Grab a taste of Route 66 at the Palms Grill Café
Do you have fond memories of stopping at roadside diners with your family on trips? Delicious burgers? Creamy chocolate shakes? French fries that melt in your mouth? What many people don’t know is that roadside diners originally sprouted up on Route 66.
In the glory days of Route 66, hundreds of these “town kitchens” opened to cater to travelers, as well as the local community. Some the most well preserved locations are still open today along a stretch of Historic Route 66 in Illinois.
For history buffs and road-trippers alike, there’s no better place to experience one of these diners than the Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois. The Palms opened in 1934 to serve travelers with blue-plate specials, home baked pies and other classic Midwest diner grub. In addition to its restaurant role, the Palms also functioned as the town’s Greyhound bus station and served as a departure point for native sons heading off to war.
After undergoing renovations in 2006, the Palms re-opened in 2009 to bring back the food and atmosphere reflective of a simpler time. The café has become a beacon for travelers from around the world looking for a piece of Route 66 splendor. Ownership has maintained the café’s Midwestern charm, with checkered floors and steel countertop stools, among other mid-century collectibles. The café still serves classic American dishes and travelers must make sure to save room for the Palms’ award-winning pies.
The Palms in Atlanta is located just off Historic Route 66, near Bloomington, Illinois. Stop in to experience the food and friendliness of a classic Route 66 diner.
— Illinois Office of Tourism