Expand Your Palate with Flavors from around the Heritage Corridor

a chef cooking food in a skillet


When you’re looking to expand your palate or try something new, look no further than these restaurants in the Heritage Corridor.

Chevere Latin Café

From their customer-favorite Arepa’s to Teresa’s homemade desserts, Chevere Latin Café brings Venezuelan Fusion flavors to Downtown Joliet. Using the freshest ingredients, provides all of their dishes with the best quality and taste.

plantain burger from chevere latin cafe


Pesciolino Osterio

When you’re looking for Italian food, you can’t beat homemade! At Pesciolino Osterio’s dishes highlight their own pastas, use only organic antibiotic free/hormone free chicken, and fresh fish and seafood flown in from around the world. You can also enjoy their house made limoncello and fan favorite, the espresso martini.

A plate of claims


Next Mex

“The next evolution of Mexican food” Next-Mex is a fusion of modern twists on traditional Mexican cuisine and Tex Mex. Together the owners combined their vision of modern Mexican cuisine with the traditional recipes that have been handed down through generations to the husband and wife team that run the kitchen. In addition to delicious foods, craft cocktails are offered and highlight quality ingredients and twists on the originals.

a plate with steak and a small bowl of salad. the second plate with small cinnamon donuts with three alcoholic beverages


Cajun Connection

Raised in the swamps near Lake Charles, Louisiana, owner and chef Ron McFarlain features family recipes and his perfected light Cajun batter. Cajun Connections “swamp to table” dishes are served to guests, with the attention Ron would give to anything cooked for his family. From Boudin, Red Beans and Rice and Alligator, all dishes are authentically Cajun.

A plate of fried shrimp with with shrimp Alfredo on the side


Red Dog Grill

If you’re looking to expand your seafood palate, look no further than the Red Dog Grill located at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa. Sit outside, right by the water and enjoy a specialty drink that will make you feel like you’re on vacation while you wait for your meal of fresh seafood.

shrimp nachos by the water


Doc Watsons

Doc Watsons’ Smokehouse offers Central Texas Style Barbeque and know that its not about the sauce, but the flavor and texture comes from the low and slow cooking of the meat. Meats are smoked daily so you will want to make sure you get there early, as to not miss your opportunity to treat your taste buds!

steaks on the grill

If your mouth is watering, check out these and additional restaurants on the Heritage Corridor Site. Enjoy trying something new, and dining local!