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801 E Wood St, Decatur, IL 62521
217-429-1122
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10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Central Illinois tradition--burgers and shakes

Krekel's has been a tradition in central Illinois since 1949. William Krekel founded the restaurant and labeled his signature sandwich the "Krekel Burger." Over the years, he established seven locations--four in Decatur, one in Springfield, Pawnee and Mount Zion. Nothing fancy, just burgers and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Krekel's has been a tradition in central Illinois since 1949. William Krekel founded the restaurant and labeled his signature sandwich the "Krekel Burger." Over the years, he established seven locations--four in Decatur, one in Springfield, Pawnee and Mount Zion. Nothing fancy, just burgers and hand-made shakes and fries. But Krekel turned it into an unbeatable combination. Krekel's in Springfield, opened... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a true old school greasy spoon hamburger joint with great shakes. Has been around since I was a kid. It's always the first stop I make when I return home to visit, sorry mom.

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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My family and I love this local treasure. We always get double bacon cheese burgers and cheese fries. They taste the way burgers are supposed to. All natural, made to order and very greasy. This is definitely one of my family's favorite summertime stops.

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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A great burger with crusty edges. The Krekel's in Mt.Zion has indoor seating. Love their fries and milk shakers.

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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've lived my entire life in Decatur. Many food establishmens have come and gone. Krekels is a cornestone in D-Town. Kids grow up and leave and come to visit....where do they want to go for lunch or diner? KREKELS! There is nothing that says summer evening like a Krekels burger, fries and a lemon custard cone; or strawberry milkshake (my... More 

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Cental IL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's a Decatur landmark. Delicious burgers & frozen custard! Friendly staff. The owners are always there working. No seating. Just carry out.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Quick and delicious food. The staff were all incredibly nice. I'd go back again and again... Please bring a location to Washington, DC!!

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Truro, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Before we went, I didn't understand how a burger and ice cream could be so outstanding. After trying the burger and ice cream I totally understood. The lemon soft serve ice cream actually was delicious and the burger was one of the best we've had in a long time. A fun afternoon outing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great ice cream. Good burgers. Wonderful dive. Prices are ok for burgers.. Sides seem $$$ for what they give you. Nice gem for Decatur in summertime!

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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I have eaten these burgers my entire life, and I must say... they are fantastic. Smashed and greasy and cooked on 450.. they are quite delicious. If you are from Decatur and have never tried one, you have lost your mind. A Vegan would like this burger it is so tasty. A must for anyone out of town to try.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 801 E Wood St, Decatur, IL 62521
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Decatur
  • Phone Number: 217-429-1122

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

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