100 Very Best Restaurants: – Ruthie’s All Day

Donuts at Ruthie’s All Day. Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Every neighborhood should be so lucky to have a place like this cafe and dining room in Arlington Heights. In the morning, there are egg sandwiches on milk buns or biscuits and stacks of apple-pie pancakes. Around dusk, the restaurant fills up fast, thanks to strapping meat-and-three barbecue plates anchored by sticky ribs or smoky pulled pork. Our preferred sides: dill-scented potato salad, tangy braised greens, mac and cheese, and a buttermilk biscuit. Inexpensive to moderate.