Best Steak at Fairbanks in Downtown Aurora

Steak Aurora Fairbanks

Downtown Aurora has the best steak! Fairbanks, located in Hollywood Casino, was named CULINARY CHAMPION for the area’s BEST STEAK by the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Mayors and Village Presidents in the 10 communities comprising the Aurora Area will judge in 10 food categories:  Bar-B-Q, burger, dessert, Earth-to-Table, ethnic, pizza, seafood, soup, steak or veggie/vegan dish that’s NOT a salad.  Each of the 10 communities will host the competition one month between now and next July.


A special thanks to Village President Jim Roderick and Hinckley, IL for hosting the first competition on Tuesday October 7 at the Village Hall.  Jim was joined by fellow judges 4th Ward Alderman Jamie Saam of Batavia (Pro-tem for Mayor Jeff Schielke), Mary Kay Sergo of Homestead Bed & Breakfast (Pro-tem for Plano Mayor Bob Hausler and Dale Berman Village President of North Aurora.


The Illinois Restaurant Association “officiated” over the judging process.  Lauren Robin was present to declare Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino Aurora the winner.  Congratulations to Executive Chef Nicacio Corral, Chef Walter Lappay and Greg Lawrence, Director of Food & Beverage!


The next competition will be held in Batavia to find the area’s BEST PIZZA.  It will be Thursday November 20 at Water Street Studios starting at 6:30 pm.  Mayor Jeff Schielke will be our host judge.


All restaurants in Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich,

Sugar Grove and Yorkville are invited to participate.  The dish you enter MUST be a regular menu item.


The 10 CULINARY CHAMPIONS along with the 1st & 2nd runners up each month will be featured in a new travel itinerary that will be used to attract out-of-town visitors to our area to enjoy the BEST 30 food dishes our restaurants have to offer!  ARE YOU HUNGRY YET?

For more information about the Aurora Area CVB, go to