Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 130

Midwest Heritage Corridor CRUISE DOWN ILLINOIS’ ROUTE 66 FOR NOSTALGIC TASTES ILLINOIS Joliet Route 66 Diner Between the historic Rialto Square Theatre and the Route 66 Welcome Center, is the Joliet Route 66 Diner. This is a truly vintage diner, with the décor and daily specials that you would expect on Route 66. Many great choices, and you definitely can’t go wrong with the pork chops. Polk-a-Dot Drive In White Fence Farm Travel America’s Main Street in Illinois and relive the diners and restaurants reminiscent of the history and freedom of the open road– just a short drive from Chicago. Travellers rave about “The World’s Greatest Chicken!” at White Fence Farm in Romeoville. Serving farmfresh chicken, crispy fish, aged steaks and more, you are sure to leave with a full smile and stomach. You can also get a selfie with the giant chicken statue outside! 128 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 Just a few minutes past the shadow of the Gemini Giant is Braidwood’s own Polk-A-Dot Drive In. The tunes of the 50’s and 60’s are heard over the speakers, statues of icons like Elvis, Betty Boop, the Blues Brothers and more greet you, and a vintage gas pump makes this an iconic stop on your trip down the Mother Road. Burgers, corn dog nuggets, milk shakes and more – a true Route 66 menu. And, because it’s Route 66 – you want to make sure you’re filled up. When you hit the town of Pontiac, make sure to fill up at Edinger’s Filling Station. Country Fried Steaks, Pork Chops, Hamburger Pie. Tallgrass Restaurant Some other stops to make include Wine & Cheese by TCC (Plainfield), Merichka’s (Crest Hill), Tallgrass (AAA Four Diamond Award Winner - Lockport), Old Route 66 Family Restaurant (Dwight) and Final Cut Steakhouse (Joliet). Flash back to a simpler time, pretend the radio station isn’t calling itself “the oldies station,” and travel America’s Main Street in Illinois … stopping into these great restaurants this historic road is known for.