Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - "Chicago's Finest"


"Chicago's Finest"

  (7 restaurants)    
Aired on: September 13, 2014 
Aired on: September 13, 2014 
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Garifuna Flava: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Garifuna FlavaSee Garifuna Flava Video ($$)
(345 ratings)

2518 W 63rd St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 776-7440
  • Hudut Baruru with Tikini
    fresh cabbage, brown stewed with King Fish & seasoned with black pepper, bay leaf & recado; served with "Hudut" (a mix of green/ripe plantain, boiled & blended)
  • Split Peas & Pigtail Soup
  • Panades
    top seller; corn patties stuffed with hashed buffalo fish and garnished with a sweet vegetable sauce
4.5 out of 5
345 ratings
Paradise Pup: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paradise PupSee Paradise Pup Video ($)
(896 ratings)

1724 S River Rd Map It!
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 699-8590
  • Chicago Dog
    hot dog w/ mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced tomato, cucumber & pickle
  • Italian Beef
    homemade; dipped in au jus; looks good
  • Cheddar Burger
    "need 20 napkins to eat it"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
896 ratings
only 800 sq. ft.; Chicago legend; long lines
BIG & little's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
BIG & little'sSee BIG & little's Video ($$)
(1200 ratings)

860 N Orleans St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-0000
  • Fish and Chips
    beer-battered deep fried cod; fries are double-fried; looks good
  • Foie Gras & Fries
    pan-fried foie gras on double-fried fries topped w/ duck fat (rendered from foie gras); looks good
  • Pork Belly Po'Boy
    deep-fried cubed pork belly w/ Louisiana hot sauce, homemade maple glaze, shredded lettuce, sliced dill pickle served on sub roll; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1200 ratings
opened in 2009; gourmet fast food 12-seat joint; created by 2 best friends since 3rd grade; cash only
  • Horseshoe
    2 slices of toast topped w/ hamburger, ham, bacon, sausage, turkey, chicken breast, pork tenderloin, walleye or buffalo chicken topped w/ cheese sauce & fries or tater tots; top lunchtime seller is hamburger w/ cheese sauce; looks good
  • Pancakes
    16-inch pancake
4.0 out of 5
316 ratings
est. 1992; located in a Quonset hut (manufactured during World War II that was meant to house people & protect materials)
Kuma's Corner: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Kuma's CornerSee Kuma's Corner Video ($$)
(5078 ratings)

2900 W Belmont Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
  • Black Sabbath Burger
    fan favorite; w/ blackening spice, chili, Pepper Jack, red onion; served on pretzel bun; "that's up there in the top 5 burgers on Triple-D"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Lair of the Minotaur Burger
    w/ caramelized onions, pancetta, brie, bourbon-soaked pears served on pretzel roll
4.0 out of 5
5078 ratings
opened in 2005; dive-bar where burgers named after heavy metal bands
Tre Kronor: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Tre KronorSee Tre Kronor Video ($$)
(762 ratings)

3258 W Foster Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 267-9888
  • Gravlax
    Aquavit cured (for 3 days) salmon with chilled asparagus and toast points; looks good
  • Swedish Meatballs
    Topped w/ gravy, served with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and housemade lignonberry relish
4.0 out of 5
762 ratings
opened in 1982; Swedish & Norwegian food
Chicago Brauhaus: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Chicago Brauhaus [CLOSED] ($$)
(570 ratings)

4732 N Lincoln Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-4444
  • Rindsroulade
    beef rouladen -- thin sliced sirloin of beef rolled w/ mustard, bacon, onions & pickle, slowly braised served w/ spaetzle (German noodle) or potato dumplings and red cabbage
  • Sauerbraten
    braised, 6-day-marinated beef, topped w/ gravy & served w/ spaetzle or potato dumplings & red cabbage; Guy got spaetzle (German noodle); looks good
3.5 out of 5
570 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1964; named a street & a park after the chef, Harry Kempf; "a friendly Bavarian atmosphere where friends and family of all ages can enjoy a good meal, a stein of cold beer and dance along to the sounds of the world famous Brauhaus Trio. It is always Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus." (from its website)...looks like fun

"Chicago's Finest"

  (7 restaurants)    
Aired on: September 13, 2014 
Aired on: September 13, 2014