Shannon’s Five Star

Coffee shop | Diner
Worth a return

If you are looking for a lot of food at a reasonable price while traveling old Route 66 through Bloomington, Illinois, Shannon’s Five Star will fill the bill. Located where the Five Star Truck Stop used to be, it is a diner / coffee shop serving three square meals a day Monday through Saturday and breakfast on Sunday until noon.

Daily specials range from meat loaf on Monday to walleye on Friday, and the regular lunch and dinner menu includes steaks and fried chicken, hamburgers and Italian beef, and all sorts of fried sides: cheese balls, onion rings, French fries, mushrooms, and chicken strips.

Breakfast is the meal we enjoyed, especially a huge and hearty hash brown potato plate that includes thin-sliced ham (or sausage or bacon) laced among the spuds along with grilled onions, melted cheese, and sausage gravy … plus eggs, if desired. It is not technically a Springfield horseshoe, but it has all the sledgehammer authority of one. Insatiable appetites also will want to know about the breakfast skillet: another ginormous meal of fried potatoes, onions, and peppers topped with ham, bacon, and sausage (all three), eggs, and sausage gravy.

Shannon’s is a large, friendly place with speedy service that includes coffee refills throughout the meal. While we wouldn’t take a day’s detour to eat here, we will return when ravening for big breakfast in Bloomington.

What to Eat
Shannon’s Five Star, Skillet Breakfast
Skillet Breakfast
Skillet Breakfast: fried potatoes, onions, and peppers topped with ham, bacon, sausage, and eggs.
Shannon’s Five Star, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Hash browns include breakfast meat plus spicy sausage gravy.
Shannon’s Five Star, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash is nothing special to remember.
Shannon’s Five Star, Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits are sturdy fellas, good support for heavy gravy that tops them.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday7am - 2pm
Tuesday7am - 2pm
Wednesday7am - 2pm
Thursday7am - 2pm
Friday7am - 2pm
Saturday7am - 2pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
12 stops | 420 MILES | 7 hr 37 min

In 1946, when Bobby and Cynthia Troup drove their Buick convertible from the East to the West coast in hopes of finding a future writing songs, Cynthia suggested to Bobby that he write one about Route 40. But Bobby found Route 40 boring. When they got to Illinois and hit Route 66, something clicked. Bobby…

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

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