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As one of Chicago’s outlying suburbs, Elgin often finds itself dwarfed by its larger neighbor, but exploring this charming town’s restaurant scene is a highly satisfying venture. Elgin restaurants cater not only to international tastes, but also to those looking to really get back to the roots of American cuisine. Culture Trip takes a look at 10 of the best restaurants in Elgin.
If you’re wanting a taste of New Orleans in the heart of the Midwest, there’s nowhere better than the Grumpy Goat Tavern, where the Big Easy vibes and hearty Creole cooking will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into Mardi Gras. Make straight for the selection of deviled eggs – a Louisiana staple that’s tweaked by the chef every week – before settling into a mammoth po’ boy sandwich with strips of fried grouper fish with a sharp citrus aioli. A glass of bourbon on the rocks should settle you into high spirits; a second glass should get you raring to go for the night ahead – there are 60 bourbons to choose from, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.
Additional reporting by Kieran Morris.