Chicago Pizza is a must and Giordano's is probably the best because they are one of the few places that has branched out of Chicago and kept the quality. Don't mention Uno's its not the same. Still, I am a bit suprised you went all out with the Spinach. Personally, I would pick sausage since its unique to the area. Something that FL pizzas seem to miss the mark!
My favorite local chain (though they are not very close to my house and not from IL) is Culver's. Butter Burgers.........mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... This is also probably why the steriotypical Midwesterner is overweight! LOL!
But do you know who is from IL? Jimmy John's, Potbelly and McDonalds!
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I'll have to look up the Noble Romans in South Bend! Haven't been to one in ages! Thanks for the info! ;-)
EDIT: Now that I think of it there is Splitsville, but they are mainly an upscale bowling alley and are mainly in FL and TX. But their hot wings (which is not listed on the menu) are the best. Although they may melt you face off, and you can literally smell how hot they are tables away.
My other favorite is Oklahoma Joe's - the best BBQ in town happens to be located inside a gas station :-)
For the best chicken on the planet take your whole family to one of the two Stroud’s locations in the area.
For great toasted subs, Yellow Sub opened a single store in Lawrence, KS, about twenty years ago. Now they are called Planet Sub and stretch across five states.
KC is famous for its BBQ, and here are two excellent local chains: Smokehouse & Jack Stack.
On your way to Silver Dollar City in Branson, be sure to stop by the original home of “throwed rolls”: Lambert’s Cafe. Remember to bring cash or checks… no credit cards accepted!
Despite growing up in southern California, I can still get my Mexican food fix in if I visit La Fuente or Margarita’s.
And for killer Italian food in huge portions, you simply cannot beat Garozzo’s. Fine dining with amazing food, service, and ambiance.
Finally, though not a chain, a visit to the Kansas City area would not be complete without stopping by the one and only Swagger KC for some of the finest gourmet bar food ever imagined. The Dead Texan and Suribachi burgers are 2000 calorie monsters that have to be experienced to be believed!
Though, we do have a growing Hispanic population here in Baltimore. So there are plenty of Peruvian chicken joints around here. If you happen to be stopping in Baltimore, Chicken Rico in Highland town is well worth the stop.
You got McDonald's right? That counts for something......maybe?
My favorite chain around here would have to be either Cafe Lou Lou. Cafe Lou Lou has a lot to choose from, but my favorite dish is the black bean lasagna w/a small wedge salad on the side. Delish! Tumbleweed used to be my favorite local chain until they revamped their menu and some of their dishes. Their queso used to be to die for.
Skyline is a strange animal. They call it chili, but it doesn't fit my description of chili. At first I ordered plain chili; a HUGE mistake. It only works its magic in combination with spaghetti and a mountian of cheese. It's certainly unique.
For a fun night out or a crazy breakfast, I recommend Lynn's Paradise Cafe. It's a Louisville landmark.
Anyway, the "butter" on the burger at Culver's is put on the bun, which does give the sandwich a richer taste. Here's a link to their website, check and see if you have one near you, Mike, and let us know what you think!