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10 Best Diners in Illinois

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Have a craving for one of those classic American diner foods? You’re in luck, because Illinois is full of amazing diners where you’ll find one mouthwatering menu after another. Check out any of these local favorites.

The Chicago Diner, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Diner is a beloved legend in the windy city. This diner is particularly unique because it’s turning that stereotype of greasy diner meat on its head, serving up an exclusively vegetarian menu. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you have to check out.

The 50’s Diner, Peoria, IL

Take a stroll back in time when you walk into The 50’s Diner. Every aspect of this ornate diner is built to replicate the 1950s, from the food to the decor.

Charlie Parker’s Diner, Springfield, IL

For 30 years, Charlie Parker’s Diner has been a Springfield staple. This delicious diner has won numerous awards and was even featured on a 2007 episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Merry-Ann’s Diner, Champaign, IL

Everyone can eat, drink, and be merry at Merry-Ann’s Diner. This warm and welcoming Champaign diner has all your diner favorites on the menu, like breakfast combos, patty melts, turkey and swiss sandwiches, and more.

Debbie’s Diner, Decatur, IL

Debbie’s Diner may seem like a humble local spot in downtown Decatur but it’s a popular and bustling location nonetheless. Stop into this quaint diner for friendly faces and taste bud-friendly food.

Tony’s Diner, Bloomington, IL

Tony’s Diner in Bloomington has everything you could want in a diner. It has a rich menu of tasty favorites, a relaxed atmosphere, and plenty of seating where you can take a load off and simply enjoy your meal.

The Lucky Penny Diner and Cafe, Naperville, IL

If you’ve stumbled upon The Lucky Penny Diner and Cafe, luck is already in your favor. This Naperville diner serves outstanding breakfast and lunch cuisine seven days a week so you’re always welcome.

D’s Diner, Quincy, IL

D’s Diner is a beloved part of the Quincy community. Not only does it offer absolutely delicious food every time but it’s highly involved in the local community, making it a true neighborhood diner in every sense of the word.

Mary Lou’s Grill, Carbondale, IL

Head to Mary Lou’s Grill for a taste of Carbondale. It’s best known for its famously fantastic biscuits and gravy which will have you hooked after just one bite.

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