Winning works up an appetite. And when you’re in the zone, what sounds better than diving into some delicious food? Not much, if you ask us.
There’s nothing worse than being “hangry” with nowhere to go. That’s why SlotDawg has rounded up Illinois slot game locations with the best food. From classic bar food to eclectic twists, we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and maybe unnotch that belt a bit as you read your way through these great restaurants. Come for the slots, stay for the food… and more slots.
Tap House Grill, Lemont
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“Addictive food and creative brews.” Bring it. The Tap House Grill in Lemont has taken the All-American brewery concept and ran with it with its hearty menu of bar food favorites. One look at the Lemont location’s menu will have your mouth watering. The food selection is not for the faint of heart. With a burger literally called the “Double Bypass Burger,” it’s advised to leave your diet at the door. The wide range of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, desserts (Stout N’ Bacon Brownies, hello), and other house specialties like pastas and fish dishes will surely keep you tied over.
Top picks we want to try? The Loaded Tater Totchos, wings in their 2017 award-winning Devil’s Catsup hot sauce, and the King Kobe burger challenge: a triple decker of American Kobe beef topped with your choice of ½ pound of cheese and 1 pound of fries. Those who vanquish the King win a King Kobe Tap House Grill t-shirt and bragging rights to last you through the next round of beers.
Speaking of beers, the Tap House Grill wouldn’t be much of a tap house without awesome brews on tap. Focussing on microbrews, THG has beers from Founders, New Belgium Brewing, Half Day, Boulevard Brewing and others on tap. The joint also features a Beer of the Month to broaden your beverage horizons – aka, another excuse to keep drinking more beers at THG.
The Saddle Room, Hoffman Estates
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The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates is a fantastic option for those seeking a more sophisticated lunch, dinner, or date night location. The restaurant resembles a Western lodge, but with modern and elegant European flair. It also has outdoor patio seating for when those less frigid nights *eventually* come back around. The price range of The Saddle Room is higher than the rest of the places on this list, but no doubt you’ll get an excellent experience full of adventurous eats.
The menu is also reflective of its worldly atmosphere. From dish to dish, you could be jumping from Italian, Spanish, and Mexican, to Thai and French. Every meal brings together the best in farm-fresh ingredients and grass-fed meats. The selections include rustic brick oven pizzas, authentic pastas, steaks and chops, and appetizers that complement the extensive wine list. A standout that we’re dying to try is The Saddle Room’s Peach-Y Keen brick oven pizza with smoked peaches, poblano, tomato, roasted red peppers, pepperjack and mozzarella cheeses, and citrus sauce. If you beat us to the punch, let us know how it is! Other unique menu finds include Spanish Coast Seafood Stew, Lobster Corn Dogs, Duck Wings, Short Ribs and Colorado Lamb Chops. Be right back, just salivating.
Vito and Nicks II, Hickory Hills
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Thin crust pizza is usually blasphemy in Chicago, but Vito and Nick’s has managed to steamroll ahead in its 90-year history. The original Vito and Nick’s Pizzeria on Chicago’s South Side was featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives back in 2011. For its customers who can’t make it to S Pulaski Rd, the newer Vito and Nick’s II Pizza in Hickory Hills is under the same ownership and doling out its famous cracker-thin crust pizza in whichever way you’d like.
The most requested pizzas are the Italian Beef Pizza, which features another Chicago favorite atop cheese and peppers, and the Breakfast Pizza, made with eggs and bacon. The freshly cracked egg yolks are placed on the uncooked dough and covered with bacon so that when it’s cooked, the egg yolk is released after biting into the crunchy bacon. This pizza is either a “love it or hate it;” some don’t like the texture or taste of a runny egg, while it’s a dream come true for others. One thing is for sure: whether you’re team deep dish or thin crust, it’s necessary to check out a Chicago institution at Vito and Nick’s II.
D.C. Cobb’s, Woodstock
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D.C. Cobb’s has the chops. This pub and grill has been voted as having the best burgers in McHenry County. It’s hard to impress us – we’ve eaten A LOT of burgers in our day, but D.C. Cobb’s has definitely caught our attention.
What is possibly most striking about their burgers is not only the quality but the quantity of options and how you order. It’s a customizable burger experience. First, you choose from 20 burger options based on the toppings. The outlandish names given to each burger are a riot, too, featuring old-school, classic names in Hollywood or pop culture (The Ned Ryerson, The Orson Welles, The Dick Tracy, and The Stompanato). Next, you pick your protein, either black angus beef, grass-fed beef, buffalo, turkey, veggie black bean, or chicken breast. Finally, you pick your side item and you’re set! All that’s left to do is drink one of the 24 craft brews on tap, and you’ve got yourself a night of good eats and great slot play.
Crosstown Pub, Batavia
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Rounding out our list is the Crosstown Pub and Grill in Batavia. Crosstown classifies itself as the ultimate appetizers and wings stop. And when your wings have been rated #1 by NBC and seen on the Travel Channel, WGN Chicago’s Best, and NBC, you get to brag. All of Crosstown’s poultry is free range, naturally raised, antibiotic and hormone free, plus brined and cooked to order. Then the real fun begins.
The wings/tenders then get drenched in one of Crosstown’s 20 sauce options. Some are more conventional, like parmesan garlic, teriyaki, sweet bbq, and classic buffalo. Others are anything but: pizza wet, whiskey bbq, chipotle coconut, honey sriracha, maple bacon, and peanut butter and jelly. PB&J? More like peanut butter and jealous of everyone who’s already gotten to try them.