Roadfood Adventures: Route 66 Illinois

2 STOPS | 1639 FEET | 6 min

Illinois Route 66 is a highway rich with crazy attractions, unique museums, America’s heartland history, and colorful odes to the joy of exploring the country on four wheels. Food along the way is a beckoning banquet of hometown, square-meals diners and friendly taverns with personality galore. Essential eats include Cozy Dogs (the original — and best — corn dog) and Springfield’s unique kitchen-sink meal, known as a horseshoe.


Cozy Dog

Dipped in batter and deep-fried when ordered, the Cozy Dog has vivid crunch and succulence. French fries are cut here and delightful. A Route 66 landmark.

Must Eats

D’Arcy’s Pint

D'Arcy's Pint is a family-friendly pub specializing in the unique horseshoe sandwich -- a huge kitchen-sink meal unique to downstate Illinois.