The 10 Best Lunch Spots in Illinois!

For most people, lunch time often means a quick bite at a local restaurant in the local neighborhood. Cafes have the unique history, dishes, and flavors that fast food restaurants lack. Quaint lunch spots are scattered across Illinois, many are family-owned and operated—sometimes for decades. Check out the following highly-rated lunch spots in Illinois! 

1. Lula Cafe, Chicago, IL

This casual, yet sophisticated restaurant is a neighborhood favorite brunch spot. They prepare their food using fresh and local ingredients, resulting in high-quality and flavorful dishes that keep customers coming back year after year. Customers love the braised pork shoulder sandwich, beet bruschetta and pasta, and tofu bowl. 

2. The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta, IL

Since 1934, The Palms Grill Cafe has been serving up delicious homemade meals and desserts on Route 66. The restaurant has since been meticulously restored to its authentic appearance, complete with an antique cash register and bar with homemade pies on display. Customers love the sandwiches and all-you-can-eat chicken. 

3. Sweet Maple Cafe, Chicago, IL

As one of Chicago’s favorite restaurants, Sweet Maple Cafe serves old-fashioned food in a comfortable, 1940s atmosphere. Their breakfast dishes are extremely popular, but their lunch menu is just as fresh and delicious. They offer homemade soups, fresh-sliced potato chips, and a variety of sandwiches. 

4. The Vegan Cafe, Lockport, IL

The Vegan Cafe is one of the best raw/vegan restaurants in the Chicagoland area. They offer vegan lunch dishes like pizza, burritos, spaghetti, and steak. Their desserts are also amazing and very popular with customers. The staff here is very friendly and eager to explain the dishes and provide samples. 

5. Eggheadz Cafe, Tinley Park, IL

For a delightful lunch or brunch experience, look no further than Eggheadz Cafe. This bright, cheery restaurant serves generous portions with friendly service. Aside from their amazing pancakes, they offer tasty lunch specials such as homemade meatloaf and grilled salmon. Other lunch dishes include sandwiches, soups, and salads. 

6. Labriola Bakery & Café, Oak Brook, IL

Labriola Bakery & Cafe is the perfect spot if you want lunch and something sweet after your meal. They offer lunch dishes like burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Then head over to their bakery and indulge in a chocolate raspberry tart or the sugar cookie gelato (both are customer favorites). 

7. The Courier Cafe, Urbana, IL

This no-frills cafe has been a popular lunch destination in Urbana since the 1980s. Known for their fresh breakfast and lunch dishes served in an antique atmosphere, The Courier Cafe offers reasonably-priced menu items served by friendly wait staff. Customers seem to favor the salad bar, milkshakes, and brownie special sundaes. 

8. Creative Cakes Bakery and Cafe, Tinley Park, IL

Although known especially for their bakery items, Creative Cakes also serves fresh lunch dishes daily. They offer tasty hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, soups, and flatbreads. Customers appreciate the friendly customer service and how they serve local craft brews here. 

9. Abby's Breakfast and Lunch, St. Charles, IL

If you’re looking for a quiet, cozy place to have lunch in the St. Charles area, look no further than Abby’s. They serve wonderful breakfast dishes and offer a combination of tradition and unique lunch items. Their lunch menu features sandwiches and salads served with waffle fries. They also have a soup of the day. 

10. Teardrop Cafe, New Lenox, IL

This family-friendly cafe serves fresh lunch dishes in a warm, inviting atmosphere. They offer two homemade soups every day and serve generous portions. Customer favorites include the paninis and breakfast (most people order breakfast here). Teardrop is also known for their reasonable prices. 

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