Funk’s Grove Sirup should definitely be open around this time of the year. March and April are prime tapping season for maple sap. They should be in high gear right about now and are absolutely worth a stop. The Dixie Truckers Home in very nearby McLean, I regret to say, is worth skipping.
Depending how the weather goes this month, you might want to stop coming or going at Funks Grove, IL, (I 55 between Exits 145 and 154) for some freshly tapped, freshly made maple sirup (their spelling). They are on Route 66 which parallels I 55 just to the west of the Interstate. Call them first to see if they have begun tapping the trees yet. See their website at http://www.funksmaplesirup.com/
Thanks for your help all. You guys came up with some interesting ideas. I am always so bored on that trip and hate to eat at chains.
Sorry I never thought about doing a search! Learn something new every day.
Did they have any chocolate strawberry oasis pie?
Or marshmallow mermaid pie?
(I loved that movie, and was so inspired to bake…)
I thoroughly enjoyed my stop at A Slice of Pie in Rolla. They have good soup and sandwiches and an amazing selection of really good pies. It is also only a mile or two off of I-44.
I’ll pass on the snow pictures. I’ve got the same view right outside my office window.
I hope the spring weather will have melted the snow and is in full force for your trip, come the end of March. And then I want to see plenty of pictures from my favorite American Road.
NO, Haven’t made it yet-
We’ll be going the last week of March-
I’m just deep in the throes of research-
work is veeerrryyy slow
and I’ve been spending lots of time internetting [:I]
We did do a mini-trip up and back to the UP,
but it was nothin’ new,
although I could post some pictures of SNOW
(insert insane maniacal laughter here)
iris, from the subtle mention of certain details above, it sounds like you have made your Route 66 trip, yes/no? If yes, where’s the report? How about some pix? I love hearing about others who have made the trek down the Mother Road and their experiences along the way. Watcha got kiddo?
A fun stop might be the Launching Pad in Wilmington where you can also see a Gemini Giant….
In Gardner is the Riviera Roadhouse, an old route 66 restaurant that used to be a hangout for Gene Kelly and some famous gangster from Chicago….they are restoring an old diner car out back.
You may want to read through this thread which basically talks about the same trip in reverse….
Our own Dr of BBQ who posts in the Professional forum has a BBQ place in Springfield, Il. Search there for directions or email him directly.
I don’t ordinarily like to suggest the "search" function because it seems like a brushoff, but that stretch of I-55 has been covered in a fair number of threads. Might be worth your while to check it out.
That being said, my personal experiences have been with the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield and Cozy Dog in Springfield (IL). Both are places I’d return to, but there are also other options in their general vicinities so it might be a few years before I do so.
I am planning to take a road trip with several friends to Chicago. We intend to stop in St. Louis at the botanical gardens but would really like to find some place to stop for lunch either near the gardens or back on the road towards Chicago. We will be taking the dreaded 44 until we hook up with 55. I have never found anywhere south of Springfield IL worth stopping so I am hoping someone has some ideas. Anything off the beaten path in those little Illinois towns?
Springfield MO to Chicago IL
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