Friday, August 6, 2010

And the Number One Reason to Visit Illinois is... (drumroll please)

If you wouldn't love Illinois for any other reason, I can guarantee you would absolutely fall head over heels for its food. That's right. Its FOOD! I was going to go through our vacation meal-by-meal, but I think the better choice would be highlighting the notable restaurants and meals (notice that there are 13 items to note... count them... 13... in 6 days- and that is just the NOTABLE ones!!!):

I. Mexican restaurant: (Numero uno) With Grandma QQ (Indiana)

II. Giordano's

III. Giordano's: AGAIN that night at the rehearsal dinner- ughhhh... so... much... deep dish pizza...

IV. Omega: For breakfast

V. Mexican food: At the wedding

VI. Panera Bread: I know it isn't local to Illinois, but I just love it too much to leave it out

VII. Harry Caray's Tavern: Hamburger restaurant at Navy Pier

VIII. Haagen-Dazs: (Navy Pier) Can we say, "yesssss"?

IX. Mexican Restaurant: (Numero dos)

X. Portillo's: Where I found the beloved chili cheese dog that did me in

XI. Baker's Square: Breakfast the day we left

XII. Five Guys: This ended our trip with a bang... probably in more ways than one (this was not in Illinois, but it was still worthy of the list)

XIII. Starbucks: Obviously this isn't a local Illinois place... but of course, if you know me at all, you will know it is one of my most favorite places EVER! That is why I am finishing this list with a bang! :)

mmm, mmm, MMM! Deeee-licious! If you visit Illinois sometime, make sure you don't miss these delicious restaurants that are sure to tantalize your taste buds like they did mine! If you have been to any of these places, feel free to share your experiences. If you have another recommendation or two, please share them with me. I would love to know where to go to eat during my next visit to Illinois (hopefully that will be sooner than later- although my jeans are begging for NEVER. AGAIN.!!!!)


  1. Yes....those are all great places... however.. you are never gonna have better Mexican than here in the great state of TEXAS!

  2. Pizza and Dogs. It's why people come here. The Five Guys in Downtown Naperville is so delicious.....I'm glad we got one.

  3. @Linz Ah, ah, ah! Don't forget your roots! CALIFORNIA has THE best Mexican food... eva! Texas can be second. :D

    @Eric Five Guys is definitely good. Howeverrrr, have you been to In-N-Out Burger in California? Oh me oh my! It is the best ever! I could eat there everyday, gain 300 lbs, and be content. It is deliciously amazing!

  4. Giordano's was definitely my favorite. I am glad we went there twice-- even if it was in the same day.

    Wow. We ate out a lot. We did get one delicious home-cooked meal during our trip, and I think we all were very grateful for the change of pace.

  5. Oh yeah, I forgot to add that! That was delicious, thanks to Mrs. Peterson! It felt so light compared to the other meals we had eaten even though it was 100% well-rounded! And we were all "well-rounded" by the end of the trip for SURE! Haha!