Restaurants in Illinois

45% Off Hibachi Food and Sushi at Domo 77 and Japan 77

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

(221)

Seasoned chefs sear steak, chicken, and seafood on a hibachi-style grill, served alongside classic and specialty sushi rolls

Up to 50% Off Chinese Food at Quick Wok

Quick Wok

$10 $5.50

Popular Chinese dishes such as mongolian beef, orange chicken, and general tso's chicken

Up to Half Off American Pub Food

Joliet

$20 $10

(11)

New Joliet location features a home-style selection of Angus burgers, wings in six different sauces, and other classic pub comfort foods

Up to 47% Off at Zeppe's Italian Market

Old Farm

$20 $12

Housemade Italian morsels mingle with freshly sliced deli meats and cheeses at a market modeled after Italian spots of owner's childhood

Up to 50% Off Chorizo Grill

Grant Park

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Food and Drinks at Waukegan Yacht Club

Waukegan

$20 $10

Waterfront dining with views of Lake Michigan Harbor; lunch and dinner fare includes burgers, steaks, salads, and fish n’ chips

50% Off Sushi at Wildfish

Arlington Heights

$40 $20

(29)

Tropical-hued eatery named one of the top 10 sushi restaurants in Chicago by Gayot; rolls with maki, black rice, and soft-shell crab

Up to Half Off French Cuisine at Creperie Saint Germain

Evanston

$85 $46

(49)

Crepes filled with seared salmon, duck confit, Nutella, and caramelized apples

50% Off German Cuisine at Bavaria Hof Restaurant

Schaumburg

$30 $15

(41)

Hearty servings of authentic German food such as home cooked sauerbraten, spaetzle, strudel and more; full German gluten free menu available

48% Off Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Sushi-Ai

Palatine

$40 $21

Wide selection of fresh maki, specialty combinations, and Japanese entrées such as seared tuna or spicy tofu steak

Up to 43% Off Italian Food at Father & Son Italian Kitchen

Skokie

$20 $12

Italian eatery in business 60+ years makes all items in-house; flatbread pizza, pan pizza, pastas, fresh salads and Abbe's gluten-free menu

Up to 50% Off Steak and Seafood at Café la Cave

Des Plaines

$50 $25

Chefs carve entrees and sauté steaks tableside amid cavernous rocky walls and rippling lights

IHOP – Half Off Breakfast and Diner Food

Orland Park

$14 $7

(9)

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner fare

Up to 52% Off Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza or Parmesans Station

Multiple Locations

$29 $14

(48)

Chef Papandrea crafts gourmet pizzas baked over wood in stone oven, stuffed breads & signature pastas complemented by well-rounded wine list

Up to 50% Off Small Plates at SIP Appetizer Bar

Oak Lawn

$20 $11

Mediterranean-inspired small plates such as bacon-wrapped dates, goat cheese-stuffed lamb meatballs, and thin-crust pizzas

Up to 50% Off International Comfort Food at Parrilla Express

Berwyn

$10 $5.50

(10)

Eatery quickly serves up internationally inspired comfort foods, such as chicken, steak, and seafood kebabs from the grill

Up to 56% Off Fajitas and Margaritas at El Sombrero Restaurant

Mount Prospect

$63 $29

(53)

Enjoy sizzling fajitas accompanied by three 4-ounce margarita pours made with top-shelf tequila

Half Off at Stella's Pizza and Pub

Wheaton

$20 $10

Situated inside Fox Bowl, the restaurant serves thin-crust pizza, giardiniera-topped italian beef, and other pub-style eats

50% Off at Ti Amo Cafe Italiano

Hoffman Estates

$30 $15

(34)

Upscale Italian cuisine served on white tablecloths at eatery with weekly live music performances

Half Off Pakistani and Indian Meal at Food Street

Downers Grove

$34.47 $17

Chunks of boneless chicken, braised goat meat, and thick cheese simmer in spiced gravies

Up to 52% Off Steak and Seafood Dinner at Porter's Bistro

Glenview

$30 $15

New york strip steak, cedar-plank salmon, and veggie panini at this bistro with upscale food and casual vibe inside Wyndham Glenview Suites

50% Off at Burger King

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

World-famous fast-food burger chain flame-broils made-to-order Whopper sandwiches along with fries and chicken sandwiches

Half Off Sushi and Stir-Fry at Wok 'n Fire

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(135)

Japanese, Thai, and Chinese specialties include grilled mango mahi-mahi, teriyaki chicken, and spicy Hong Kong scallops

Up to 50% Off Indian Cuisine at Viceroy of India

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(174)

Sizzling morsels of lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka mingle with fluffy naan on expansive north and south Indian menu

$29 Off Indian Food at India House

Buffalo Grove

$30 $15

(136)

Vegetable samosas, shrimp madras, bombay lamb chops, chicken tikka masala, and spinach sauce with homemade paneer

Up to 54% Off Pizza and Salads at Nicodino's Pizza Co. & Café

Bartlett

$25.85 $12

(42)

Start meals with a balsamic-tossed salad, followed by cheese pizzas

Up to 50% Off Barbecue at Crystal Lake Rib House

Crystal Lake Rib House

$30 $15

Baby back ribs, chargrilled burgers, and chili served at restaurant praised by the Chicago Sun-Times

Up to 47% Off Italian Dinner at RoccoVino's Carol Stream

Carol Stream

$30 $15

(26)

Italian cuisine such as rigatoni vodka, stuffed eggplant, seafood risotto, and signature pizzas

50% Off at Aodake Sushi & Steak House

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(146)

Chefs create more than 40 traditional and specialty maki rolls in additon to Japanese favorites such as tempura, teriyaki, and hibachi

Up to Half Off at McBrides Plainfield Pub & Grille

Joliet

$20 $11

Burgers laden with chipotle sauce or pulled pork; wings drenched in six sauces; ample domestic drafts and craft beers at a full bar

Up to Half Off at Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza

Wheeling

$10 $5

Diverse menu with handcrafted pizzas, classic American dishes, and items inspired by Italian and Mexican cuisines

Half Off at The Curragh Irish Pub

Edison Park

$30 $16

(89)

Celebrate Irish culture with live Irish dancing, dozens of draft beers, and traditional cuisine

Up to 45% Off at Tilly's Po'Boys

Calumet City

$20 $11

(9)

Chicken and seafood po'boys served with one side such as loaded baked potato salad, cup of gumbo-lia, or a duo of fries

47% Off Barbecue at Hickory River Smokehouse

Glendale Heights

$15 $8

(78)

Diners chow down on juicy Texas-style barbecue smoked with hickory wood for hours

$6 for Italian Food at Jimbos Jumbos

Pekin

$12 $6

Cooks serve hot Italian meatball sandwiches and bake pizzas available by the slice

Up to Half Off Japanese Cuisine at Kegon

Northbrook

$40 $20

(32)

Filet mignon, scallops, and swordfish steaks seared on hibachi grills

45% Off Subs at Rammy's Sub Contractors

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

(75)

More than 20 subs, including a reuben, BBQ chicken, and Italian beef, are homemade and baked fresh in-house

Half Off at Blue & Gold Pizza

Veedersburg

$30 $15

Taco salads, sausage sandwiches on 12" italian bread, and pizzas topped with housemade sauce and Grande Cheese Company cheese

Up to 50% Off at Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

$20 $11

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$10 for Chinese Food at Wonton Deli

Woodridge

$10 $5

Chinese food such as barbecue pork, shrimp roll, and wonton lo mein

Half Off Mexican Food at Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

(6)

Tacos and burritos stuffed with various vegetarian and meat fillings, such as carne asada, carnitas, and coconut shrimp

Half Off Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn

Niles

$20 $10

(35)

Menu includes deli and grilled sandwiches, Angus burgers, pizza, craft and domestic brews, and speciality drinks

50% Off at Phoenicia Mediterranean Restaurant

Highland Park

$30 $15

(93)

Kosher beef, chicken, lamb and fresh seafood prepared with Mediterranean recipes passed down from generation to generation

$10 for Mexican Cuisine at Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Burbank

$20 $10

(10)

Traditional Mexican cuisine includes homemade chips and salsa, tacos and burritos chock-full of meats, and huevos rancheros

50% Off Pizza Meal from Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza

Plevna

$20 $10

Fresh pizzas such as the Cowboy with red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms wait to be baked at home in customers’ ovens

Half Off Pan-Asian Cuisine at Asian Pearl

Glen Ellyn

$30 $15

(24)

Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes served in modern dining room with Asian decor influences

Half Off at Wilmette Chop House

Wilmette

$60 $30

(11)

Chef Rob returns from the market with fresh ingredients to craft that evening’s dinners, which include filet mignon and broiled lobster tail

Up to 51% Off Mexican Meal at La Alianza Restaurant

West Chicago

$39.98 $20

(6)

Fruity sangria or tangy margaritas complement entrees such as cheese-smothered enchiladas, crispy chimichangas, and massive burritos

Up to Half Off American Food at Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge

McHenry

$20 $10

(29)

Sports lounge serves burgers, pizzas, pastas, steak, fish, & more while 36 TVs air sports; champagne included in Sunday brunch

45% Off Sushi and Contemporary Grill Cuisine at Swordfish

Batavia

$40 $22

(125)

Special-ordered fresh fish used in artfully presented seafood entrees, sashimi, and sushi rolls, served in room illuminated by fireplace

$11 for Mexican Food at Quinta Carmina Mexican Restaurant and Cuisine

Belvidere

$20 $11

(6)

Handmade Mexican ceramics and glassware surround guests as they dine on carnitas tortas, steak fajitas, fried sea bass, and stews

Up to 51% Off at Pizzarelli's Pizza

Ellisville

$22 $11

Handmade pizza dough creates thin-crust, deep-dish, and New York–style pizzas with fresh sauces and toppings

50% Off Italian Food at Danny’s Cafe

Melrose Park

$25 $12.50

(74)

Generous portions of classic Italian comfort food include pasta, chicken, steak, and veggie dishes

Up to 50% Off at La Rosa Pizzeria & Restaurant

Vernon Hills

$20 $11

(24)

Homestyle Italian food such as chicken alfredo and margherita pizzas, asiago-stuffed gnocchi, homemade lasagna, and capicola sandwiches

45% Off at Armand's Pizzeria

Elmwood Park

$20 $11

Family recipes inspire thin-crust and pan pizzas, baked pastas, stuffed artichokes, baked clams, and antipasto salads

Up to 45% Off Breakfast or Lunch at George's Restaurant

Lockport

$20 $11

(12)

Chefs flip fresh pancakes, grill half-pound burgers, and stuff sandwiches and paninis with meats and fresh vegetables

Vincitori – Up to 46% Off Italian Cuisine and Drinks

Westmont

$80 $43

Former veteran Ritz-Carlton chef Bob Airdo crafts upscale northern- and southern-style Italian dishes

54% Off Tacos and Cocktails at Tipsi Monkey

Winthrop Harbor

$43.89 $20

(20)

Build your own tacos from premium meats, cheeses, and fixins such as cilantro and pico de gallo

55% Off at Boardwalk Pizza

Ballwin

$33.10 $15

Eatery offers pizza with hand-tossed dough and housemade sauce and cuisine such as wings, chicken fingers, and meatball subs

40% Off at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Homer Glen

Homer Glen

$25 $15

Burritos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and other Mexican favorites with vegetarian options

$24 Off at Asian Tokyo

Rolling Meadows

$25 $13

(17)

Guests enjoy a menu of Chinese and Japanese classics including kung pao chicken and sushi, while dining in the glow of red hanging lanterns

50% Off Pub Food at Mr. J's Bar and Grill

Loves Park

$20 $10

Build-your-own burgers with blue or american cheese; delicate lake perch with soup or salad; hawaiian pizza with pineapple and jalapeño

Up to 60% Off Mexican Cuisine at Restaurante Tenochtitlan

Morgan Park

$27 $14

(29)

Icy margaritas complement cactus, pork, and chorizo tacos and other Mexican cuisine at eatery named after the ancient Aztec Empire's capital

50% Off Thai Food at Rosded Too

Morton Grove

$25 $12.50

(66)

Chefs blend sweet and savory Thai flavors and customize spice levels to diners' preferences

Half Off at John Dough Bakery

Lisle

$10 $5

(29)

Pastries and chocolate-covered confections accompany a casual lunch menu kicked up with components such as fresh goat cheese

Half Off Italian Cuisine at La Notte Due in Darien

Darien

$30 $15

(11)

Gnocchi with spicy arrabbiata sauce, spaghetti Bolognese, and other Italian entrees paired with a selection of international wines

Up to 45% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Bar

Bloomingdale

$20 $11

(66)

Rolls filled with creamy avocado and salmon, teriyaki combos with deep-fried pork, and plates of ginger-sauteed squid

Up to 50% Off Chicago-Style at Grill Fare at Beef Villa

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

(30)

Classic "hot and fast" fare such as Italian beef sandwiches, broasted chicken, and Italian sausage

Half Off Café Food and Drinks at C U Latte Cafe

Villa Park

$5 $2.50

Surrounded by local artwork and decorative reeds, café visitors enjoy a menu of coffee drinks, frozen lemonade, and sandwiches

50% Off at Corleone Sicilian Restaurant

Lake Geneva

$30 $15

(75)

Mussels steamed in a white-wine and lemon sauce, fresh fettuccine tossed in a creamy garlic sauce with broccoli, and classic veal piccata

40% Off Hot Dogs at Slott's Hots

Libertyville

$10 $6

(22)

Classic hot-dog joint food, including hot dogs, polishes, burgers, italian beef, and gyros, pair with creamy shakes and cheese fries

47% Off East Asian Cuisine at Sesame Inn

Evergreen Park

$30 $16

(89)

Traditional food from China, Japan, and Thailand with sushi combos and 17 types of stir-fry

Up to 54% Off American Food at Scoreboard

Lake Zurich

$20 $10

(7)

Nachos piled with beans, melted cheese, and homemade chili precede half-pound burgers, seven kinds of sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas

Up to 50% Off at Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

$20 $11

Thin-crust, stuffed, or pan pizzas covered in customizable toppings alongside homemade pasta, baked sandwiches, and salads

Up to 50% Off at Nevada Cafe

Mokena

$20 $11

(17)

Vegas-inspired cafe regales guests with American diner food

45% Off Japanese Food and Drinks at Wildfish

Deerfield

$40 $22

(105)

Tropical-hued eatery named one of the top 10 sushi restaurants in Chicago by Gayot; rolls with maki, black rice, and soft-shell crab

Half Off at Cowboy Slim's Smokehouse & Saloon

Godfrey

$20 $10

Burgers and barbecue meals cooked in natural-wood smoker

Up to 52% Off Wings, Beer, and Karaoke at Philly T's

Palos Hills

$30 $15

(8)

Glasses of frothy beer paired with wings, nachos, or mozzarella sticks; sports every night

50% Off Casual Italian Food at Jonny's Pizza and Pasta

Fairview Heights

$20 $10

(41)

Pizzas slathered in sweet red, alfredo, or barbecue sauce join baked pasta, fresh salads & 12-inch subs

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Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”

While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.

1961 W Galena Blvd
Aurora,
IL
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

2137 S Perryville Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Named in honor of local firefighters and police, The Department's restaurant and liquor lounge serve modern cuisine in a loft-style space outfitted with exposed-brick walls, gleaming wood floors, and an abundantly stocked bar. In preparation for the dinner rush, waiters flip crisp white cloths to hide tables’ risqué tattoos while chefs fire up the grill and stir marinades for gourmet steaks, pork loin, and seafood plates. House specialty dishes reflect the chef's meticulous attention to detail; the Cajun rib eye basks in a marinade for 48 hours, and the crab-stuffed tilapia offsets the rich seafood with a white-wine sauce. At lunch, a menu of gourmet sandwiches and burgers fosters casual meals. Fridays see live acoustic entertainment filling the air with quarter notes as bartenders work hard shaking potent cocktails and luring corks out of wine bottles with maraschino cherries. Those craving al fresco eats during warmer months may dine on The Department's tree-lined, second story balcony.

205 N Chicago St
Joliet,
IL
US

When childhood pals Michael Caringella and Armand Christopher bought Elmwood Park's Victory Tap in 1956, one of their first orders of business was determining whom their new establishment would be named after. In the end Michael won the deciding coin toss and, to dodge any complaints that might arise, slyly chose to dub their eatery Armand’s Victory Tap. With Armand’s original artwork gracing the walls and Michael’s decadent thin-crust pizza flying from the oven, the restaurant received far more compliments than criticisms; and although Armand sold his portion to Mike in the 1960s, the eatery—since renamed Armand's Pizzeria—still thrives today.

City dwellers and suburbanites alike can taste a slice of the original thin-crust pie at any of Armand's 10 locations. Though menus differ slightly at each eatery, all contain thin- or pan-crust pizzas crowned with an array of fresh toppings, ranging from ham, bacon, and pineapple to feta and kalamata olives to italian beef and spicy giardiniera. Beyond pizza, the chefs pull fresh-baked mozzarella mostaccioli from the oven, glaze baby back ribs with tangy barbecue sauce, and assemble hearty sandwiches from italian beef, italian sausage, and genuine italian leather.

2555 W 75th St
Naperville,
IL
US

The Winery at Shale Lake sprawls over 212 acres of verdant terrain, with a 10-acre vineyard producing a menu of eight original wines for enjoyment in an array of charming settings. Spin around the 24-acre lake during a 30-minute bike ride aboard any of the Surrey cycles available for rent, or hike the scenic trail to slowly experience nature and the soothing melodies of Bigfoot quartets. Sip on up to five complimentary varieties of wine in the tasting room, built into the barn for a fine equine view through the picture window, and chow on gastronome goodies, including baked brie with raspberry sauce ($6), or white garlic and sausage pizza ($9). Kick back in the winter loft during colder months, playing pool and swirling sippers such as the Fifth Dimension, a sweet red foch wine, and the Beginners Luck, a semisweet chambourcin (all $4.50 by the glass). Live performers burst into song roughly twice a month, so thirst quenchers can enjoy sweet sounds while tickling their taste buds and their friends' bellies on Saturday evenings.

1499 Washington Ave
Staunton,
IL
US