Do you have a favorite food destination you always stop at when on a road trip? Do you get a burger and shake, or maybe some other succulent treat? The roadside diners you love originally sprouted up on Historic Route 66, which runs through Illinois. Therefore, it’s no surprise that today Route 66 in Illinois offers loads of yummy dishes for travelers to get their fill while exploring the historic road. Cozy Dog Drive-In, The Palms Grill Café and Ariston Café are just a few of the Route 66 staples that will provide you with delicious food, lots of kitsch and great memories.
Cozy Dog Drive-In
The Springfield drive-in is famous for being the home of the Cozy Dog, which is similar to a corn dog. While dining on your mouth-watering Cozy Dog, you can gaze at an eclectic collection of Route 66 memorabilia that the drive-in obtained since its opening in 1949. If you love corn dogs and old-fashioned diners, Cozy Dog needs to be on your list of places to visit!
The Palms Grill Café
The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta is a revitalized relic from the heyday of Route 66. Originally opened in 1934, some of the Palms Grill’s famous dishes from back in the 30s are still served to hungry travelers today. No meal at the Palms Grill Café is complete without trying the restaurant’s famous pie. There is a reason why it has won state pie competitions, so make sure you order it to find out for yourself!
The Ariston Café is thought to be the oldest restaurant on Route 66. Opened by Pete Adam in the 1920s, the original location was housed on Route 4. Pete relocated the café to Litchfield in 1935 so that it could be on the Mother Road. Today, the Ariston Café is still owned and operated by Pete family. It’s a great place to go to for fish, steak and hearty favorites like onion rings and burgers. With so much history, wonderful service and amazing food, it truly represents what Route 66 is all about.
For more Route 66 foodie destinations, check out EnjoyIllinois.com.
-The Illinois Office of Tourism