winning; slow-cooked for 17 hours at 215-degrees; Guy likes the Memphis vinegar sauce w/ the sandwich, but the mustard sauce when eaten by itself; both ways look good
  • Viking Beef Short Ribs
    dry-rubbed; available only on Fridays & Saturdays
3.5 out of 5
895 ratings
Memphis-style award-winning BBQ locally and nationally including 3rd place Trophy from the World Championship Memphis 2008; live music available on certain nights
Ina's [CLOSED] ($$)
(234 ratings)

1235 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-8227
breakfastqueen.com
As Seen On:
Sausage Paradise
  • Amy's Omelette
    top seller; 3-egg omelette w/ brie, asparagus & chopped chicken sausage
  • Chicken Sausage
3.5 out of 5
234 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1991; "Breakfast Queen" of Chicago
JAM [CLOSED] ($$)
(741 ratings)

2853 N Kedzie Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 292-6011
jamrestaurant.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Breakfast"
  • Malted Custard French Toast
    macerated stonefruit, lime leaf cream, pink peppercorns; looks good
3.5 out of 5
741 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. 2009
Kaiser Tiger ($$)
(496 ratings)

1415 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-3100
kaisertiger.com
  • The Bomb
    5-lb meatloaf made of spicy beef & pork sausage stuffed w/ pepper bacon & wrapped in a brown sugar bacon weave cooked for hours on the smoker & served w/ fresh cut fries, buns, pepper jack cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, & BBQ sauce
3.5 out of 5
496 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); beer hall specializing in "sausage, bacon & beer"
Lucky's Sandwich Company ($$)
(527 ratings)

3472 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-0665
www.luckysandwich.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Chicago"
  • Lucky's Overstuff Sandwich Challenge
    challenge - 3 Lucky sandwiches; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
527 ratings
May St. Cafe [CLOSED] ($$)
(190 ratings)

1146 W Cermak Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 421-4442
maystreetcafe.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Chocolate"
  • White Chocolate Flan
3.5 out of 5
190 ratings
[CLOSED]
Mr. BeefSee Mr. Beef Video ($)
(348 ratings)

666 N Orleans St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 337-8500
As Seen On:
Food Wars, Episode: "Chicago: Italian Beef"
  • Italian Beef Sandwich
    topped w/ mild gardinaire (Italian relish) and dipped in beef gravy sauce
3.5 out of 5
348 ratings
Food War: Al's #1 vs. Mr. Beef... Mr. Beef won (4-votes-to-1); opened in 1978
Parthenon [CLOSED] ($$)
(423 ratings)

314 S Halsted St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 726-2407
www.theparthenon.com
As Seen On:
Cheese Paradise
  • Flaming Saganaki
    appetizer; mild kasseri cheese flamed in brandy; originator of making it flaming (in 1968)
  • Spanakopita
    signature dish; also called "spinach cheese pie"; using feta imported from Greece; looks good
3.5 out of 5
423 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1968; family-owned & run
Pizzeria UnoSee Pizzeria Uno Video ($$)
(1455 ratings)

29 E Ohio St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-1000
www.unos.com
  • Pizza
    Deep-dish crust topped w/ cheese then sausage, pepperoni and then finally the signature chunky sauce, cooked first time, then topped w/ veges and finally cooked again; looks good; Deep-dish
3.5 out of 5
1455 ratings
Food War: (deep-dish sausage) Uno's vs. Lou Malnati's; Lou Malnati's won (3-votes-to-0); established in 1943; birthplace of deep-dish pizzeria; other locations across the country
  • Kobe Beef Sashimi
    slices of raw steak
  • Steaks
    dry-aged steaks
3.5 out of 5
1547 ratings
[CLOSED]; restaurant features hand-selected meats that are dry-aged on the premises in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room; in The James Hotel Chicago
  • Vanilla Stout Cake Shake
    confetti cake w/ colorful buttercream served on top & inside, blended w/ house vanilla gelato & stout; served in a candy rimmed chalice
3.5 out of 5
1135 ratings
[CLOSED]; restaurant & beer hall w/ 100+ in-house beers; offers American fare w/ a smokehouse twist
Schiappa's [CLOSED] ($$)
(21 ratings)

402 S Madison St Map It!
Lebanon, IL 62254
(618) 537-4965
www.schiappas.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "St. Louis, MO"
  • The 29" Challenge For 2
    one 29" pizza pie, 2 persons, 30 minutes; Team Casey lost
3.5 out of 5
21 ratings
[CLOSED]; since 1979
Silver Palm [CLOSED] ($$)
(280 ratings)

768 N Milwaukee Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-9322
www.thesilverpalmrestaura...
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Chicago, IL"
  • 3 Piggy Sandwich
    double smoked ham, pork tenderloin, bacon, Gruyere, onion ring, egg; "one of the best breakfast sandwiches I've ever had" -Casey Webb
3.5 out of 5
280 ratings
[CLOSED]; restaurant in a stationary 1947 Budd dining car serving comfort food
Smoke DaddySee Smoke Daddy Video ($$)
(1320 ratings)

1804 W Division St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-6656
www.thesmokedaddy.com
  • Pulled Pork Benedict
    eggs benedict w/ pulled pork, chipotle hollandaise & choice of fruit or hash browns (ummm...get the hash!); looks good
3.5 out of 5
1320 ratings
opened in 1994; featured in NY Times, National Geographic; free live music, seven days a week; Other Recipes: BBQ Beans | Brisket
Timothy O'Toole's Pub ($$)
(1104 ratings)

622 N Fairbanks Ct Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
www.timothyotooles.com/ch...
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Chicago, IL"
  • Big Timmy Challenge
    two 1/2-lb. burger patties, cheddar, jack, mozzarella, swiss, bbq sauce, bacon, onion straws, lettuce, tomato, pickle & red onion piled high; served w/ 2-lbs of Irish nachos; Casey won
3.5 out of 5
1104 ratings
Irish pub
TopolobampoSee Topolobampo Video ($$$$)
(1020 ratings)

445 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
www.topolobampo.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Sauced"
  • Duck w/ Peanut Mole Sauce
    red sauce
3.5 out of 5
1020 ratings
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