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Mar 6, 2007 11:14 AM

South Suburban Hidden Gems

I'm starting to explore what the South/south west Suburbs has to offer in good food. This post is for those places on the south side that you think are great, but that are not that well known to the greater public. Please inform us all about your suburbs hidden gems.

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  1. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a "hidden gem" BUT:
    Luisa's Pizza in Crestwood (14025 Cicero Ave) is great. Luisa herself worked in the kitchen at the Original Uno's downtown, and I'm a fan of the deep-dish. The sauce is tangy with a touch of sweetness, and the sausage is spicy & flavorful! We always get the deep-dish sausage and wash down with Peroni beer...mmmm

    1. Fine Dining:

      4471 Lawn Avenue
      Western Springs 60558

      Courtright's Restaurant
      8989 S. Archer Avenue
      Willow Springs, IL 60480


      Tin Fish
      18201 S. Harlem Ave.
      Tinley Park

      1. One more in fine dining:

        1006 S. State St.
        Lockport, IL 60441
        (815) 838-5566

        1. Chuck's Southern Cafe in Burbank, about three miles southwest of Midway Airport. They do a good job with Mexican, Cajun, and BBQ, which is a TALL order.

          1. I have a couple

            Flossmoor Station Brewery
            1035 Sterling
            Flossmoor, IL.


            Great beer, and good food. Set in an old train station.


            Ron's Cajun Connection
            897 E. Highway 6
            Utica, IL.


            Probably the best cajun food in Chicagoland, in my humble opinion it blows Heaven on Seven, Maple Tree Inn, and the others I have tried away. The Gumbo, Etouffe, Jambalaya, & Pecan Pie are excellent. Also it is non smoking. Great place to get dinner on a trip to Starved Rock State Park. Luckily I only live 15 mins away. For dinner go early or plan to wait in line which snakes out the door. Only open Thurs - Sat for dinner, and Sunday noon - 5 p.m..

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            1. re: swsidejim

              I agree Cajun Connection is a must when we go out to Starved Rock. I only wish I lived closer!!!