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Unique Dining Along the Illinois River Road
Since driving America's Byways are all about getting off the beaten path and experiencing "Authentic America," there is no better way to truly experience the region than to explore its communities. Immerse yourself in all the region has to offer.
Explore the many unique dining options below that will help make your journey something special. Many of our communities have a selection of nationally recognized restaurants for you to enjoy. For a full list of options, please visit our Byway Community pages for information links.
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Great breakfast or lunch stop for fresh soups, salads and sandwiches....View Details.
We offer the best food and drinks in Princeton - you get special one-on-one attention. We have a lot of fun here, which means our employees are happy. And we cost less than th...View Details.
Alexander's Steakhouse is Central Illinois' unique dining experience! We brought the fun of the backyard cookout with friends and family INDOORS! At Alexander's Steakhouse, e...View Details.
4. Andy's Diner1001 North 8th, Pekin, IL 61554
American Diner - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fried chicken and family meals....View Details.
5. Avanti's1301 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Welcome to Avanti's, central Illinois' most award-winning Italian restaurant, a customer favorite since 1966, and home of the famous Gondola....View Details.
6. Babe's118 N Plum, Havana, IL 62644
7. Bistro 101101 East Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520
Written up in Midwest Living magazine, this casual fine dining restaurant is a culinary delight located in an historic, renovated hotel in downtown Canton. Listen to live mus...View Details.
Nestled in the back of the Orendorrf Emporium, you can enjoy wonderful soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts in the Blessings Café....View Details.
Boss Hogs BBQ located at the junction of Routes 9 and 24 is conveniently located at the gateway to beautiful Fulton County on the Illinois River Road. If you love great BB...View Details.
10. Brandy's1519 Water St., Peru, IL 61354
11. Burger Barge1401 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Restaurant & Bar...View Details.
12. Café on Main203 W. Main, Ottawa, IL 61350
Home-cooked foods prepared to order with natural ingredients...View Details.
13. Cajun Connection897 East US Highway 6, Utica , IL 61373
Ron McFarlain started Cajun Connection in 1995. Since then, his restaurant has continued to grow and it now attracts travelers from across the country. Hailing from the swam...View Details.
Located in the heart of downtown Utica, Canal Port offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in steak, pork chops, and seafood, but don’t count the...View Details.
The ultimate bed and breakfast for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine using locally gr...View Details.
16. Chippers Grill1733 N. Bloomington, Streator, IL 61364
Family Restaurant...View Details.
17. Chix Restaurant310 N. Park, Streator, IL 61364
Chix, established in 2003, has and continues to provide Streator and it's surrounding area with an option for great food and ultra friendly service. Whether it be our clean, s...View Details.
18. CJ's Café404 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554
Café offering coffee, specialty coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch & catering...View Details.
19. Cornerstone Inn111 N. Main Steet, Washington, IL 61571
Listed on the federal Register of Historic Places, this newly renovated inn is sure to take you back in time as you enjoy contemporary amenities and small town hospitality. C...View Details.
20. Country Cupboard402 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
While exploring Utica your tummy might start to growl. If that’s the case, maybe an ice cream cone will help you out! Country Cupboard offers a wide selection of hand-dipped i...View Details.
21. Cranwill's1400 S. 2nd St, Pekin, IL 61554
Seasonal drive-in root beer stand and food...View Details.
Welcome to Cyd's Gourmet Kitchen, Café + Catering, Ltd., Central Illinois' favorite food mecca. Always using the freshest ingredients possible, Cyd's offers the Peoria area a...View Details.
23. Deb's Dreamsicle209 S. Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546
24. Double D's1434 N 9th St, Pekin, IL 61554
Ice cream and dole whip (soft serve yogurt)...View Details.
25. Duffy's Tavern101 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
You don’t have to travel to Ireland to experience an authentic Irish pub. Duffy’s Tavern, a staple of downtown Utica, serves up delicious Irish favorites and compliments them...View Details.
Elements is located in the heart of Starved Rock Lodge and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Make Elements your choice for a leisurely lunch, casual dinner...View Details.
Coffee Baristo...View Details.
28. Fifth Quarter1110 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Stop by for a cold drink and try our delicious Chicago-style menu. We offer the best pizza, sandwiches, chicago dogs and sausages, and gyros in town! ...View Details.
We are a Midwestern Cafe located in the heart of Illinois and dedicated to homemade and the best of locally-sourced foods. Open 7 days a week to serve you Breakfast and Lunch...View Details.
30. Giant's Den127 E. Fourth St., DePue, IL 61322
Mexican/American Food...View Details.
31. Grandpa's117 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurant with a hometown atmosphere...View Details.
32. Granny Goodwich1104 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Brownies, candies, pastries, pies, breads, biscuits and more! Home of the baker's dozen: Twelve to go and one so they won't know!...View Details.
Happy Thought Coffee has earned a reputation for quality in the Peoria area and has received rave reviees from newspaper and television reviewers. If you are traveling throug...View Details.
34. Hawk's Grove Inn112 E. Market Street, Manito, IL 61546
Jeremiah Joe Coffee opened on November 2nd, 2002 with the hope and dreams to bring great coffee to our customers. While on your journey stop in and get the popular Jeremiah J...View Details.
Jim's Steakhouse since 1960, is a fine dining restaurant known for its delicious dry aged steaks. In addition to steaks we also offer fresh seafood, veal, prime rib, chicken,...View Details.
37. Jimbo's Jumbo1007 N 8th St, Pekin, IL 61554
Italian Beef sandwiches and pizza...View Details.
38. Jonah's2601 N. Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Locally owned since 1986. Our fish is flown in and received fresh each day!...View Details.
39. Joy & Ed's113 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
The River Valley is known for its delicious food and Joy & Eds knows how to dish it up. Located in downtown Utica, Joy & Eds is more than just a bar, it’s a family-friendly re...View Details.
From all of us at Kelleher's we would like to welcome you to our restaurant. Kelleher's is located on Peoria's historic downtown riverfront and is situated in one of its olde...View Details.
41. Kenyon's PlaceRoute 17 E, Lacon, IL 61540
42. Kramer's Kitchen421 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
Kuchie's on the Water is just that...a locally owned restaurant on the Illinois River, 10 minutes from downtown Peoria. Our deck seats over 150 people, and we offer an unparal...View Details.
44. Lariat Club2232 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
At the Lariat Steakhouse, steaks are hand-cut in-house and soups are home-made on a daily basis. We are known for our prime sizzling steaks and our after-dinner ice cream drin...View Details.
Fresh coffee roasts, speciality coffee drinks and snacks...View Details.
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois &...View Details.
Great local spot - Can't beat the burgers!...View Details.
48. Manito Tap110 N. Broadway, Manito, IL 61546
Come join us and enjoy a unique dining experience. Express yourself with the vibrant, interactive art that is displayed throughout. The food is delicious, and the menu changes...View Details.
Peoria's Premier Boutique Hotel! This former Howard Johnson's Hotel was renovated in 1990 into what is now Peoria's only 100% locally owned and operated boutique hotel. We...View Details.
Full lunch & dinner menu & spirits. Located at Sunset Golf Course...View Details.
52. Maurie's Candies522 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554
Specialty candy, cards, magazines and gift items...View Details.
53. Maxine's on Main208 N. Main , Morton, IL
Nonie’s Bakery & Café is open daily and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Relax in the Norman Rockwell/Grandma’s Dining Room or outside under the gazeebo. Sandwiches, ice...View Details.
55. One World Café1245 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL 61606
One World Cafe, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, has been providing guests with quality, consistency, variety, and old-fashioned hospitality since 1993. W...View Details.
56. Our Inn Place1901 Willow St, Pekin, IL 61554
Tenderloins and ice cream...View Details.
57. Pizza Cellar402 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
58. Pizza Peel340 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Specializes in amazing pizza and sandwiches in the area. Located in the lower level of a historic building in Lacon. The Pizza Peel sports an open kitchne wher you can watch y...View Details.
Salads, pasta, deserts, sandwiches - specializes in deep dish pizza...View Details.
60. Rhythm Kitchen305 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
I wanted to be part of the revitalization on Peoria's River Front when I opened the Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe in February 1999. My love of music, good home-cooked food, and a ...View Details.
River Beach Pub offers great food, a large selection of the best draft and bottled beers with the best view of the Illinois River. Enjoy the view from our warm knotty pine din...View Details.
62. Rizzi's on State112 State Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Truly the Best Osso Bucco in the Peoria area....View Details.
You can’t leave hungry when you visit Skoog’s Pub & Grill in downtown Utica. Since opening in 2000, Skoog’s has become well-known for their homemade entrees. “Skoog’s was bui...View Details.
It's Midwestern Steak House Fare at its finest. Comfortable, casual dining with emphasis on quality and service. The menu features succulent, savory Midwestern beef, served ...View Details.
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins, and Starved Rock Inn. The historic lodge has 70 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms. Firepl...View Details.
Country Club with Fine Dining...View Details.
67. The Bistro325 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
Exactly what you are thinking! “Bistro: A small restaurant serving moderately-priced, simple meals in a comfortable setting.” Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch in a cozy and w...View Details.
68. The Coffee Hub318 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Visit one the trendiest coffee shops in North Central Illinois! The Coffee Hub is located in Lacon, Illinois on the main floor floor of a building that is 100 years old. Re...View Details.
69. The Harvest Café317 Locust, Delavan, IL
Located in historic downtown Delavan, the Harvest Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in modern takes on classic American dishes. We make everything in-house and s...View Details.
70. The Publik House4614 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
71. The Spotted Cow718 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Great food and ice cream...View Details.
72. The Sweet Shoppe8 South Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Take a step back in time to and order a shake made form homemade ice cream at this fully restored historic soda fountain, delight in handmade candy confections or caramel cor...View Details.
thirty-thirty Coffee Co. is an independent, locally-owned coffee shop in Peoria, Illinois. We are singularly focused on providing perfectly roasted and brewed coffee with the ...View Details.
74. Toni's427 W Dearborn, Havana, IL 62644
75. Town House116 W Market, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurants ...View Details.
Martini bar, live music, garden patio,...View Details.
77. Trixie's316 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurant & Gift Shop...View Details.
78. Uptown Grill601 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Polished casual dining at its best....View Details.
Unique gas pump décor, serving American favorites....View Details.
Fine dining - Italian specialities & American dishes. ...View Details.
Former Prohibition Speakeasy - Tavern and restaurant...View Details.