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Jan 29, 2009 03:45 AM

Good Eats near Joliet?

Hey all,

I will be in the Chicago area this weekend and am looking for some good eats in places near Joliet for some good, traditional Chicogo-style food. Any and all suggestions are welcome. I'm willing to try pretty much anything so just shout out your favorite places. My past travel to the Chicago area is limited so I don't know how far I'll be able to range...


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  1. Nothing's more traditional Chicago-style than our famous deep-dish pizza. There are two main styles: double-crust "stuffed" pizza and single-crust "pizza in the pan". My favorite pizza of all is the delicious stuffed pizza at Giordano's, which has locations in Joliet, Plainfield, and Minooka in that area. Stuffed pizza from Giordano's - yum!!! Phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

    Two other Chicago specialties are Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs. Portillo's is always a good bet for either (or both!), and they have a location in Shorewood.

    If you enjoy finer dining, Tallgrass in Lockport is one of the very best restaurants in the entire Chicago area. I posted a detailed report on a dinner I ate there, at The restaurant's website is at

    I've heard good things about Amanecer Tapatio, a Mexican restaurant in Joliet, but I have yet to try it - it's still on my list...

    1. This is where I would go for pizza:

      The Original Vito & Nick's Lemont Lanes
      1015 South State Street
      Lemont, IL 60439

      It's about a 15 minute drive from downtown Joliet.

      1. Not Chicago style, but you need to go to Amanecer Tapatio in Joliet. You can find more about it here by searching, or searching at

        Amanacer Tapatio
        573 Collins St
        Joliet, IL 60432
        (815) 727-4001

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        1. Located just north of Joliet, in Plainfield, is Baby Back Blues BBQ (16200 S.W. Lincoln Highway). This is perhaps the best BBQ institution outside of the Chicago city limits, and it would be a convenient visit for you from Joliet. Ribs are the star. They are smoked in large vertical smokers just behind the counter. Also available are sandwiches (brisket, pulled pork, and chicken), beef brisket, and pulled pork entrees. You have baked beans, green beans, cole slaw, and fries to choose from to accompany your sandwich or entree orders. The fries, cut fresh with the skins on, and beans are delicious, but the thin slaw and bland green beans are forgetable.

          Baby Back Blues BBQ
          Plainfield, IL, Plainfield, IL

          1. It's a little outside Joliet, but if you want really good Chicago Deep Dish Pizza go to Lou Malnati's. I think the closest one to Joliet is in Naperville.