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Yelp's Top Midwest Restaurants

Yelp reveals where its reviewers most like to dine in each Midwest state. See which restaurants made a top 10 list!

Yelp just released lists of reviewers' 10 favorite restaurants in every Midwest state.

With a database of more than 148 million reviews of local businesses, Yelp helps nearly 65 million people a month find places to eat, play and shop. For the first time, the social networking site compiled a list of the top ten restaurants in the Midwest states. 

Here's how they did it. Data gurus at Yelp looked at every Midwest business listed in the Food or Restaurant category that serves a full meal. Then, they used an algorithm that analyzed the number of reviews and star ratings for each business to determine the spots Yelp reviewers like best.

Where do our fellow diners love to eat? Restaurants with global flavors — Mexican, Thai, Cuban, Greek, Italian—scored high. But so did classic diners. Check out the lists and see if your favorite made the top 10—or find some inspo for new places to dine.


  1. Papa Marcos Grill and Kabob, Waukegan
  2. Oriole, Chicago
  3. Jerusalem Restaurant, Peoria
  4. Nini's Deli, Chicago
  5. Loving Heart, Chicago
  6. Sushi Joon, Chicago
  7. Penumbra, Chicago
  8. Elena's Cucina, Roselle
  9. Nature's Best Cafe, Naperville
  10. Pasta Fresh, Chicago

Best restaurants in Illinois
(Left to right) Food from Jerusalem Restaurant, Elena's Cucina and Penumbra; Photos courtesy of Billy C, Mike W and Natalia V via Yelp


  1. Thai Recipes Restaurant, Indianapolis
  2. St. Yared Ethiopian Restuarant, Indianapolis
  3. Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery, Danville
  4. Don Juan Sandwiches, Indianapolis
  5. Chapati, Indianapolis
  6. Taste of Havana Cuban Sandwiches, Indianapolis
  7. Subito, Indianapolis
  8. Roxana's Restaurant, Merrillville
  9. Urban Bread Co., Jeffersonville
  10. Hank's Smoked Briskets, Indianapolis

Best restaurants in Indiana
(Left to right) Food from Roxana, Urban Bread Co. and Taste of Havana; Photos courtesy of Cindy M, Latasah B and Krysha M via Yelp


  1. Cafe d'Marie, Davenport
  2. Her Soup Kitchen, Iowa City
  3. Village Corner Deli, Davenport
  4. The Cheese Shop, Des Moines
  5. 392 Caffé, Clinton
  6. Brewhemia, Cedar Rapids
  7. Oasis Falafel, Iowa City
  8. Suzie-Q Cafe, Mason City
  9. Mi Patria, West Des Moines
  10. Nodo, Iowa City

Best restaurants in Iowa
(Left to right) Food from Brewhemia, Mi Patria and Cafe d'Marie; Photos courtesy of Lucy M, Dan T and Elle P via Yelp


  1. Joe's Kansas City BBQ, Kansas City
  2. Gabby's Peruvian Restaurant, Wichita
  3. Do-B's, Emporia
  4. Desta's Ethiopian Cuisine, Overland Park
  5. Lonnie Q's BBQ, Topeka
  6. Excellent Choice, Leavenworth
  7. Oishi Japanese Cuisine and Bar, Shawnee
  8. Slap's BBQ, Kansas City
  9. Hong Kong Star Restaurant, Olathe
  10. El Pollo Rey, Kansas City

Best restaurants in Kansas
(Left to right) Food from Do-B's, Joe's and Oishi Japanese Cuisine and Bar; Photos courtesy of Jamie C, Lauren F and David L via Yelp


  1. Nonla Vietnamese Street Food, Mattawan
  2. Choupli Wood Fired Kabob, Lansing
  3. Chadd's Bistro, Rochester Hills
  4. Ernies' Market, Oak Park
  5. Eataliana Homemade Pasta, Shelby Charter Township
  6. Rosy's Diner, Escanaba
  7. House of Falafel, Farmington Hills
  8. Krystal Jo's Diner, Flint
  9. Sushi Coup, Rochester Hills
  10. Boostan Cafe, Hamtramck

Best restaurants in Michigan
(Left to right) Boostan Cafe, Chad's Bistro and Nonla Vietnamese Street Food; Photos courtesy of Syaih A, Jeff B and Christina R via Yelp


  1. Lands End Pasty Company, Minneapolis
  2. Town Talk Diner & Gastropub, Minneapolis
  3. Catrinas Mexican Restaurant, Oakdale
  4. Cedar Coffee Company, Two Harbors
  5. Zuppa Cucina, Shakopee
  6. Travail Kitchen & Amusements, Robbinsdale
  7. Moroccan Flavors, Minneapolis
  8. My Huong Kitchen, Minneapolis
  9. Brunson's Pub, St. Paul
  10. Chimborazo, Minneapolis

Best restaurants in Minnesota
(Left to right) Food from Catrinas Mexican Restaurant, Lands End Pasty Company and Zuppa Cucina; Photos courtesy of Paul M, Kara D and David P via Yelp


  1. Blues City Deli, St. Louis
  2. Kounter Kulture, St, Louis
  3. His and Hers BBQ, Dardenne Prairie
  4. Bogart's Smokehouse, St. Louis
  5. Corner Bistro, St. Louis
  6. Melo's Pizzeria, St. Louis
  7. Medina Mediterranean Grill, St. Louis
  8. West Bottoms Kitchen, Kansas City
  9. Thai Rama, Crystal City
  10. Willow Spring Mercantile, Excelsior Springs

Best restaurants in Missouri
(Left to right) Food from West Bottoms Kitchen, Thai Rama and Corner Bistro; Photos courtesy of Kent A, Mark P and Reginald W via Yelp


  1. Sisters Cafe, Plattsmouth
  2. Au Courant, Omaha
  3. John's Grecian Delight, Bellevue
  4. Block 16, Omaha
  5. Banhwich Cafe, Lincoln
  6. Jacobo's Grocery, Omaha
  7. Orsi's Italian Bakery & Pizzeria, Omaha
  8. For the Love of Food Truck, Bellevue
  9. Mi Rancherita, South Sioux City
  10. Tasty Pizza, Omaha

Best restaurants in Nebraska
(Left to right) Food from Block 16, Tasty Pizza and Au Courant; Photos courtesy of Laura H, Blayne Y and Bus Owner via Yelp

North Dakota

  1. Mezzaluna, Fargo
  2. Mediterranean Grill, Fargo
  3. India Palace, Fargo
  4. Nichole's Fine Pastry, Fargo
  5. Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar, Bismarck
  6. Würst Bier Hall, Fargo
  7. Pirogue Grille, Bismarck
  8. Darcy's Cafe, Grand Forks
  9. JL Beers, Fargo
  10. Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo

Best restaurants in North Dakota
(Left to right) Food from Darcy's Cafe, Meditteranean Grill and Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar; Photos courtesy of Vi N, Joseph R and Bus Owner via Yelp


  1. Momo Ghar, Columbus
  2. Scotty's Cafe, Columbus
  3. Sene Grill, Sidney
  4. Guerra's Krazy Taco, Springfield
  5. Express Deli, Brook Park
  6. Midwest Best BBQ & Creamery Camp, Dennison
  7. Tyler's Pizzeria & Bakery, Reynoldsburg
  8. Fond: Lunch and Deli, Cincinnati
  9. Brassica, Columbus
  10. Mi Burrito Mexican Grill, West Chester

Best restaurants in Ohio
(Left to right) Food from Momo Ghar, Sene Grill and Brassica; Photos courtesy of Jeremy B, Ousmane W and Kim W via Yelp

South Dakota

  1. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co, Custer
  2. The Gyro Hub, Rapid City
  3. Everest Cuisine, Rapid City
  4. El Columpio, Mitchell
  5. Murdo Drive-In, Murdo
  6. The Custer Wolf, Custer
  7. Philly Ted's Cheesesteaks, Rapid City
  8. Fuji Sushi & Sake Bar, Rapid City
  9. The Green Bean Coffeehouse, Spearfish
  10. Dakota BBQ, Custer

Best restaurants in South Dakota
(Left to right) Food from Everest Cuisine, Columpio and Custer Wolf; Photos courtesy of Nathalia H, Phoebe T and Katherine C via Yelp


  1. Glorioso's Italian Market, Milwaukee
  2. Dolce Vita Pizza, Kenosha
  3. Skaliwags, Algoma
  4. La Taguara, Madison
  5. The Fireside Restaurant, Ellison Bay
  6. FreshFin Poke, Milwaukee
  7. Ono Kine Grindz, Wauwatosa
  8. Door County Creamery, Sister Bay
  9. 5th and Jefferson Coffee House, Sturgeon Bay
  10. Sieberts Pub, Salem

Best restaurants in Wisconsin
(Left to right) Food from FreshFin Poke, 5th and Jefferson Coffee House and Sieberts Pub; Photos courtesy of Gina S, Ian D and Thomas B via Yelp

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