THE BLOG
07/14/2014 12:09 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2014

What Diners, Drive-ins or Dives Has Guy Fieri Been to in Illinois?

There's no doubt we Illinoisians take our food seriously, especially given all of the awesome restaurants our great state has to offer (and these too). We're bringing you all 29 of Illinois' best diners, drive-ins and dives, as brought to you buy Guy Fieri and The Food Network.

Burgers

Even before the recent "designer burger" trend, burgers were big in Illinois.

Hackney's
Location: 1241 Harms Road, Glenview, IL 60025

Hackney's got its start serving beer and food during prohibition. However, even after the passage of the 21st Amendment, Hackney's is still serving their famous burgers on rye bread and onion rings.

Guy's Recommendations: Inside-Out Burger, French Fried Onions

Paradise Pup
Location: 1724 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018

Ranked the #1 restaurant in Des Plaines by tripadivsor, Paradise Pup is a must-go place for any burger lover.

Guy's Recommendations: Char Burger and Three Layer Fries

DMK Burger Bar
Location: 2954 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Serving more than just your classic meat patty, DMK Burger Bar offers burgers of all types and even has a special late-night menu.

Guy's Recommendations: Salmon Burger and Bison Burger


bopNgrill

Location: 6604 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626

bopNgrill fuses Korean cuisine and burgers, featuring items such as bi bim bap alongside their father burger (double patty with fried eggs, onion rings, bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce and mayo).

Guy's Recommendations: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Roles and Umami Burger

American

It's no surprise that Illinois has tons of classic American eats, including barbecue and fried chicken.

Smoque
Location: 3800 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60641

Smoque not only serves traditional Chicago BBQ, they're dedicated to perfecting the cuisine, even publishing a 4-page manifesto.

Guy's Recommendations: Brisket and BBQ Ribs

Chuck's Southern Comforts Café
Location: 6501 W. 79th Street, Burbank, IL 60459

Chuck's combines Mexican, Cajun-Creole and Southern traditions to create some of the greatest comfort food in Chicago and is open for all meals!

Guy's Recommendations: Cajun Meatloaf and Fried Chicken

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket
Location: 645 Joliet Road, Willowbrook, IL 60527

This Route 66 establishment has been bringing travelers perfected fried chicken since 1946.

Guy's Recommendations: Fried Chicken

Kuma's Corner
Location: 2900 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Serving only local beer, Kuma's isn't your typical Chicago bar.

Guy's Recommendation: The Slayer

The Shanty
Location: 38995 N US Highway 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083

The Shanty serves a variety of American classics, from deep fried frog's legs to biscuits and gravy.

Guy's Recommendations: Tequila and Orange Chicken and Filet Mignon

Honky Tonk BBQ
Location: 1800 S. Racine, Chicago, IL 60608

Located in Pilsen, Honky Tonk is known for its slow-cooked brisket and pulled pork.

Guy's Recommendations: Beef Tips, Brisket and Ribs

Nana Organic
Location: 3267 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Nana's serves all-organic American-Latin American-Mexican-Spanish blended cuisine.

Guy's Recommendations: Pupusas and Shrimp and Oyster Po' Boy

Check out the other restaurants Fieri visited throughout the state at Reboot Illinois, including classic diners and ethnic cuisine favorites.

PHOTO GALLERIES
It's called what?
NEXT ARTICLE: Will IL Supreme Court decision be major blow to pension reform?
  1. Rich Miller: Illinois pension reform could be back to Square 1
  2. Only in Illinois: Has Illinois Supreme Court doomed pension reform?
  3. This bill would create a statewide 401(k) plan
  4. Cartoon: Once a champion of term limits, Pat Quinn is now on the sidelines
  5. Like editorial cartoons? Our gallery section has 11 cartoon collections grouped by category. See them all here.