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Springfield is just 90 miles north of St. Louis. Take an extra day on your trip and cross the river for a wealth of Missouri Roadfood.
and also in Bloomington, the Nestle Beich factory for goodie bags of miscellaneous chocolate treats for ridiculously low prices.
I want to second the cozy dog recommendation-we ate there in March and it was AWESOME! Do not even bother ordering fewer than 2 dogs per person….and the route 66 root beer is a must! This place is full of fun history, and the food was so wonderful that it was the perfect capper!
thank you we will try some of your suggestions[:D]
Ohmigod, YES! Rt. 55 is the road that replaced the original Rt. 66, the part that ran through Illinois, anyway. You can still follow Rt. 66- parts of it are essentially the frontage road of 55, parts of it meander through little towns and sections of it are literally underneath 55. There are places all over to eat! A couple of years ago, my boyfriend and I were meeting some friends who live in Champaign in Springfield. We decided to make a day trip pf it, so we left around 11AM and drove down Rt. 66 all the way (or most of the way) to Springfield. We picked a few of the classic places and ate a small meal at each place.
Our first stop was Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook- awesome fried chicken!
I think the next stop was the Polk-a-Dot Drive In, in Braidwood- fun, authentic 50’s drive-in. Decent food.
The next stop was the Dixie Trucker’s Home in McLean, IL. It’s a truck stop with a good buffet and great homemade pies and pastries.
(sorry, can’t find an "official" website for them, but do a search and there’s info all over the web for them.)
And when you get to Springfield, you have to go to our final stop, the Cozy Dog Drive-In! Birthplace of the mass-produced corn dog, founded by a outsider intellectual, Bob Waldmire. He was a fascinating guy- there’s a lot of information about him at the place.
And we stopped at all the places in between- Odell for the filling station, Funk’s Grove for the sirup (no, that’s not misspelled!) and the cemetery is pretty cool (if you’re into that sort of thing)
You don’t have to do the whole Rt.66 thing, but these restaurants are right off Rt. 55, so you could do any of the, easily.
If you have some extra time and are interested in doing the Route 66 thing, get a guidebook to help you follow it exactly. This one’s a little hard to find, but it’s a really good resource.
are thre any good, not franchise, restuarants on rt. 55 to and in Springfield?
travelling from chicago to springfield illinois
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