Bloomington to Mitchell: a Few Stops Along Rt. 66 in Illinois
Last year my job took me from southern Wisconsin to St. Louis on multiple occasions, so to make the best of those long drives I spent a lot of time on US-66 between Bloomington and Mitchell...in fact, I drove all
of it. Here are the better meals I had along the way, in geographical from east to west. Atlanta
The Country-Aire Restaurant
is right on the edge of town, near I-55. I stopped in one Monday morning (all my other trips took place on Sundays) for a late breakfast and had a very good ponyshoe (the horeshoe's little brother) made with eggs, ham, potatoes, and gravy. Filling!
Fortunately Atlanta also has The Palms Grill Cafe
, located right downtown and absolutely worth visiting.
There's a back room for extra seating and special events.
What's this, now?
The chicken and mashed potatoes were terrific.
Excellent green beans, too.
Naturally, the pies are kept on metal stands under clear plastic/acrylic covers. Anyone care for a slice of blueberry?
Time to pay up and get back on the road. Yes, it's fully operational.
As an aside, the other half of the building that houses The Palms is used for the local museum and historical society and is a great place to check out. Part of the museum is even devoted to classic arcade games from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Auburn
Surprisingly, I didn't make any food stops in either Lincoln
during my trips so the next place I ate was Fat Guy and a Fryer
, on the western edge of Auburn. I mentioned them in the BPT thread but they deserve a mention here, too, because of the excellent BPT they serve. Big and flavorful, it even had a tasty little rim of fat along one side. Girard
I didn't have a meal in Girard but I did stop at Whirl-A-Whip
for a chocolate malt one afternoon. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but I do enjoy a malt every once in a great while, and I was glad I stopped. Perhaps another day I'll get a chance to see what the soft tacos are all about. Litchfield
Everyone who knows about Litchfield has heard of The Ariston Cafe
, but right door is Jubelt's
and that's where I had lunch one Sunday. The bakery side of the business dates back to 1922 (1952 at the Litchfield location) while the restaurant has been in operation since 1982.
Broccoli-cheese soup is one of my favorites.
I really liked the turkey ponyshoe. Mount Olive
Less than 10 miles down the road from Litchfield is Mount Olive and the Crossroads Route 66 Diner
, located just west of town at 66 and IL-138.
Crossroads is another place that serves up a really good plate of fried chicken.
I don't know how much I'll be traveling to St. Louis this year, but I do hope to make a few more drives in the future.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2018/03/23 22:35:16