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Much like the nearby city of Chicago, the Southland is a melting pot of cultures, which is apparent in the large variety of cuisine you’ll find in the suburbs. No matter what you are craving or what new style of food you’d like to try, you’re sure to find it in one of the Chicago Southland communities.

If Mexican is your jam, you have a huge selection of Mexican markets and eateries to make a meal into a fiesta, among them Rubi Agave Latin Kitchen, Tequila & Whiskey Bar in Homer Glen, Cocula in Calumet City, Los Compadres in Chicago Heights, La Playita in Chicago Ridge, Restaurante Tenochtitlan in Blue Island and El Cortez Restaurant with locations in Country Club Hills and Mokena.

For a taste of Asian specialties, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes throughout the Chicago Southland. For a lively hibachi-style dinner, there’s Hamada of Japan and Tokyo Steakhouse in Tinley Park, Wu’s House in Evergreen Park and Orland Park, A-Fusion in Matteson, Japan Hibachi Grill in Burbank, Asian Harbor in Homewood and Ye’s Habachi and Seafood in Bridgeview. Try a taste of Thailand at Siam Marina in Tinley Park, Siam Thai in Flossmoor and Joy of Thai in Orland Park. Visit Rising Sun in Mokena, Sun-Sun Restaurant in Richton Park or Liang’s Garden in Lansing for traditional Chinese dishes.

If Italian is more your style, you’ll find pasta, meatballs and more as good as grandma would make at Francesca’s, which has several area locations, including Oak Lawn, Palos Park and Frankfort, Papa Joe’s in Orland Park, Parmesans Station in Tinley Park and Balagio Ristorante in Homewood. For a unique Italian dining experience, reserve the “kitchen table,” at Buca di Beppo in Orland Park, which seats up to 5 and enables you to see food being prepared and interact with staff while you dine.

When you enter Chef Klaus’ Beir Stube in Frankfort, you’re transported to a different place. Decorated with bits of historic accessories, you’re in for a Bavarian feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Enjoy German favorites like schnitzel and sauerbraten with a variety of imported beers. Other European specialties can be found at Warsaw Inn in Lynwood where you’ll find pierogi, stuffed cabbage and other hearty dishes on their Polish buffet. For a wee bit of Irish grub and a fun pub atmosphere, stop by J.J. Kelley’s in Lansing, Ashford House in Tinley Park, The Carraig Pub at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest or Fox’s Restaurant in Oak Lawn. An elegant menu of fresh, French-inspired cuisine can be found at La Voute in Homewood. Add a bit of spice to your dining experience with some good, southern cajun cookin’ at Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Lansing or Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café in Burbank.

Go to www.VisitChicagoSouthland.com/Dining for a listing of Chicago Southland member restaurants.

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