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Hog Wild in Midlothian was included in the “Best Pork” episode on Chicago’s Best. Known for their super-thick “world famous pork chop,” they also offer a variety of additional BBQ meats, fried shrimp, steak, beef and sausage sandwiches, chicken, burgers and more - and you can dine beside a big tank of fish. You haven’t lived until you try one of their fresh, juicy, tender chops.

Johnny K’s Patio in Lansing was featured on a “My Hometown” segment by Val Warner on Windy City Live. This dine-in, carry-out and drive-thru establishment has an extensive menu that includes gyros, ribs, rotisserie chicken, subs, soups, pasta, salads, fajitas and much more. There’s also a sizable kids’ menu and family party packs to feed a big crew.

Featured on Check, Please!, Krapil’s in Worth has been keeping hungry people in the Chicago Southland coming back for over 50 years in this northwoods-style establishment that offers steaks, pizza, seafood and more and has outdoor seating on an inviting patio with live bands on weekends.

Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank showed off its best on Chicago’s Best’s “Best of the Southern Burbs” episode, Check, Please!, Windy City Live and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. With a fusion of southern BBQ and Mexican specialties, you’ll find everything from slow smoked ribs to New Orleans crawfish etoutfee to enchiladas. It’s also a lively sports bar with a huge beer list.

When Chicago’s Best host Elliott Bambrough stopped by Bakewell Bakery in Flossmoor, he felt like he was back in his hometown in jolly ‘ol England. The bakery specializes in British fare, from sausage rolls to scones to steak and ale pie to Chelsea buns. Be sure to wash it down with a lovely cup of tea!

Check, Please! doesn’t feature a lot of south suburban spots, but The Cottage on Dixie in Homewood is one that made the cut. Offering an upscale, yet casual experience, this is the place to go for a seasonal, farm-to-table menu.

Tin Fish in Tinley Park made its way onto Chicago’s Best for their fresh seafood offerings. This modern version of the 1940 seafood houses will make you feel like you’re dining on the Atlantic shore!

Brittany Peyton whipped up Rigatoni al Forno, a signature dish at Carlo’s Restaurant in Chicago Heights when the restaurant was featured on Chicago’s Best. This longtime Chicago Southland favorite has been around for decades featuring Italian specialties of the Lorenzetti family.

Maple Tree Inn in Blue Island was featured on Check, Please! and is a place where once inside you will feel like you were transported to New Orleans and can linger with a craft beer while you nosh on jalapeño cheddar cheese cornbread fritters, fried green tomato napoleon, crawfish chowder, jambalaya and other N’awlins cuisine.

The Harvest Room in Palos Heights earned a spot on Chicago’s Best for their amazing Scotch eggs, but that’s just one of many must-try dishes at this chic farm-to-fork eatery that also offers a number of gluten-free and vegan options.

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