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Fans’ Choice: Best Food

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You decide who gets the coveted Lil Hank Award every month. Photo: J Nanez Photography

Lil Hank Award

McHenry County Living hosts monthly Facebook polls to figure out real peoples’ favorite place to eat and drink around here. And by real people, we mean YOU. As long as you have a Facebook page, you have a vote. Polls are open for two weeks. One vote per person.

Winners are presented with the coveted Lil Hank trophy and are featured in a video. Top 5 are ranked and featured with hours and maps. Vote in our polls by subscribing to our Facebook events here.


January – Best Soup: Kim & Patty’s Cafe, McHenry. Top 5.

February – Best Bakery: Konrad’s Bakery, Lake in the Hills. Top 5.

March – Best Coffee Shop: Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

April – Best Steakhouse: Jameson’s Charhouse, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

May – Best Burger: The Tracks, Cary. Top 5.

June – Best Sushi: KYOTO Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar. Top 5.

July – Best Mac & Cheese: Epic Deli. Top 5.

  • MCL’s Mac and Cheese Throwdown People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice: BBQ King Smokehouse.

August –


February – Best Fish Fry: Rusty Nail Saloon, Ringwood. Top 5.

March – Best Corned Beef & Cabbage: Niko’s Red Mill Tavern, Woodstock. Top 5.

April – Best Brewery: Crystal Lake Brewing, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

May – Best Mexican Food: Pablo’s Restaurant & Cantina, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

June – Best Produce Market: Woodstock Farmers Market. Top 5.

July – Best Ice Cream: Julie Ann’s, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

August – Best Waterfront Dining: Broken Oar, Port Barrington. Top 5.

September – Best Oktoberfest: Broken Oar, Port Barrington. Top 5.

October – Best Pizza: Georgio’s Pizza, Crystal Lake. Top 5.

November – Best Sandwich: Epic Deli, McHenry. Top 5.

December – Best Chocolate: Riverside Chocolate Factory, McHenry. Top 5.


Rusty Nail
Rusty Nail Saloon, Ringwood Road, Ringwood, IL, United States
Niko's Red Mill Tavern, Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL, United States
Crystal Lake Brewing
Crystal Lake Brewing, North Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
Pablo's Mexican Restaurant, West Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
Woodstock Farmers Market
Woodstock Farmers' Market Nfp, South Johnson Street, Woodstock, IL, United States
Julie Ann's
6500 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, United States
Epic Deli
Epic Deli, Schaid Court, McHenry, IL, United States
Riverside Chocolate
Riverside Chocolate Factory, Illinois 120, McHenry, IL, United States
Kim & Patty's
Kim & Patty's Cafe, Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL, United States
Konrad's Bakery
KONRAD'S BAKERY, Ackman Road, Lake in the Hills, IL, United States

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