Famous Food: Local Dishes Featured on Food Network

Famous food in Chicago as seen on Food Network. Are you a fan of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?” Can’t get enough of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Unique Eats” or “$40 Dollars a Day?”

Our very own Windy City and northern suburbs have been featured in all the above shows and more!

Check out the following stops to grab the dishes that made these places famous.


Featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Chris Cosentino chose the Chorizo-Stuffed Dates as his pick for the best. 615 West Randolph St., 312-377-2002

Backstage Bistro
Rachael Ray tried the Polenta Lasagna and gave it a thumbs-up on her show, “$40 Dollars a Day.” 180 North Wabash Ave., 312-475-6920

Bricks Chicago
Get fired up with the Super Painful Pizza at Bricks as seen on Food Network’s “Heat Seekers.” Topped with spicy pepperoni and jalapenos, you might want a glass of water on the side! 1909 N. Lincoln Ave #1, 312-255-0851

Chicago Chop House
Giada recommended the Asparagus-Wrapped Prosciutto on her show “Weekend Getaways” as a lighter, but still delicious option. 60 West Ontario, 312-787-7100

David Burke’s Primehouse
Rahm Fama, host of “Meat and Potatoes,” splurged on the 75-Day Aged Rib Eye with a buttery baked potato on the side. 616 N. Rush St., 312-660-6000

Deluxe Diner
This diner served up their thick and meaty Monte Cristo Sandwich on Food Network’s “Sandwich King.” 6349 N. Clark, 773-743-8244

Green Zebra
Giada loved the roasted squash and apple tart at this contemporary vegetarian restaurant. 1460 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-7100

Hopleaf Bar
As seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” stop by and check out the Venison Pate or their famous mussels. 5148 N. Clark St., 773-334-9851


Guy Fieri’s car

Hot Doug’s
Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” featured the Mountain Man dog made of buffalo, elk, antelope and reindeer meat. 3324 North California Ave., 773-279-9550

Kitsch’n on Roscoe
The infamous Green Eggs and Ham dish received rave reviews from Rachael Ray on Food Network’s “Top 5.” 2005 West Roscoe St., 773-248-7372

Nana Organic
Guy Fieri claims the Biscuits and Duck Gravy is a southern dish that’s not to be missed. 3267 S. Halsted St., 312-929-2486

Purple Pig
A Chicago-favorite, the Purple Pig was featured on “Unique Eats” with their Mortadella with Balsamico as the main focus. 500 North Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744

Try the Shrimp and Heirloom Tomato Pizette at Socca—it was Art Smith’s fave on “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” 3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155

Sun Wah BBQ Restaurant
Sun Wah served up a hearty, Whole Roasted Pig and Beijing Duck with a side of Peanut Butter Egg Rolls when featured on Food Network’s show “Meat and Potatoes.” 5039 N. Broadway, 773-769-1254

Swedish Bakery
Ted Allen’s picks the Marzipan as the best thing he’s ever eaten—will you? 5348 N. Clark St., 773-561-8919

Des Plaines

Paradise Pup
Guy Fieri checks out the secret behind the legendary char-burgers and three-layer fries in his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” 1724 S. River Rd., 847-699-8590


Edzo’s Burger Shop
Host Jeff Mauro of Food Network’s “Sandwich King” recommends the Griddled Burger as his fave at Edzo’s. 1571 Sherman Ave., 847-864-3396


“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host Guy Fieri enjoyed the Inside-Out Burger and the Original French Fried Onions at this “dive.” 1241 Harms Rd., 847-724-5577


Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Chef Marc Malnati played it safe with a Cheese and Sausage Deep Dish Pizza when Bobby Flay challenged him to a throwdown…and it paid off. 6649 N. Lincoln Ave., 847-673-0800


Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House
Always a classic, Melissa d’Arabian featured the Bacon with Cheese Oven-Baked Omelette at Walker Bros. as the best thing she ever ate. 153 Green Bay Rd., 847-251-6000


What food or restaurant hasn’t had their deserved 15 minutes of fame yet? We’re compiling out own list, so comment below.