Worth a return

Kurt Ritz contends that cheese is the most important part of a horseshoe, the open-face kitchen-sink pseudo-sandwich of Springfield, Illinois. Canned cheese sauce, which some Springfield shoe makers use, is easy and bright, but it cannot match the silky orange emulsion that starts with the roux Ritz makes each morning, to which he adds Old English cheese and milk to achieve a consistency that will cling to meat and potatoes but not weigh them down. Although beer is not part of most recipes, Springfield’s better sauces have hopsy verve that balances their thickness and offers contrast to the heft of potatoes above and meat below. Ritz’s is good enough that many customers pay 50 cents to get extra sauce for their shoe.

Ritz’s serves very nice shoes (as well as smaller “pony shoes”) for breakfast, starting at 5:30am as well as for lunch. Potential ingredients include burgers, turkey, fish, sausage, grilled tenderloins. You even can substitute American fries or hash browns for the more typical crinkle-cut French fries.

What to Eat
Ritz’s, Horseshoe
This breakfast horseshoe has both gravy and cheese sauce, plus, of course, hash browns, eggs, and breakfast meats as well as slabs of toast down below.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday6am - 2pm
Tuesday6am - 2pm
Wednesday6am - 2pm
Thursday6am - 2pm
Friday6am - 2pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 5 MILES | 19 min

Although the horseshoe is technically an open-face sandwich, it is so big and profuse that it deserves a category of its own. Lunch and supper shoes are piled up with hamburgers, pork tenderloins, fried chicken, whitefish, or even just vegetables along with about a kilo of French fries and a flood of cheese sauce. Breakfast…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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