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roxanne207 Jul 12, 2009 12:08 PM

Second leg of road trip from New Orleans to Chicago will put us in S. Illinois around lunch time. We usually do this trip in one day, eat in Memphis, and drive straight through this area. This time its two days with a stop at the Wickliffe mounds in Ky. Anyone have any ideas not too far off I-57??

  1. DetectDave Jul 19, 2009 04:48 PM

    Juts a few additions to some already good recommendations:
    Walt's Pizza in Marion
    http://waltspizza.com/
    Larry's Pit BBQ in Christopher
    608 N Victor St
    Christopher, IL 62822-1033
    (618) 724-7115‎

    There is a small diner right close to the Wickliffe Mounds. Ussed to be called Chris's but the name changed recently. Great lunch specials including Harpers Country hams and Harpers quail.
    In Cairo, the old Veach station truck stop located at Rte 3 and Rte 37 is a good one for plate lunches as well. The owners wife makes a rocking cornbread dressing to go with her pork loin or turkey on Sundays.

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      roxanne207 Jul 15, 2009 11:09 AM

      Thank-you, that was exactly what I was looking for!

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        JoeyH Jul 14, 2009 10:45 AM

        Some suggestions:

        Marion exit: 17th Street Bar and Grill. Mike Mills is a 3 time winner of the Memphis in May BBQ cook off. His original location in Murphysboro has more character but the food at the Marion restaurant is good too.

        Also at Marion exit, head west to Herrin. Louie's P & R. Italian deli. All kinds of sandwiches and salads.

        West Frankfort exit: Mike's Drive In. Car hops and all. A throwback to the old A&W type drive ins. I like the pork tenderloin sandwich here...also the onion rings. And, of course, root beer in a mug.

        Benton exit: Go west on Illinois 14 a few miles to Christopher to the Maid Rite Cafe. "Loose meat" sandwiches and good pie.

        Ina exit. Uncle Joe's BBQ.

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          SwedePower Jul 14, 2009 01:10 PM

          BBQ and Drive Inns... must save this post for future. Well done!

          Maid Rite... my father used to LOVE that place. Can someone please explain the allure of loose ground beef (think taco meat before you add seasoning) on a bun? I never saw it as a child, and frankly, still don't see it today! :)

          -Swede

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          EWW Jul 13, 2009 02:43 PM

          Yes, I travel that area and I would suggest stopping at Mt. Vernon at the Cracker Barell which is right off I 57 on the west side...or a more home town restaurant...at Effingham where I 57 & 70 cross...get off on the Teutopolis Exit and go to the East...Niemerg's Restaurant is on the North side of Wabash...They have plate lunches at a reasonable cost...or they have a salad bar that is fresh...what ever you eat...sample the pies...I would only eat pie...coconut creme is the best IMO...or the Fire Fly restaurant for a little more upscale food which is at the Keller Drive Exit. Chicken at Niemerg's for lunch and then take pie with you...can't beat that...and at Champaign go to the Original Pancake House just to the East of the U of I exit....have a spinach salad or any breakfast item is good...strong coffee...EWW

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            ddfry3 Jul 12, 2009 12:37 PM

            Need more specifics...location, genre of food preferred, etc.

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              roxanne207 Jul 12, 2009 10:44 PM

              We'll be coming up I-57. Not so picky about genre- we usually eat regional when traveling, but don't know exactly what that would mean in Illinois. We love ethnic eateries, hole-in-the-wall, etc. What is regional to southern Illinois? Home-cooking? Small town diner?

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                wekick Jul 13, 2009 08:11 AM

                If you like locally sourced (their garden is in full swing) , well prepared food, here is a search that will help you.
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