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Nov 11, 2007 03:20 PM

Anything Chowish along I-70 in Illinois?

I'm driving through Illinois on Sunday and couldn't find much posted about this area. Does anyone have any recommendations not too close to St. Louis (our ultimate destination?)

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  1. The one thing that comes to mind is the Firefly Grill in Effingham near the intersection of I-57 and I-70. The furthest east you will be on I-70 and still in IL is only a few hours from St. Louis. Firefly is absolutely worth a stop regardless of your final destination. Beautiful space, lots of interesting choices, a place you would never fathom would be in a town heretofore best known for truck stops and chain restaurants.

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    1. re: ddfry3

      I was going to say Firefly Grill also. I've never been, but I bookmarked it when someone was talking about it six months ago. Looks like it might be OK.

    2. You might give this place a crack. Reasonably priced and nice atmosphere:

      1. There are a couple more in's a link to them. House of Plenty has some awesome pie as does Blue Springs. Farmers is a local gathering spot and pretty reasonable.

        1. I'm not sure how far east you are coming from but I've seen some pretty good reviews for this place in Terre Haute:

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          1. re: DetectDave

            Thank you all for the recommendations. I thought I was going to get stuck going to Culvers again in Effingham. I think I forgot to mention that I'm going with a 2.5 year old & a 5 week old, so that might put some of it out of the realm of being nice to the fellow patrons, but I'll check them out one of these trips.

            1. re: DetectDave

              Regarding Button Woods at Sycamore Farm, which is that place in Terre Haute - I really liked it, as you can see in my report in that topic, and it was the first place I thought of for a trip along I-70. However, please note that it isn't open Sundays, which is when the OP is passing through (and it's only open a few other days a week). If you're interested in going, check in advance for their latest hours by telephone or e-mail.